Kidnapping rescue hero honored by BPD award

Herald staff reportJuly 1, 2013 

— Telecommunicator Kristi Kelly has been named Civilian Employee of the second quarter by the Bradenton Police Department for her role in saving a kidnapping victim.

Kelly was nominated by Communications Center Supervisor Cindy Dudar.

At 12:30 p.m. June 8, the BPD answered a phone call from South Carolina. The caller said her cousin had been kidnapped, and was being held at an unknown location in Bradenton.  

Kelly called back and remained on the phone with the complainant for 18 minutes getting as much information as possible.

Kelly found the suspect’s name by using resources available, according to a BPD release, and sent officers to the suspect’s residence where the victim was rescued. 

“If it had not been for telecommunicator Kelly’s patience and experience in handling highly stressful calls, the victim would have likely endured further abuse and an uncertain fate,” according to Dudar’s nomination.

The incident concluded with a police officer shooting and killing the kidnapper.

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