Dispatcher talks about 2006 fatal accident involving trooper

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

PIKEVILLE, Ky (WYMT) - In 2006, a fatal accident sent shock waves through Kentucky State Police.

One of their own, Trooper Jonathan Leonard, was killed in a car accident on U.S. 119 in Pike County while on duty.

Recently, a dispatcher on the job that evening was interviewed for a KSP TV episode about dispatchers.

"Just a little while later we heard a trooper come across that radio screaming ''750 has been in a wreck get me a helicopter,' and it was like for a moment time stood still. It's like our hearts just stopped right there and we were like did he really just say that," said Misty Conley.

"Boom, boom, boom! We all just kicked into high gear to get him the help that he needed," she said. "Not knowing really what the situation was."

One Lieutenant at the Pikeville Post calls dispatchers the unseen heroes of Kentucky State Police.

"Before you can even tell them you're in trouble, or once you do say you are in trouble they already have troopers in route to you. They've already got EMS on standby," said Lieutenant Anthony Taulbee.

"Looking back on it there are times that it just runs through my head what could we have done different, or could we have done anything different, or did we do enough?" Misty said. "And you know, we did everything we could. We did what we were trained to do."

Conley says they didn't really have time to process what had happened that evening until after their shift was over.

They continued working, answering more than 300 calls in the next two hours.

A link to the entire KSP TV Episode cane be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzGOaQDdXfw.


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