Niles dispatcher helps save life of stroke victim

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NILES, Ohio (WYTV) – A Niles police dispatcher helped save the life of a stroke victim Friday morning.

At 9:40 a.m., dispatcher Tami Hazlett received a 911 call from a cell phone. The caller, who was very difficult to understand, said he was having a stroke, according to a post on the Niles Police Department Facebook page.

He was unable to give his name, location or any other information. Hazlett told him to “take a deep breath” so she could ask him a series of “yes” and “no” questions. She kept him on the phone for nearly 10 minutes and was able to determine that he is a truck driver and was at a truck stop.

After asking more questions, Hazlett figured out that he was at the Petro Truck Stop on Interstate 80 in Weathersfield. She also found out the truck was yellow and he was parked in the rear lot.

While remaining on the line with the stroke victim, Hazlett added the Trumbull County 911 Center to the call since they dispatch for the Weathersfield Police Department. Weathersfield police and Lane LifeTrans were dispatched to Petro and located the victim, a 69-year-old man from New Brunswick, Canada. He is currently in serious condition in a local hospital, according to the Niles Police Department Facebook page.

“I was just doing my job and I pray that he will be OK,” Hazlett said when she was congratulated for her efforts.

“We are very proud of Tami for her professionalism, calmness, and experience in helping to save this man’s life. Thank you Tami for an excellent job!! You are a true asset to our department and the community,” the Facebook post said.

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