Duty Officer Mary Crimmins
On Oct. 29, 2011, Duty Officer Mary Crimmins answered a call from a distraught woman who stated that her boyfriend was trying to commit suicide. The caller reported that her boyfriend had taken drugs and wanted to kill himself. The caller advised that her boyfriend was armed with a firearm. Crimmins received the boyfriend’s location from a cell phone application the caller was using. Crimmins alerted zone troopers and other law enforcement agencies in the area.
After notifying AT&T and requesting they ping the cell phone for tracking purposes, the Lake Worth Regional Communication Center dispatch was able to locate the boyfriend. Law enforcement officers found him and directed him to pull into a parking lot and stop. After confirming that he was armed, troopers were able to convince the man to unload the weapon and leave it inside the vehicle. The subject was successfully taken into custody without further incident. Crimmins remained calm, under stressful circumstances and maintained a professional demeanor throughout the incident.
Crimmins’ work ethic, professional knowledge, patience and common sense make her a real asset to the Florida Highway Patrol. Congratulations to Duty Officer Crimmins for being selected as the FHP Duty Officer of the Quarter for October through December 2011.