EDGAR CO. (ECWd) -
Continuing our exposure of Emergency Telephone System (ETS) (911) problems state-wide, it is only appropriate to bring things right back to Edgar County's 911 system since that group was the very reason we started the Edgar County Watchdogs.
In fact, the first video exposure was with the assistance of Eastern Illinois University. They substantiated every claim and accusation that I made regarding the failings of our ETS Board and its director, Nannette Crippes.
The purpose of covering this particular situation now, is because now the same Director is screaming for accountability and showing concerns of liability, etc., yet she fails to realize the very things she is complaining about over a recent call is exactly why I started exposing her and her illegal activities over three years ago in which she did nothing but blame others.
As an EMT I responded to a call for an 11 day old baby not breathing. I put my life at risk driving at high speeds necessary to try to respond and save a life. What we found upon arrival was a blessing as the baby was fine and crying quite loudly, which means he was breathing.
What I later discovered, as is outlined in the video by EIU, is the dispatcher and the Director of 911, Nannette Crippes, failed miserably in doing their job. The dispatcher offered NO MEDICAL INSTRUCTION to try to save a baby who they were told was not breathing. No CPR instructions at all! NOTHING! What did they do? They hung up the phone after telling them the ambulance was on the way, when in reality it was not on the way yet since we had not even gotten to the Ambulance bay.
No Action - Denials
I complained about that dispatcher's action to the ETS Board and not a single thing was done about it. That failure lead to finding out that Nannette Crippes and the ETS Board knew the dispatchers were not certified to dispatch medical calls as their own minutes reflected that fact. None of the dispatchers were current in their certification and all but one had not met the qualifications to dispatch for over 6 years.
My concern was the liability to this county in the event a persons injuries or possible death could be tied to the dispatchers failings. A valid concern that was met with cover up and lies by most of the current ETS Board and Nannette Crippes.
Shift in Responsibility
Fortunately for this county, the newly elected Sheriff at that time, Ed Motley, ensured that training was complied with. It was during this time frame that the clear agendas began to show itself. An agenda of hatred towards the new Sheriff to include attempts to cast the blame on him.
You see during the rein of the criminal activities of Tim Crippes as Sheriff I was always told Nannette was the person we needed to talk to regarding dispatcher issues. Each and every time an issue would arise it was the same story, Nanette is in charge. Then after the election that Tim lost, who at that time was having an affair with Nannette, the new Sheriff is now to blame for the dispatcher's shortcomings during the call in question. This very issue is well known by former Sheriff Karl Farnham as he confirmed these very past problems during a recent Sheriff Committee meeting.
Upcoming Election Playing A Role?
Why bring all this up again now? Our next article will expose the hypocrisy of these same people who now are attacking a dispatcher for a recent call yet they did nothing but lie and cover up a similar problem several years ago. The attacks are focused on a dispatcher that has been willing to speak out against their years of questionable activities and she just happens to support the current Sheriff.
Based on the actions of Nannette Crippes and a select few on the ETS Board, they don't care about doing it right. They just care about their little kingdom being protected and doing anything they can to imply it's Sheriff Motley that is the problem when the truth of the matter is this select group known as the Breakfast Club is still fuming over the last Sheriff election results and have vowed to do what ever it takes to cast a negative cloud on the current Sheriff, to include telling half truths.
This particular news story from EIU exposed the truth of what I uncovered several years ago and the current ETS Director, Nannette Crippes blamed others for the failing which was clearly hers based on all the facts. To this day she has never been held accountable for any of the illegal acts she has been involved in to include drawing her salary as the 911 director while at the same time drawing an hourly wage to dispatch calls and get paid out of the Sheriff's budget, who was at that time her boyfriend.
How many other county employees can draw two paychecks while working the same hours and get away with it?
Nannette Crippes, you can't have it both ways!