Media thanked for help in fixing E-911 disgrace

Media thanked for help in fixing E-911 disgrace

To all Rhode Islanders: It is my pleasure to be able to help my community. E-911 is critical to the safety and welfare of everyone.

I wish to acknowledge the hard work of so many who helped guide state leadership toward making more appropriate decisions in the interest of the public good.

I am grateful for having the opportunity to learn of the 911 fee diversion issue through Katie Davis of WJAR-TV who originally clued me into the difficulties afflicting our E 911 call system and for (former Republican representative) Bob Lancia of Cranston, setting up the FCC commissioner to speak in the state at the Summit for Safety. Bob has never quit on anything, fighting for R.I. even past his unfortunate loss and unplanned retirement from the R.I. House. I am grateful for Mr. Paul Roselli of Burrillville for stepping up very strong when he came to understand the legal nature of the issue. He was my sidekick working resolutions through municipalities, along with Dr. Michael Fine of Scituate. Paul was a peaceful, learned authority in our meeting with Speaker Mattiello. I appreciate having the opportunity to join forces with Paul in support of improving E911. Roselli is man who works quietly and effectively in support for good in the State of R.I.

I am appreciative of having met Dr. Fine, Exec Director of the Blackstone Valley Community Health Center, and subsequently connecting with David O’Connor of the Wiley Center and Katherine Martinez of Providence College, all who helped me converse with numerous members of the community through multiple citizen meetings. Journalist Lynn Arditi attending these meetings led to the discovery of the CPR training issue and removal of the director of 911. Dr. Fine also agreed to appear on Dan Yorke’s State of Mind with me, which was very helpful in sharing the issue across the airwaves of WPRI television.  

I am sincerely grateful to Tara Granahan of WPRO radio, who persistently helped advance us ultimately to a meeting with Speaker Mattiello, for graciously allowed me to share my info on E911 with R.I. I wish to thank Jim Hummel and the editors of the Providence Journal for placing 911 as a feature story before readers and the Hummel Report. The interview with the governor and Col. Manni of the R.I. State Police were extremely important pieces needed to help leadership in the Executive Branch learn why R.I. needed to correct its behavior legally. I wish thank former Attorney General Arlene Violet for her very gracious support and to Tom Ward of The Valley Breeze. “Kudos” to you, sir, for all your years of dedication in media helping your fellow citizens.

I am very grateful to all who stepped up in support of correcting the course of E911, putting R.I. on the right path. The journey continues with some “technical issues” but R.I. is now moving in the right direction. We’re not done yet and I am very grateful to have all of R.I. in my corner.

Robin Giacomini
North Providence