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Telecommunicator of the Year Winner:
LaKesha Hammonds

Harris County Sheriff’s Office

The Commission on State Emergency Communications recognized Lakesha Hammonds for exceptional handling of a 9-1-1 call while working as a Telecommunicator for Memorial Villages Police Department. On October 1, 2010 at about 1730 hr, Ms. Lakesha Hammonds received a 9-1-1 call from a frantic mother, stating her 13 year-old daughter had run away. Officers responded and spoke to the mother, who said that her daughter left for school that morning, but was not there when she came to pick her up. While the officer spoke to the mother, a friend of the daughter called and said that the girl had told him she was on her way to Arizona. This friend later called the police department and said that he found a post on Facebook stating she was with a friend

named Patrick. It was believed she was going to her old boarding school in Arizona. Telecommunicator Hammonds entered the juvenile girl in NIC and notified her Supervisor, Sergeant MJ Sprinkle. Ms. Hammonds learned that the runaway had a cell phone with her and immediately contacted Verizon to have them locate the signal. Verizon advised Ms. Hammonds the phone had “pinged” off a tower in Hondo, Texas. The mother called and told Ms. Hammonds that a friend told her that she had received a text from the girl stating that she was going into Mexico. Sergeant Sprinkle used a map to draw a line from Houston to Hondo (where the phone previously pinged), then to Mexico and calculated the runaway was probably crossing the border in Del Rio, Texas. Del Rio PD, US Customs, and US Border Protection were contacted immediately. Approximately five minutes later, the runaway was discovered by US Border Protection with her adult companion. Border Protection stopped the vehicle, and the juvenile girl and her adult companion were taken into custody by Del Rio PD. The mother was called and she retrieved her daughter from Del Rio PD. The adult was charged with Harboring a Runaway. If not for the quick response and insight of Telecommunicator LaKesha Hammonds, the 13-yr. old runaway may have entered into Mexico. Given the current volatile environment of that area of the country, and not knowing the intentions of the adult companion, Ms. Hammonds saved this girl’s life, or at least saved her from serious harm.


2010 Telecommunicator of the Year Winners:
Daneille Grunden
LaKesha Hammonds
Keturah Nelms
Devon Jones and Lola Purvis

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