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Tulsa 911 dispatcher dies due to COVID-19 complications

Posted at 9:07 AM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 16:27:00-05

TULSA, Okla. — The Tulsa Police Department and Tulsa Fire Department are mourning the loss of a dispatcher due to COVID-19 complications.

Tulsa police Chief Franklin tweeted Wednesday morning that Joey Phillips, a dispatcher, died from complications of COVID-19.

Phillips worked as a dispatcher at the 911 center for 23 years.

TFD Captain Lorenzer Holmes Jr also announced Phillips' death on the department's Facebook page, writing the department lost one of their "great dispatchers. The voice that kept you safe and informed. The last voice that told you to "wear your seat belts" when you went out on a call. Rest well Joey Phillips. We'll take it from here."

Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum expressed his condolences to Phillips' family in a post on Facebook, saying " His family is in the thoughts and hearts of everyone on our team at the City of Tulsa."

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