Coon Valley fire survivors thank dispatcher who helped them

An area couple is thanking the woman who alerted emergency responders when a fire broke out in their home.

Larry Silha was at his Coon Valley home last month when a fire started.

The home’s smoke detectors alerted ADT, the couple’s security company, who then called the local fire department.

Tuesday, the couple had the chance to thank the ADT dispatcher from Florida who helped alert first responders.

The Silhas say the extra help was there when they needed it.

“I didn’t make no phone call or anything, I knew that the alarm system would call Coon Valley, I didn’t try and call or nothing,” said Larry Silha, whose house burnt down in February.

“It was kind of a comforting feeling when you’re home, or away,” added Diane Silha.

Larry Silha did burn his hand in the fire.

And even though their home was a loss, the couple says they are happy no one was seriously injured.

For the woman who alerted fire crews, today was a chance to see first-hand how much she is able to impact lives.

“It’s just hard to think about, something not being ok and it just, it was just, it was just amazing meeting and everything. I’m just glad everybody was alright,” said Angelica Parker, dispatcher with ADT.

ADT also made a $5,000 donation to Coon Valley Fire Rescue.

The department plans to update equipment with the money.

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