Dept. of public safety honors Zinn

Ashlee-ZinnBy Jaime Thomas

Ashlee Zinn deals with life and death situations on a daily basis.

The Granville native works as a communications officer for the Washington County Department of Public Safety and handles emergency calls during every shift.

So what was recently a routine part of her day was a crucial, life-saving moment for one resident’s daughter.

Zinn received a call from a hysterical woman whose baby was not breathing.

“The woman was frantic,” said Bill Cook, director of the department. So Zinn remained calm and walked the mother through the process of administering CPR to the infant, while trying to calm her down as well.

It’s no fluke the tragic situation turned into a happy ending; Zinn knows what she’s doing. She’s worked with the department for eight and a half years, and has much training with the Priority Dispatch program. Additionally, she has been involved with the Granville Rescue Squad for years and currently serves as the organization’s treasurer.

“This one resulted in a reversal—that’s a pretty big deal for us,” Cook said.

For her part, Zinn indicated she was simply doing her job.

“It’s tough, but you get used to stressful situations,” the Kingsbury resident said. However, she admitted situations involving children have become more difficult since she’s had one of her own.

“Kid calls hit me a lot harder now that I have a kid,” she said. “I stayed calm like I usually do, but it was a huge relief when I heard the baby crying.”

As a reward for her good work, Zinn recently received the first of the county department’s new 9-1-1 Lifesaver Award.

“I wasn’t expecting the award; it’s nice to be the first recipient,” she said, adding that first responders do a behind-the-scenes job and aren’t often acknowledged.

Cook said an official in the department came up with the idea as a way to show appreciation to employees.

“We’ll give out the reward anytime we gave lifesaving instructions that resulted in a positive outcome,” he said. He said Zinn, who is a trainer and instructor at the department, did what all officers are trained to do by remaining cool.

“She’s always done a good job for us; she’s very professional, always courteous,” he said. “She’s the first-time recipient of this award, and we hope to give out a lot more in the future.”

Zinn, who said it was an honor to become a trainer a year ago, seems to appreciate her job

“I started out part time but stayed because I do enjoy coming to work every day,” she said. The lifesaver-shaped pin and Lifesaver mints she received with her award are something that boosts morale, she said.

“Getting recognized just makes you feel better about what you do and helps you feel appreciated.”

 

 

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Sentinel in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Classifieds 12/17/14

Girls fall to Greenwich in opener

A stingy defense was too much for Granville to overcome in season opener Friday night. Granville was held to seven […]

Girls compete with Cougars

The Whitehall girls’ basketball team (0-3) is still seeking its first win of the season. However, the girls stuck with […]

Boys’ hoops handed first loss

After leaping out to a 2-0 start, the Whitehall boys’ basketball team was grounded at North Warren, 65-43. To say […]

What are you drinking?

Whitehall water

By Dan King If you live in the Village of Whitehall, your drinking water is perfectly healthy. That’s what the […]

Dared by friends, she write a novel

Author

By Derek Liebig It started with a dare. A few years ago, Granville resident Michele Sargent was having lunch with […]

Town to host hearing on fire protection

By Derek Liebig The town board will hold a public hearing later this month on proposed contracts for fire protection […]

School board discusses data, expenses

By Dan King The Whitehall Board of Education examined test data Monday and the analysis revealed the district still has […]

Village sewer fund gets $600,000 more

By Dan King The Village of Whitehall has received another $600,000 to work on sanitary and storm sewer separation in […]

All-star game for Milletts

Millett goes to Allstar game

By Dan King Whitehall-native Justin Millett, offensive lineman for the Glens Falls Green Jackets, represented his team at the Minor […]

Boys hoops fall in season opener

Greenwich’s ability to hit the outside shot sunk Granville in its season opener Friday night. The Witches hit 11 3-pointers […]

Commercial farming being redefined

The Town of Granville is in the process of updating its Right-to-Farm Law so that is differentiates between commercial and […]