Celebration of life event planned for 911 dispatcher Karen Greenstein

A celebration of life will be held for 911 dispatcher Karen Greenstein at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at Ashland High School, 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland.

Friends, family and emergency services workers from all agencies are invited to attend. Uniformed personnel are encouraged to wear their "Class A" uniforms.

Greenstein, of Ashland, was killed in a head-on collision on Interstate 5 in the early morning hours of Thursday, March 27. Greenstein had been driving home from a shift at the dispatch center in Medford. Police say Richard Webster Scott, 42, was driving the wrong way on the freeway, allegedly intoxicated, and slammed into her car. Greenstein was pronounced dead at the scene. Scott was transported to Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland with serious injuries.

Greenstein had been a 911 dispatcher for more than 20 years.

"During her career, Karen touched countless lives. She is remembered as personable, compassionate and professional," a release from Medford Fire-Rescue reads. "Her confident and steady voice, and ability to remain cool under pressure carried many of our citizens and first responders through stressful situations."

Margie Moulin, 911 director for Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon, said Greenstein brought calm to the most difficult of situations.

"Her service to this community has helped countless people through their darkest hour," a statement from Moulin reads.

Greenstein also volunteered at Friends of the Animal Shelter and the Ashland Independent Film Festival, and was described as an avid reader and fitness buff.

She is survived by husband Bill, daughter Amanda and sister Linda.

— Ryan Pfeil

Correction: Richard Scott's age has been corrected in this version.

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