Dispatchers working during deadly Chicago police shootings of Ella French, Paul Bauer honored

Chicago violence: 'It's a sad situation, but it's also a great learning experience,' one dispatcher said

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Dispatchers working during deadly Chicago shootings of cops honored
The four dispatchers honored were on the calls involving the deaths of Officers Ella French and Paul Bauer.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A group of Chicago dispatchers was honored Tuesday morning for their work during two deadly police shootings.

Four dispatchers were honored in the West Loop at a Chicago Police Memorial Foundation award ceremony for their efforts in the face of the CPD shootings.

The first two honored were dispatchers Suzanne Cassaro and Kathy Kordeleski.

They were on the calls during a foot chase in February of 2018 when Cmdr. Paul Bauer was shot and killed by a suspect.

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The two dispatchers helped to coordinate the emergency response in the aftermath of his shooting.

And another two dispatchers, Keith Thornton and Patricia Bounds, were honored for their work helping crews when Officer Ella French was shot and killed and Officer Carlos Yanez was also seriously hurt during a traffic stop back in August.

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"It's something that we do every day and something we'll continue to do until we leave from here. Otherwise, it's a sad situation, but it's also a great learning experience," Bounds said.

Cassaro said it was an honor to be recognized.

"We often are behind the scenes, but we're there every minute, every foot pursuit, every emergency, and our job is to make sure that our officers go home safe," Cassaro said.