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Huron Valley Ambulance

Huron Valley Ambulance in Ann Arbor

Countless people's lives are saved everyday thanks to the efforts of emergency dispatchers.

They're the person on the other end of the phone when you call 9-1-1.

To honor their service, April 10-16 has been named National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.

I recently had a chance to talk with Dan Blaszkiewicz, an emergency dispatcher with Huron Valley Ambulance in Ann Arbor.


Huron Valley Ambulance

Bobby Grams of Ypsilanti learned the value of dialing 9-1-1 in a health emergency first-hand last month.  Grams found his wife, Karen, lying on the flood of their home, not breathing and without a pulse, and dialed 9-1-1.

The call went to Huron Valley Ambulance dispatcher Tim Wilson, who guided Grams through chest compressions.