Dispatcher keeps calm while mother shot during 911 call

On Monday, the deputy chief of Dalworthington Gardens Police called the actions of a 911 dispatcher heroic.

Over the weekend, a dispatcher took a call for help and immediately realized the caller was her mother.

Police say the woman listened to her mom getting shot during that 911 call.

“There is always the chance that you will come across the person you know very well in these circumstances,” Chief Aaron Ausmus of Dalworthington Gardens Police said.

On Saturday morning, police say a woman called 911 about an argument with a man that was getting out of hand.

The location was just a few blocks away, but by the time police arrived they say 62-year-old Donald Graves had already shot his 61-year-old fiancé Debra Ransom and then shot himself in the face. All of this happened, while Ransom’s daughter was on the line trying desperately to help.

“It was an act of heroism,” Ausmus said. “Her ability to compartmentalization the situation and get the job done [and] get the officers to the scene despite all that was going on."

Both Graves and Ransom are in critical condition, but stable. Both are expected to survive.

Police would not identify the dispatcher to protect her privacy, but say she has been given time off to heal.

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