Georgetown/Scott County 911 Center
Date of Death: February 12, 2017
Years of Service: 5
Duty Status: Active
Today we honor Brittany Rena Martin who served as a 911 Telecommunicator for almost 5 years. Brittany died by suicide at the age of 25 on February 12, 2017.
Brittany was a 2010 graduate of Scott County High School where she expressed her love of the game of basketball as a member of the Lady Cardinals. She graduated from the Public Safety Dispatch Academy at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training, Class #86 and began her career with the Harrodsburg (KY) 911 Dispatch Center. She moved back to Georgetown to be closer to family and found her new work home at the Georgetown/Scott County 911 Center. She was extremely dedicated to serving the citizens of Georgetown/Scott County as well as her fellow Dispatch, GPD, SCSO, Fire and EMS family. One of her Deputies shared that if he “heard her on the radio, he knew it was going to be a good day.” She was loved and respected by her first responder family.
Brittany was often described as generous, with a heart the size of Texas. She was constantly doing for others. Whether it was buying food for a stranger, organizing a fundraiser for a family in need, or helping a friend on the side of the road who’d run out of gas, she was ALWAYS helping. She was also a huge advocate for those who were bullied. As generous and kind-hearted as she was, Brittany was not one to roll over. She was FIERCE, on the basketball court and off…her nicknames were Killer and Ice on the court. She would stand up for the underdog every single time, even if meant she got in trouble. It makes sense that her ultimate goal was to be a police officer.
At her funeral, her colleague Nick spoke. He said “when the warrants were signed and the list came out, she referred to it as Christmas…because she loved tracking people down. She personally knew 3/4 of those on the list and could locate at least half of them within 10 minutes. By the end of the night, the Scott County Detention Center was a Who’s Who of Brittany Martin’s friends list. Some of you here today may have spent time in jail because of Brittany’s due diligence!”
Brittany was kind, witty, compassionate, loyal to a fault, loving, and wise beyond her years. One day in 3rd grade, Brittany arrived home from school adamant that her family go immediately to Walmart. One of her classmates didn’t have his own school supplies. Needless to say Brittany showed up to school the next day with brand new school supplies for her friend. To keep her persona alive, Brittany’s Backpacks was created. Each year, on her birthday, and throughout the year her family collects donations for school supplies and other personal necessities for children in need. This is a way to honor her giving spirit and her generous heart through continued kindness to others.
Brittany’s favorite saying was P.U.S.H. Pray Until Something Happens.
Part of the Dispatcher’s Prayer says “…. Help me to remember that I make a difference. However small it may seem, some days, and that I matter. I am a Dispatcher. Lord, grant me peace.”