Clinton County Sheriff Dan Travous credited the work of three of his staff members during an incident-filled Fourth of July.
    Travous, talking at the July 20 Clinton County Board meeting, relayed the stories of what happened that day through emails sent to him on July 5 from two of his deputies who were on duty.
    They wrote that on July 4 around 6:11 p.m., deputies were dispatched to the scene of a two-vehicle accident with injuries on State Route 127 north of Carlyle near William Road.
    As police arrived it was apparent there were several injuries "and due to the mechanism of the injuries, a helicopter response was required," one of the deputies wrote.
    Around the same time that this accident scene was being processed, a second call for assistance was broadcast, for an individual experiencing a possible heart attack at the Dam West Marina on Carlyle Lake.
    At the same time, multiple fire departments were paged for a working structure fire.
    It was thought that every fire department in Clinton County, with the exception of the Hoffman Fire Protection District, were out working a scene somewhere in the county.
    A number of ambulances were also running calls in the county, "and at one point Washington County EMS was asked to stage at Carlyle High School,"  Travous read.
    During this time, dispatchers, supported by correctional officer Cassi Brickey-Brown, called for three medical helicopters, as all ambulances in the county were dispatched.
    When Clinton County 911 dispatch exhausted all of the county's EMS resources, they reached out to Washington and St. Clair counties for additional help "to serve our needs."
    During all this "they remained calm and extremely professional. Our dispatchers and correctional officers came together instinctively to handle an overwhelming situation."
    The deputies called them a credit to the agency and their profession.
    That trio included telecommunicators Elisha Hamilton, with a year and a half; and Ellie Mackie, who has three months on full time. Brickey-Brown, has two and a half years on the job.
    "Obviously, these aren't our most veteran people, but they did a fantastic job. And I want each of you all to see what we've tried so hard to hire," said Travous.
    Travous said he told the trio that, short of a natural disaster, they "probably won't see anything like that in their careers."
    The ability to bring in so many assets in a short amount of time — he said the span was about 21 minutes — "you can't really teach that because it never happens. But it did happen."