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In One Ear: A huge difference

Local police officer and dispatcher help California family
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on August 17, 2018 12:01AM

“Some of you folks are fortunate to live within the jurisdiction of the Warrenton Police Department,” Jennifer Weber of Yucca Valley, California, wrote. “I got to experience their kindness even from 1,200 miles away.”

“On a recent evening my husband, Kevin, suffered a massive heart attack in our Southern California home,” she explained. “Alone in a hospital waiting room, I knew my mother, Leslie Moody, was camping in Fort Stevens State Park with no cell service, and I was desperate to reach her.”

Leslie, a retired nurse, is the family’s No. 1 go-to person whenever there is a medical emergency.

“The campground offices were all closed, and I don’t know anyone local who could have helped,” Jennifer explained. “Distraught, I called the nonemergency number for the WPD, and was connected to a professional and kind dispatcher, Jodie Frost, who offered to have an officer try to make contact with my mother …

“It was such a blessing that only minutes later, I received a call from Officer Robert Wirt. He was supremely helpful, compassionate and generous. He had already located my mother … (and) he even allowed her to talk to me on his personal cellphone.”

Pictured, clockwise from top left, Leslie, Jennifer and Kevin (who is now home, recovering), and two of the Webers’ children, Kyler and Kaitlyn. Inset, Officer Wirt.

“Officer Wirt made contact with my family in such a gentle, thoughtful and kind way — we will never forget him,” she added. “I thought the good people of Warrenton should know what an asset they have in both Jodie Frost and Officer Wirt … (They) make the city of Warrenton and its police department shine.”


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