NC 911 Board

NC 911 Board

The North Carolina 911 Board is responsible for both wireline and wireless 911 communications in the state, as well as related policies and procedures, and it administers the state's 911 Fund.

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On May 2nd 2016 at aproximately 1:45PM a text message was received by Telecommunicator Brad Barnes at Martin County Communications from a telephone located in Oak City, NC. The text read: “I’m going to kill myself”. Telecommunicator Barnes responded with a request for the subject’s exact location and name. Replies were slow in coming and contained very little information. At 1:50PM the other  Telecommunicator on duty, Ms. Lashonda Cartwright, attempted and made contact by telephone with the party who was texting. She ascertained that the caller was a 15 year old male who was home alone with a knife to his throat threatening suicide. Telecommunicator Cartwright kept the young man on the phone for over 11 minutes,

speaking about everything from popular music, to shoes, to school in order to deflect his attention from the knife to his throat while law enforcement and EMS traveled to his rural residence.

It is clear that Lashonda saved the young man’s life by talking to him and going above and beyond to try to dissuade him from taking his life. At the very end of the call you can hear the deputy making entry into the residence and physically disarming the young man who, in fact, was armed and highly agitated. The young man was uninjured but was transported to Martin General Hospital for evaluation. responders were also unharmed.

Pictured left to right:   Jason Barbour, NC 911 Board Vice Chair, LaShonda Cartwright, Telecommuicator, Jason Stewart, Martin County 911 Director, and Richard Taylor, NC 911 Board Executive Director.

NC 911 Calls at a Glance

7.7 MillionCalls NC PSAPs Answered In 2015 74.3% were wireless
698,595NC 911 Calls During June 2016 76.5% were wireless
717,219NC 911 Calls During June 2015 76.1% were wireless




Phone Number

Richard Taylor, ENP

Executive Director

(919) 754-6624

David Dodd, ENP, RPL

Network Analyst / PSAP Liaison

(919) 754-6625

Marsha Tapler

Financial Analyst

(919) 754-6344

Karen Mason

Financial Review Specialist

(919) 754-6339

Tina Bone

Network Specialist

(919) 754-6111

Dave Corn

Network Specialist

(919) 754-6269

Mailing Address

NC 911 Board
Department of Information Technology
PO Box 17209
Raleigh, NC 27619-7209

Fax: (919) 431-6592

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