Bellmead: Three dispatchers honored for efforts to save man’s life

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BELLMEAD, Texas (KWTX) The City of Bellmead is recognizing three dispatchers for their efforts to save a man's life.

Bellmead Communications Operator Kelsey Smith and Waco Police Department Communications Operators Michael Blohm and Kim Thomas were presented with Lifesaving Awards at Tuesday night's city council for their actions in handling an emergency call. (Photo by Clint Webb)

Bellmead Communications Operator Kelsey Smith and Waco Police Department Communications Operators Michael Blohm and Kim Thomas were presented with Lifesaving Awards at Tuesday night's city council for their actions in handling an emergency call.

Bellmead police spokeswoman Lt. Brenda Kinsey says on the night of July 10, a man called 911 in hysterics, screaming for help.

Smith was first to take the call.

"She was able to stay calm and even though she could not get the man to tell her the address of where he was located she was able to get the coordinates through the 911 mapping and she transferred the caller to Waco Communications Operator Michael Blohm," said Kinsey.

"Blohm sent the call to the Police Dispatcher Kim Thomas who dispatched Waco units to the location Smith gave them."

When officers arrived, they found a man who was shot three times when the Waco convenience store at which he worked was robbed.

"With the assistance of these communications operators who are typically the silent hero's, this male received the help he needed to save his life," said Kinsey.