Dispatcher speaks with 14 News about the call for help after Girl Scout killed at camp

Dispatcher speaks about the call for help after Girl Scout killed at camp
Published: Jun. 26, 2019 at 10:31 PM CDT
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PERRY CO., Ind. (WFIE) - Isabelle Meyer, 11, was killed and another child and two adults were hurt when a tree fell on them at camp on Monday.

The Perry County Sheriff’s Office said they received a call around 11:30 a.m. Monday from Camp Koch, which is just outside Cannelton.

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Now, the dispatcher, who answered that call, applauds the caller for being clear and calm.

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Micah Jackson was the dispatcher in Perry County who took a call late Monday related to a freak accident at Camp Koch.

Caller: We’re going to need at least two ambulances.

Dispatcher Jackson: Ok, hang on just a minute, ok?

Caller: You might want to send three.

Jackson says he knew immediately this would be an important call.

Caller: Everybody stay with somebody who is laying down. If somebody is on the ground stay with them.

“Tones in her voice that led me to believe that this was going to be a big call,” Jackson recalled.

Jackson tells 14 News each day, it is his goal to safely get help to those who need it. And, the best way to do that is for the caller to stay calm and communicate clearly.

He says the call Monday from Camp Koch is one he will remember.

Dispatcher Jackson: Stephanie, you’re doing a great job, hon. I know it’s a pretty difficult situation, but I really appreciate the good job that you’re doing. If you can just try to remain calm for me, okay? I do have help on the way.

“Probably one of the best callers that I’ve ever had in such a tragic situation,” Jackson added.

Two adults and two children were taken to the hospital.

11-year-old Meyer wouldn’t survive, a heavy weight for working to send help. Jackson and his work partner said a prayer.

“I took a couple minutes, kind of gathered myself. Knew that if that if another 911 call came in, I would have to be ready to prefer at the highest level,” Jackson stated.

Much of the Tri-State is supporting Isabelle’s family.

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