Heroes 2020 ~ Nikima Thompson, RIP

Nikima Thompson, a mother of four died May 4 after being diagnosed with the virus on April 2. She was 41.

A dispatcher for the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Nikima Thompson, died of Coronavirus.  Nikima was a dedicated 16-year veteran of BSO and the first communications operator to die in the line of duty in Florida.

Thompson was born in Miami and graduated from Miami Norland Senior High School in 1996. She joined the sheriff’s office in 2003.

“She was very vibrant, entertaining, fun,” said Joanne Alvarez, the Business Representative for the Federation of Public Employees, BSO Civilian Unit.

Dispatchers have always played an essential role in emergency medical services (EMS). At its most basic, the role of the dispatcher has been to identify the problem and the location of the patient, and then identify an ambulance that can be sent to the location.