MAYOR CANTRELL NAMES INAUGURAL RECIPIENTS OF HERO AWARD
“You have been consistent in being with the city of New Orleans and her people every step in the way. Not questioning, but always ready to run towards providing our people that you’ve touched with love, compassion and real empathy,” Mayor Cantrell told the recipients. “And empathy to me is that spirit of the ability to meet people where they are, wherever they might be.
“This is the first step in the direction of our administration of acknowledging our people on the ground, in the trenches, for your civic leadership – whether you’re employed by the city of New Orleans or simply a resident like all of us. We matter.”
Here are this month’s honorees:
Ms. French has been an emergency tele-communicator serving the City of New Orleans since 2015, first with New Orleans Emergency Medical Services (NOEMS) and then with the Orleans Parish Communication District (OPCD) in May 2016, when the agencies consolidated. Ms. French is an experienced call taker and EMS dispatcher and works tirelessly to execute the mission of OPCD, which is the get the right people to the right place at the right time. She is known for her positive attitude and her unwavering commitment to constant learning and continuing education.
Dr. Ryan Bird
Mr. Roussell is a resident who helped to pull an NOPD officer from a flipped patrol car and extinguished the ensuing fire on Feb. 17. Dr. Bird is an ER doctor who used his medical training to keep the officer’s body aligned until NOEMS arrived.
Laura Mellem, New Orleans Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (NOHSEP)
Greg Reece, NOHSEP
JB Raasch, ITI
Eric Ogburn, ITI
Sgt. Andrew Palumbo
Sgt. Richard Blackman
SPO William Johnson
F/F Mark Salvadore
New this year, the City launched routewise.nola.gov, a mobile-optimized website tracking the beginning and end of each parade in real time. The site also displayed locations of First Aid stations, lost-children stations, public restrooms and permitted food vendors. After its launch, Routewise received more than 40,000 page views. Routewise was developed by the City’s Department of Information Technology and Innovation in conjunction with a tracking partnership between NOHSEP and the New Orleans Police Department that had been developed primarily for internal use. In its continuing evolution, Routewise will be used to track special events throughout the year, including marathons and seasonal parades. It was used this past weekend for a road race and is being designed for St. Patrick’s Day parades now.
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