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Plastic ducks help send 911 workers to training

9-1-1 in the News, Training | | June 20, 2011 at 9:54 am

CAPE CORAL, FL — About 800 plastic ducks raced a quarter of a mile down the Lazy River at Sun Splash on Saturday to raise money for 911 personnel training.

The Communications Training Team of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office hosted its second annual 911 River Rally at the Cape Coral water park.

The event raised about $1,250 toward the cost of sending seven 911 operators to the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials’ international conference. At about $1,200 per person, it will cost the LSCO about $8,400 to send emergency personnel to the conference, scheduled for Aug. 7-10 in Philadelphia, said Chris Hodges, communications training coordinator.

Last year’s rally raised about $1,500 to help send 11 employees to the conference, which educates professionals on the latest technology and techniques for handling crisis calls.

During APCO’s state conference last year, 911 operator Cindy Reeves said she learned some people who commit suicide in their vehicles place skull stickers on the windows to warn anyone who might approach about hazardous chemicals inside.

“I never would’ve known what that meant (if I hadn’t attended the conference),” Reeves said.

Rally participants paid $2 per duck or $5 to race three ducks. Cape Coral resident Karen Dunning bought a few ducks to support the LCSO.

“Because there’s such a lack of funding, I thought it was for a good cause,” she said.

Kelley Olson, who purchased the winning duck, won $200. Second place brought in $125, third place won $75 and the person whose duck came in last won $50.

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