Owings Mills, MD - San Francisco Police Honor Baltimore Dispatcher For Cross Country Rescue
Owings Mills, MD - A Baltimore Shomrim member received special recognition from the San Francisco Police Department for his efforts last month in the rescue of a California woman who became locked in a storage facility with her children after hours.
As previously reported on VIN News, the woman mistakenly dialed the number of Baltimore Shomrim and dispatcher Yitzy Shleifer, who took the call from the distraught woman who spoke little English, managed to determine her approximate location and helped coordinate the rescue effort with the San Francisco police from thousands of miles away.
For his efforts, Schleifer received an official SFPD pin, police patch and badge pin and a certificate of appreciation, signed by SFPD police chief, Gregory P. Suhr. The certificate bears the words “In deepest gratitude for your outstanding performance of duty in helping an individual in San Francisco who was trapped in a lock storage facility with her children. Such an example of dedication is worthy of the highest esteem by the City of Sand Francisco and the San Francisco Police Department.”
The 23 year old Pikesville resident has not been in touch with the woman he helped rescue.
“The police have had communication with her and she was very thankful but we did not actually communicate with her,” Schleifer told VIN News. “People asked if we were going to call her, but there was no need. She needed help and we helped her. That is what we are here for.”
Schleifer admitted that he was surprised to hear of the recognition by the SFPD which was mailed to the Shomrim office in Owings Mills.
“My first thought was it was a wonderful thing that even from all the way across the country, the SFPD showed that they value citizens patrol groups and their involvement as far as public safety is concerned,” said Schleifer. “To go above and beyond, to send out what they did was totally unnecessary.”
Schleifer noted that he did what any member of Shomrim would have done had they taken that same call.
“It is amazing how every guy on Shomrim goes to bat for pretty much anything that is needed and people call Shomrim members on their cell phones any time of day or night for any kind of help at all,” said Schleifer “Everyone here helps everyone with everything.”
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