When the wildfires broke out in Sonoma County, Sandy McLennon and her friend Jennifer Jacobs were ready to help, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports.
“They reached out and contacted me,” Misty Harris, the Sheriff's Department community engagement liaison told the Press Democrat. “We use them for every event with the Sheriff. We’ve seen such amazing feedback from our viewers and the comments people have been posting on the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Facebook page on the job they’ve been doing,” Harris said.
McLennon says the presence of sign language interpreters is a growing trend. “I’m seeing it nationally. I’m seeing it as something that has become vital to natural disasters,” Harris said.
And McLennon is becoming something of a star. “I’m being streamed all over. I even had a friend tell me she saw me on Good Morning America,” she said.
“What hearing people need to know, deaf people need to know, too.”
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