PANACA, Nev. (AP) - The 911 call from a suicide bombing that rocked a rural Nevada town is being used by the town’s sheriff to train authorities at conferences across the state.
The July 2016 bombing still haunts the then-rookie dispatcher and sheriff who responded in Panaca, Nevada, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported (https://bit.ly/2te9Khq ) earlier this week.
Alex Grantham had only been on the job for about four months when she took the call from a breathless woman who was running with her kids away from their house where somebody was outside with a bomb. Grantham gathered details while two explosions, screaming children and phones ringing off the hook could be heard in the background.
“It is one of the biggest things when they train you,” she said. “You kind of have to shut the emotion off, in a sense. You want to let them know you care, but at the same time, I have to keep it cool. If they are hysterical, and you are hysterical, it does not work very well.”
Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee presented the call last year at an emergency management conference in Las Vegas and in early June at the annual Rural Preparedness Summit in Fallon.
“I still get chills listening to it because it just reminds me of everything that happened,” Lee said. “Over the years I have had a handful of 911 calls that were intense. But this one had to be at the top.”
The only person killed in the attack was the suicide bomber himself.
Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, https://www.lvrj.com
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