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911 Call of Man Rescued During Wildfire – Re-Post from September

January 30th, 2014 by

020Around 4:30, Thursday afternoon, during the 700 acre wildfire, a local man was trapped in the woods, with fire and smoke surrounding him.

zz gailThis recording of the actual 35 minute long 911 call shows the teamwork shown by 911 dispatcher Gayle Hyatt, the sheriff’s dept, the Monticello Fire Dept., the Arkansas Forestry Dept,. and other First Reaponders.

This 911 call kept Mike Fritts in contact with the only lifeline he had, as Hyatt kept him as calm as possible, while other MPD officers watched his cell phone GPS triangulation, and another relayed information to the Forestry Committion’s airplane.

“I’m surrounded by flames,” “I can see a plane coming closer,” “The flames are right here on top of me,” “Take your shirt off and wave it (at the plane), “I can’t hear nothing over the roar of the fire,” “I’m not gonna make it,” then “I can hear the sirens,” and ”I see the police cars,” were among some of the many phrases made during the conversation.

Fritts is new to the area, and was checking on his deer stand, when the fire overtook him.

Hyatt, was able to direct rescue workers to Fritts’ area, where he heard Sheriff Mark Gober’s siren, and was able to be safely rescued.

During the ordeal, Hyatt was hearing flames over phone, but was able to tie together the teamwork together, and bring the lost man to safety.

“Everybody working together is what saved his life,” said Hyatt, who has been a dispatcher for 30 years (and 2 weeks) and plans to retire in December.

7 Responses to “911 Call of Man Rescued During Wildfire – Re-Post from September”

  1. Cory McMahon (SEEMS) says:

    Love to hear praise of our 911 dispatchers! Mrs Gayle did an excellent job like she always does!!!! She is always helpful when dispatching the ambulances and she is always on her “A” game and always listens to make sure all the police officers, deputy sheriffs, fire fighters, and EMS are ok! A lot of times these dispatchers do not get the praise they deserve!!!! Thank you Mrs. Gayle for another job well done!!!!!!!

    Cory McMahon, SEEMS Paramedic

  2. hobbitt says:

    The world is full of quiet heroes. And we are all humbled and honored and blessed by their existence.
    Who would expect that the voice of the lady on the phone is one?

  3. Rocky Lindsey says:

    Wow. Incredible job by all those involved.

  4. Jeri Hobbs says:

    This is an amazing story. Gail did tremendous job. This made my heart good.

  5. Deanna says:

    Yay Gail !!!

  6. Great job Aunt Gail !!! Awesome story with a great ending.

  7. jack b fritts sr says:

    wow that was close mike. good thing everyone was on the ball….right…

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