911 dispatchers honored for ending standoff in N. Charleston

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Two Charleston County 911 dispatchers were honored Tuesday for talking a man who threatened to kill himself out of his house last year.

Amanda Swisher and Alicia Dearborn were among several dispatchers who got awards during the ceremony at North Charleston City Hall.

Swisher took the call from the apparently intoxicated caller that September day.

"He was just done living and didn't want to burden anyone else at this time," Swisher recalled.

What the man said next, caused even more concern.

"He said he had a lot of weapons," Swisher said.

While Swisher spoke to the homeowner, Dearborn was communicating with the cops, who surrounded the home.

"It's a scary thought to have somebody on the phone and to relay that information to the police officers, especially when he's threatening to harm them as well," Dearborn said.

"I started talking to him and trying to get him to agree to getting help to come out there to him," Swisher said.

An hour and a half into the standoff, a hostage negotiator got on the phone.

Almost three hours after it started, the standoff ended peacefully.

The guy gave up.

"It's a really great feeling," Dearborn said.

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