Police and 911 dispatchers are the unsung heroes of emergency response.
They’re the public’s life line to aid and succor, the first voice heard by
folks in need, that core of calm in a world which for the caller has
suddenly somehow exploded.
No one ever wants to call the local PD or 911. Those who do are
unnerved or angry or panicked or sick or hurt or maybe even dying.
Dispatchers work on the fly and under fire, and through it all they must
remain as soothing as a therapist and as precise as a census taker.
Yet dispatchers are seldom recognized for their work. They toil in radio
shacks, outside the public eye, overshadowed by the men and women in uniform
who, in fact, depend on the dispatchers absolutely as much as the public
At its meeting Thursday night, the Chesterton Police Commission did
recognize and honor one of its own: Communications Clerk Cindy Radiger, for
her exemplary service on Aug. 20.
Police Chief Dave Cincoski read the following citation on Radiger’s
Certificate of Commendation, presented to Radiger by Member Brandon Kroft.
“Upon the occasion of a reported suicidal subject, responding officers were
unable to ascertain the true origination of the incident. Communications
Clerk Radiger, in the course of her duties, took it upon herself to conduct
research and investigate information in an expeditious manner, eventually
leading officers to a correct location. Her unprompted actions and calm
bearing resulted in a quick police and medical response that otherwise could
have had an unfortunate outcome. Communications Clerk Radiger’s
professional, prompt, and composed actions are hereby being recognized as a
standard to which all should aspire and emulate.”
Radiger has been a veteran dispatcher with 23 years’ service.
In other business, Cincoski read a note of gratitude from Nick and Diane
Pratt, the parents of the late Porter County Sheriff’s Police Officer
Phillip Pratt, 24, who died on May 16 in an off-duty motorcycle accident in
The CPD’s Honor Guard participated in Pratt’s funeral services.
“Words do not express our gratitude and appreciation for your acts of
kindness and compassion showed both Phillip and our entire family,” the
Pratts wrote. “We will always remember it and we know Phillip would have
been pleased and moved by it.”
Pratt was a Chesterton native, a 2006 graduate of Chesterton High School and
a recipient of the Tim Hecht Scholarship, named for the PCSP officer who
died in 1999 in a SWAT Team training exercise. He graduated from Indiana
University in Bloomington in 2009, with a double major in criminal justice
and sociology and joined the PCSP as a patrol officer in June 2009.
Cincoski took a moment at the end of the meeting to express his and his
department’s condolences to the Porter Police Department on the death of
Nicky, Officer Scott Cornelison’s K-9 partner.
Nicky died unexpectedly in August, following surgery for a bulging disk.
“If there’s anything this department can do,” Cincoski said, “they only have
August in Review
In August the CPD responded to 1,741 calls (2,044 in July), filed 87 cases
(65), filed 14 felony charges and 25 misdemeanor (eight and 37), issued 121
citations and 284 warnings (239 and 489), served four warrants (three), and
investigated 32 accidents with 10 injuries (38 accidents with no injuries).
No report on juvenile activity last month was available.
service in August included 45 alarms (43 in July), 15 animal complaints
(18), one report of battery (two), four burglaries (one), one burning
complaint (zero), one report of a counterfeit bill (zero), one death
investigation (zero), 27 disturbances (24), eight domestic calls (six), five
fireworks complaints (25), nine reports of fraud (eight), two reports of
identity theft (one), 17 miscellaneous juvenile complaints (17), one motor
vehicle theft (zero), nine noise complaints (three), nine parking violations
(four), one peddler complaint (one), four residence checks (10), one runaway
(zero), one sex offense (one), one report of shoplifting (zero), 60
suspicious circumstances (44), 36 suspicious persons (43), 27 suspicious
vehicles (30), 25 thefts (26), 444 traffic stops (546), two train complaints
(two), 29 incidents of vandalism (four), and six vehicle repossessions