The Chisago County Sheriffs Office is honoring the men and women who serve as public safety dispatchers during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, April 13-19.
Launched in 1991, Telecommunicators Week was introduced to Congress by the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials International. The week has been dedicated to public safety telecommunicators who aid in providing 911 and non-emergency assistance to citizens everywhere.
The public depends on the skill, expertise and commitment of the men and women who work in public safety telecommunications. These knowledgeable and highly trained individuals help save countless lives by answering emergency and non-emergency calls, dispatching law enforcement, medical and fire professionals and equipment and providing support to citizens in distress — 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.
Each day, thousands of Americans dial 911 for help in emergencies ranging from house fires and automobile accidents to heart attacks and child poisonings. By gathering information and dispatching the appropriate assistance, the men and women who answer these calls in Chisago County can often make the difference between life and death for people in need.
Chisago County’s 911 dispatchers are among the more than 500,000 telecommunications specialists across the nation. Each month these fourteen dispatchers field approximately 2,000 emergency calls and 5,000 non-emergency calls.
This week, the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office salutes the following professionals for their dedicated efforts: Jill Behnke, John Tangen, Mary Nalewaja, Randolph Elliott, Lori Field, Peg Morin, Marie Gullickson, Amy Brandenburg, Joshua Manske, Jim Penberthy, Kristin Bowers-Groeneweg, Tara Jacobson, Jenny Buskey and Melissa Strege.