– January 3, 2016Posted in: Stories
By TEREASA NIMS
Sunday Times Newspapers
ALLEN PARK – Councilman Harry Sisko expressed discontent with central dispatch Dec. 22 during the council’s final meeting of 2015.
Sisko said he was looking out his porch window Dec. 22 when he saw a man collapse. He called 911 and Ordinance Officer Ken Simerly was first to arrive.
“He was there quick,” Sisko said. “I mean like lickety split.”
Sisko said the victim was unresponsive and two people stopped to help as did one of Sisko’s neighbors. He said police and firefighters arrived. Someone performed CPR.
“It was really tough to watch,” Sisko said. “I hope that young man makes it through.”
But Sisko said he was less than thrilled with central dispatch, saying, “I had to call back twice. They asked where I was from. I said ‘Allen Park.’ I mean doesn’t that show up when I call?”
Sisko said these are the things he would like to find out. He said in a moment of crisis, people want things done in a hurry.
“I mean you want someone there right now,” Sisko said.
“At the next (work session) I would like a report from the chief of police on central dispatch. I would like a full-blown report on central dispatch and what’s been done to improve it.
“I’d like a full report on what’s not right and what’s right with central dispatch. I think it’s been a problem for a number of years ever since we switched over. I’m not happy with it.”
Sisko said the council needs to address problems with central dispatch.
Police Chief James Wilkewicz is on vacation and was not available for comment.
(Tereasa Nims can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)