NEO Public Information Officer quarterly training with WKYC 

Great to see the leadership at WKYC (NBC affiliate) for hosting our quarterly NorthEast Ohio’s (NEO) Public Information Officer (PIO) training!

Photo credit: K. Hyson, Cincinnati Health Department

Lots of discussion based around media relations focusing on timely and accurate reporting. Additionally, lots of conversation with good stories vs bad stories – which challenges the typical paradigm of news media’s “If it bleeds, it leads!” mantra.


“Off the record” conversation as well as immediate notification of incident dominated the early part of our conversation.

We moved into how strategy sometimes gets in the way of real emergencies and of course how our PIO narratives sometimes conflicts with how the story is produced.


To me, I was also surprised at how many reporters wanted txt msgs as compared to phone calls. In fact, desk assignment editors wanted a mention as well as a follow-up txt or notification of ongoing emerging issue.


I am very greatful to be able to have candid conversation with our partners in the media. And yes, sharing success stories as well as challenges will allow us to do a better job with our local media to communicate our safety messages. Very glad to hear that getting the story right is still the main drive of our local news agencies.

Many thanks to the pros at WKYC (NBC affiliate) Cleveland for the hospitality and generosity.


Reporting live from WKYC…

@rusnivek

Supporting infrastructure today #NEORSD

Slight change of PIO plans today as I was initially assigned to ESF-13 (Law Enforcement) – I have been reallocated to support infrastructure.

So today, I spent some time with the NorthEast Ohio Regional Sewer District, their PIO/Outreach team, and WallyWaterDrop.

WallyWaterDrop and Jessica from NEORSD sharing important safety tips and stickers with everyone..

Great outreach event with Parent Magazine and with so many from our local area.

Also had a chance to pop a quick Periscope live video too.

Nice work Jen Elting!

Here’s a behind the scenes action shot (aka “making the magic happen”).

PIOs in action! (L to R: K. Sur, WallyWaterDrop, and J. Elting) PC: Chief J. Brewington

Great day to support our partners in public safety esp our PIO pros at NEORSD are an invaluable resource.

Fortunately, there was a Starbucks close by…so you know. #hydration

PIO + Coffee = Happy! PC: Chief J. Brewington

Reporting live with some Starbucks…

@rusnivek

Viewing and funeral information for slain Cleveland Fire Lieutenant William Walker

Viewing and funeral information for slain Cleveland Fire Lieutenant William Walker

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The viewings will be on Saturday, November 9th “B” from 1-5pm and Sunday, November 10th “C” from 10am-5pm at the EF Boyd and Son Funeral Home, 15357 Euclid Ave., East Cleveland 44112.

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There will be a service on Monday, November 11th “A” at 2pm at the Cleveland Public Auditorium, 500 Lakeside Ave., Cleveland 44114. There will be a family hour starting at 1pm at the Public Auditorium.

MEMBERS WISHING TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FINAL SALUTE SHOULD BE IN FULL CLASS “A” (including caps) AND REPORT TO THE PUBLIC AUDITORIUM AT NOON ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH.

Reminder: The Association of Cleveland Fire Fighters has established the William Walker Family Assistance Fund to provide financial assistance to the surviving spouse and dependent children of the late William Walker. Contributions can be made directly at any branch of the Firefighters Community Credit Union.

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Have any information in connection with the death of Cleveland Fire Lt. William Walker? Please contact Cleveland Police Homicide Unit at 216-623-5464.

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@rusnivek

Candlelight vigil to be held Thursday for Cleveland Fire Lieutenant William Walker

Join Cleveland Fire, Cleveland Police, Cleveland EMS, and members from Fire/EMS/Rescue services from across Northeast Ohio in a candlelight vigil for slain Cleveland Fire Lieutenant William Walker on Thursday November 7, 2013 at 6:00pm.

 

Thursday November 7, 2013 starting at 6:00pm

1865 Lampson Avenue

Cleveland, Ohio 44112

 

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Have any information in connection with the death of Cleveland Fire Lt. William Walker? Please contact Cleveland Police Homicide Unit at 216-623-5464.

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@rusnivek

Cleveland Fire death announcement

I am deeply saddened by the horrific shooting and death of Cleveland Fire Lt. William Walker in Cleveland, Ohio. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone impacted by this senseless tragedy, especially his family and loved ones.

Will was a seasoned EMS instructor and was well liked by all of us in the Fire/EMS community…But most importantly, Will was a friend.

As local law enforcement agencies continue to respond to and investigate this tragic event, all emergency services in here in NE Ohio will provide any support necessary in the ongoing investigation.

For more details, Cleveland Police and Cleveland Fire will hold a presser in 30 minutes (11/04/13 at 1200 EST).

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@rusnivek

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