July 31st was Chelsea Feerick Day in Covington, Louisiana! As a dispatcher, Chelsea takes many calls while on duty, but one call in April 2015 was exceptional. After receiving a call about an overdose in Covington, Chelsea calmly instructed a young wife and mother through life support efforts, all with a crying baby in the background. The efforts worked, thanks to Chelsea’s professional assistance and dedication before help arrived.
For her heroic service, Covington Mayor Mike Cooper, Chief of Police Tim Lentz and Public Information Officer Trey Mahon made a visit to our Hub City Communications Center. Vice President of Operations Clay Henry and Communications Operations Manager Chad Doucet were also on hand for a special presentation.
Mayor Cooper presented Chelsea with a very special proclamation, one that dedicates July 31, 2015, as Chelsea Feerick Day in Covington. As he read aloud, “Whereas, in the face of hysteria, you, Chelsea, were the voice of calm. Your handling of this call should be an example to others. Your special moment arrived, and you were prepared and qualified. It was one of I am sure many, your finest hours!”
Officer Mahon presented Chelsea with a plaque recognizing her outstanding service on behalf of the Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police, and Chief Lentz awarded Chelsea with a special Covington Police Department Challenge Coin. This marks the first time someone outside of the police department has received one.
“We truly thank Chelsea for her service. Sometimes the difference between life and death happens even before first responders arrive, and Chelsea had the opportunity to make an impact in that time,” Chief Lentz said.