One of the Heiser girls ended up on the phone with a Springfield dispatcher, while the other talked to a Clark County 911 dispatcher.
“Every time I talked to her about getting somebody else on the line with her she got more upset so I just kept the call because I didn’t want to take the chance of it getting dropped ... and her being alone with nobody to talk to,” said Clark County dispatcher Myla Repik.
Repik went into mom mode when she received the call from the 16-year-old girl, she said.
“She’s a child, and she was petrified; she didn’t know what to do and I wasn’t taking any chances with her,” Repik said. “I wouldn’t want someone to do that for my child, so I just hung on to her.”
Springfield 911 Communications Manager Paul Hicks said both dispatchers showed “superb” teamwork while talking to the Heiser girls during a traumatic experience.
“The county dispatcher provided very good assistance and getting them to a safe room, trying to provide them with suggestions on how to remain calm and stay away from the event that was going on while our dispatcher is talking to the other girls on the phone,” Hicks said. “They did very good at calming them, reassuring them that we were there for them and that we would get them help and we would make sure that they were taken care of.”
News Center 7’s John Bedell is working to talk to those dispatchers about how they kept the girls calm during the frantic moments after their mother and sister were murdered. Look for the story this afternoon starting at 5 on News Center 7.