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Four children, lost in woods, safely home with help of Adair 911

Dispatcher stays on the phone for an hour and half trying to get location on the children, ages 14, 13, 10 and 10, who were lost in woods near Breeding. Rescue took over 1.5 hours, with Adair County 911 Dispatcher Sharon Spinks, Adair SAR, Breeding Volunteer Fire Department coordinated efforts. Children reunited with their families in about two hours.
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By Greg Thomas, Director
Adair County Emergency Management

COLUMBIA, KY (Thu 9 Apr 2015) - Four Children, one fourteen, one thirteen, and two ten year old made it safely back to their family today after being lost in the woods of Adair County for about two hours.

Adair County 911 received a phone call at approximately 9:40amCT, Thursday morning from a fourteen year old girl that was lost in the woods with three of her friends. 911 immediately notified Adair County Search and Rescue, Breeding Volunteer Fire Department (the children were in that area of the county) and the Adair County Sheriff's office.


A dispatcher stayed on the phone almost constantly for an hour trying to get a location on the children. Adair County 911 is able to "rebid" a phone call and ping the location of a cell phone 95% of the time.

Luckily today was one of those times.

The children were located on the map and the dispatcher was able to start heading them toward a road. Breeding Volunteer Fire Department stationed on that road and sounded their sirens and the children could hear them. 911 did have to have the children hang up and call back so they could rebid the phone and each time it showed them getting close to the emergency service.

In the hour and a half the dispatchers were talking to the children they crossed running water, went through fields and around hills but were reunited with their family with out injuries. All this while Adair County 911 was still taking ambulance runs and call for the law. A thank you goes out the Adair County 911 Dispatcher Sharon Spinks, Adair County Search and Rescue, and the Breeding Volunteer Fire Department.


This story was posted on 2015-04-09 13:58:47
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