Drewery named top dispatcher

Published 9:38 am Friday, November 9, 2012

Richmond 911 dispatcher Will Drewery has been named the Communications Officer of the Month for October.

Will, who lives in Hunterdale, has been with the police department since February and maintains an average of 8 seconds per call.

His skills were tested on Oct. 12 after receiving a call for a person who had fallen from a train trestle over the James River. Will dispatched the Richmond Fire Department’s water rescue team and Metro Aviation Unit to search for the injured person.

Due to the difficult terrain and limited light conditions, rescuers at first could not locate the caller.

Will had all firefighters cut off their emergency lights, and then one by one, had them turn the lights back on, all the while asking the caller which direction he could see the lights coming from.

The victim was found and treated.

A dispatcher for four years, Will previously worked for the Southampton County Sheriff’s Office.

He is the son of Paige and Gene Drewery, a major with the Southampton County Sheriff’s Office.

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Donte Malone and Gregory Smith hosted the event for the non-profit.

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Anyone interested in learning more about the group can contact Donte at 613-1716 or Gregory at 556-0565.

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The recipient is chosen for academics, character, reputation and testimony.

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Clinton gave Almeta a hug and waved to Frank. Almeta also asked Clinton to pose for a photo, which Frank took.

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