A Trusted Champion for Victim’s Rights…
As a champion to create change, David K. Kremin brings together community leaders and lawmakers as well as the news media. He was instrumental in fostering legislation requiring 911 dispatchers to be trained, certified and licensed by the State of Illinois to obtain the job. The law requires 911 dispatchers to follow protocol, ask appropriate questions, give pre-arrival instructions and to make sure an ambulance gets to the location.
“You would assume that when a dispatcher becomes a dispatcher, they have been trained and certified, but that wasn’t the case,” explains Sharon Jarnagin of Chicago, Illinois. Jarnagin’s nine-year-old son Carl died from an asthma attack when paramedics refused to enter her complex.
“David didn’t stop after recovering a large sum of money for us. He fought to get a law enacted so this tragedy wouldn’t happen to anyone else. Knowing dispatchers must now be trained and certified before they’re hired makes a difference. I believe my son did not die in vain,” Jarnigan explains.
“What a fine job you have done to advance the state of Emergency Medical Dispatch for the great state of Illinois. If it hadn’t been for you, David, there would still be bodies piling up in the streets. The implications of the life-saving contribution you have made for Illinois are tremendous. We could not have done it without you and your diligence.”
– Jeff J. Clawson, MD
National Academy of Emergency Dispatch