(INDIANAPOLIS) - LaGrange County dispatchers Heather Lock and Kelly Landers were honored for their team work this week by the Indiana chapter of the National Emergency Number Association and Association for Public Safety Communication. The two dispatchers were recognized by the organizations for their actions on February 2nd when they helped a woman deal with an escaped prisoner from Michigan.
Michael Elliot was serving time after being convicted almost two decades ago of a quadruple homicide in Michigan. After escaping from the Ionia Correctional Facility, he was accused of forcing his way into a vehicle, kidnapping a woman at knifepoint and telling her to drive to Indiana.
The LaGrange County Dispatch Communications Center received a call from the woman at about 11:30pm stating she was being held hostage and they were at a gas station just off of the Toll Road. Lock was honored for staying calm while she talked to the woman in a gas station restroom. Landers was recognized for calling other police agencies and giving them information about what was going on.
Officials say their actions likely saved the womans life and played a substantial role in the capture of Elliot almost 24 hours later.