Posted: Mon, March 31 2014 at 4:20 PM, Updated: Fri, April 4 2014 at 4:09 PM
Ashland, Ore. -- She dedicated her life to the community she loved as a 911 dispatcher. Now the community will come together to pay tribute to Karen Greenstein. "She has a lot of friends in the Ashland area, a lot of co-workers, just very well liked and will be missed," said Chaplain Fred Saada of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.
Saada is helping organize what will likely be a large tribute to Greenstein's life Saturday which will be held Ashland High School. Saada said he's been meeting with the 58-year-old Ashland woman's family. He said "it's hard but they are holding together and they are trying to encourage one another."
Greenstein was driving home from her dispatch job early Thursday morning, when troopers said Richard Webster Scott hit and killed her. Police said Scott was driving the wrong way on I-5 and believe he'd been drinking.
With two decades in emergency services, it's expected many in Greenstein's field will show up in uniform and fill the high school gym with love and support. Saada said "we want to celebrate her life and encourage everybody that's there with going on with their life. And remembering her and being an example just like she was."
The suspect Richard Webster Scott is at OHSU in Portland in serious condition. Prosecutors said they are waiting for the toxicology report before charges will be filed.
Greenstine's celebration of life is open to the public and will be at the gym at Ashland High School at 11 am Saturday.