University Police Dispatcher Receives Mason’s Presidential Citation

Posted: March 26, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Dave Andrews

Emily Ross awarded
University President Alan Merten awarded Emily Ross with the Presidential Citation Award.

While many of us were relaxing in our homes on Christmas Eve with family members and loved ones, Emily Ross, a University Police dispatcher, was hard at work saving a life.

While at work that night, Ross was listening in on the Fairfax Police rescue line when she heard a developing story of a woman in danger. The address the police had been given was incorrect, but they soon learned that the woman was a student at George Mason. With the hope that the woman’s information would be available through someone on campus, the police contacted Ross for help.

Ross discovered that the woman’s contact information was not readily available online, but that she had relatives who are associated with Mason. After some quick cross-referencing and a few phone calls, Ross obtained the address of the woman and was able to assist in directing the Fairfax Police to the victim’s home just in time to save her life.

For her gallantry that night, Ross was recognized with the Presidential Citation Award at the awards program presented by Human Resources and Payroll on March 8.

The award recognizes individuals who perform an exceptional deed that may or may not be related to their normal duties. The recipient of the award must have rendered a service or performed a deed at either personal or potential sacrifice that was motivated by good citizenship or a sense of public responsibility.

“A lot of training on everyone’s part went into the rescue,” Ross explains. “Helping save someone’s life is the best reward to having this job.”

Ross, who earned a bachelor of science degree in biology and psychology from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas, is currently enrolled in the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy and is pursuing a career as an officer.

“I always thought about police work, so I applied and was offered a job with Mason,” says Ross, a native of central Pennsylvania. “I thought I’d just test the waters, and I loved it from the beginning. Most of all, I love the people I work with. They’ve been huge influential factors for me to get where I’m at today.”

Ross was nominated for the Presidential Citation by Mason Police Sergeant David Ganley.

“Emily always goes above and beyond what is expected,” Ganley says. “She’s definitely the go-to person for us. When we need information, she’s the one we all go to because she’s got such an extraordinary memory, and it seems like she is always a few steps ahead.”

Ross intends to graduate from the police academy this summer and hopes to someday specialize in investigations.

“She is such a great addition to our department,” Ganley says. “This award only begins to represent how valuable she is.”

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