Tuft earns Dispatcher of the Year award

Jennifer Swenson, Grand County Dispatch supervisor, left, presents Jenny Tuft with the Utah Sheriff’s Association’s Dispatcher of the Year award during a ceremony held Sept. 17 in St. George. Courtesy photo

Grand County Sheriff’s Dispatch employee Jenny Tuft was named Dispatcher of the Year when the Utah Sheriff’s Association held its annual conference Tuesday, Sept. 17, in St. George.

The award relates to a medical emergency that occurred in December.

The citation reads: “On the evening of Dec. 13, 2018, Jenny Tuft received a 911 call from a distressed female advising that her 74-year-old husband had just fallen face down and was breathing strangely. Jenny immediately advised the caller to roll her husband onto his back and open his airway. Jenny proceeded to get resources en route and began instructing the caller to perform CPR. Jenny stayed on the line with the caller for more than 10 minutes, offering encouragement and support until units arrived on the scene. Jenny’s quick thinking and expertise definitely played a significant role in the survival of this patient. She is a valuable asset to this agency and profession.”

Sheriff Steve White said in an email, “We could not be more proud of our entire dispatch team as it is an honor to work with individuals like Tuft who routinely go above and beyond to ensure they are performing to the absolute best of their capabilities to provide these life-saving duties for those within Grand County.”

Said Tuft, “It was very humbling and very unexpected. Coming from the sheriff and supervisors, it was very nice to be recognized.”

It wasn’t by accident that Tuft provided proper medical advice. She has been a dispatcher for four years. Prior to that, however, she worked with Grand County EMS for more than 15 years.

And that man who fell down? He survived. “From what I understand he made a full recovery,” she said.