B platoon is recognized for working together as a team. They are great at pulling together and helping each other. The following are some highlights from 2015:
In January, they were recognized for handling a call from Roanoke City to help located their armed robbery suspect, as well as several breaking and entering calls.
In February, they handled high call volume for our Western Virginia Water Authority line during snow. During the storm, they maintained positive attitudes.
In March, they sent rescue to a scene which quickly became a police response when a bystander was assaulted and the suspect took off on foot. With B platoon’s quick response, the suspect was apprehended.
In April, they handled a brush fire and SWAT activation during manual dispatch.
In May, they handled several hot calls, including assistance for a state police vehicle pursuit and officer-involved shooting. They also had a 4-car accident with one vehicle overturned with entrapments. Roanoke City relayed information regarding a possible abduction; B platoon quickly aired the information and Vinton officers stopped the suspect vehicle.
In July, they handled a working structure fire.
In August, when a caller stated that her father in law had committed suicide, B platoon continued to display professionalism at its best. Also, the Bridgewater shooting occurred and the COs had to make sure all supervisors, the PIO and the schools were informed and updated.
In September, they received several calls on a disturbance resulting in multiple gunshot wound victims. This call included detectives, Floyd County and state police as well as Roanoke County police, fire, and rescue responses.
In October, they handled a malicious wounding, which evolved into a vehicle pursuit. At that time, a report of a fight between an off duty city officer and a suspect took place. They also handled a large number of calls for 10 brush fires lining up the interstate that span for 5 miles.
In November, they received a call about a suspicious person near one of our high schools, which required information updates relayed to school resource officers, state police, Salem dispatch, Roanoke City dispatch, and school administration.
In December, they overcame equipment failures, which occurred while Roanoke City dispatch was conducting a simulated evacuation in the ECC.