TPD Mourns the Loss of 911 Dispatcher
Deanna Mendoza was named the Tampa Police Department's Employee of the Month for January 2012 and was promoted to a Communications Technician III shortly after.
Communications Technician III (Dispatch Trainer)
Hire Date: 10/19/2009
Promoted from Communications Technician II to Dispatch Trainer on 6/10/2012
Deanna was named the Tampa Police Department's Employee of the Month for January 2012. She was recognized for volunteering to assist supervisors with training new dispatchers working the midnight shift. She also received praise for her ability to calmly handle chaotic emergency situations and for continuously displaying an upbeat attitude.
Communications Director Tom Wolff will be available for media interviews today at 4:15 p.m. The media is asked to meet him outside of the Communications Center, located at 2920 East Henry Avenue. Video opportunities WILL NOT be available from inside of the dispatch center.
***Email to TPD employees and officers from Chief Jane Castor:***
It is with great sadness that I inform you that we have lost a family member. Deanna Mendoza was the victim of a domestic homicide earlier today. Her life was taken by her estranged husband, who in turn killed himself. The investigation is being handled by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, as this occurred in the county.
Deanna has been a part of the TPD family since 2009. She was hired as a Communications Technician I and worked her way up to Communications Technician III. She was a valued member of our team and a wonderful person. She leaves behind three children, other family members and countless friends.
We have attempted to personally notify everyone in the Communications Division, as she has worked all shifts and touched everyone's life. Grief counselors are at the Communications Division now, assisting with needs as they arise.
Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers. I will provide additional information as it becomes available.
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