Dispatcher hailed as hero for quick-thinking 911 texts

Dylan Prather began texting the woman after he heard her faintly saying "Put the gun down" in a 911 call


BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind. — A dispatcher is being hailed as a hero for how he responded to a 911 call.

In a 911 call with dispatcher Dylan Prather, a woman was faintly heard saying, "Put the gun away," WISHtv.com reported. Prather tried talking to the woman, but she did not respond. He sent deputies to where the call was coming from.

Prather began texting the woman using the center's "Text for 911" system. In one text, the woman wrote, "He is still saying he is going to kill me."

"There was a lot going on. I didn't know if he was going to hurt himself, he was going to hurt her," Prather said. "I had no idea what was going on. I just knew someone needed help and we needed to get there right away."

Joshua Michael Hehman was arrested for domestic battery while in the presence of a minor. Ed Reuter, director of the emergency operations center, said he believes the woman and child were found unharmed thanks to Prather's quick thinking.

"He gained critical information from the victim which potentially saved her life from serious bodily injury before Bartholomew County deputies could arrive," Reuter said.

Prather said he was just doing his job.

"It was nice to go home at the end of the night and know you made a difference," he said. "Dispatchers do this every day; they’re just not recognized for what they do."

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