Week honors public safety dispatchers

From Press Reports

The week of April 14-20 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators
Week. This is an opportunity to honor the women and men who serve as
our public safety dispatchers.

They are the voice at the other end of the 911 call, assisting a
distraught caller, and at the other end of the radio when police,
firefighters and medical personnel are responding to emergency
situations.

Often these “invisible” courageous professionals are the forgotten
component of public safety.

In 1991, Congress designated the second full week of April as a time
to remember the critical role that dispatchers play in keeping us all
safe.

If you have ever been the victim of a crime, been in a collision,
reported a fire or needed emergency medical help, you’ve called 9-1-1
and been helped by a telecommunicator, also known as a “dispatcher.”

Not being visible or always recognized in the public eye, the
critical role they play between the community and first responders is
essential for every public safety call for service. Our dispatchers
are the direct link to our officers and responders in the field. They
monitor the radios, computers, phones and more; answering thousands
of calls from our community each year.

Webster County 911 Center Director Jimmy McLemore stated that the
highly trained staff of dispatchers we have are here to serve the
people of Webster County. He stated the professional staff and he are
there to help in any way they can.

If you see any of these public safety dispatchers, please tell them
“Thank You” for being there for you. They have made their careers
into a profession of Help to Others.