It’s Nation 911 Telecommunicators Week

Honored this week in Chisago County are: Jill Behnke, Mary Nalewaja, Lori Field, Peg Morin, Marie Gullickson, Jessica Lee, Joshua Manske, Jim Penberthy, Kristin Bowers-Groeneweg, Cally Olson, Dionne CaPuzzi, Karin Polzin, Sgt. Tara Jacobson and Director Alicia Stovern. These men and women are saluted for their dedicated and thankless efforts. Photo supplied
Honored this week in Chisago County are: Jill Behnke, Mary Nalewaja, Lori Field, Peg Morin, Marie Gullickson, Jessica Lee, Joshua Manske, Jim Penberthy, Kristin Bowers-Groeneweg, Cally Olson, Dionne CaPuzzi, Karin Polzin, Sgt. Tara Jacobson and Director Alicia Stovern.
These men and women are saluted for their dedicated and thankless efforts.
Photo supplied

The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office is honoring the men and women who serve as public safety dispatchers during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, April 9 to 15.
National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week first started in 1991. It was introduced to Congress by the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials International. This week has been dedicated to public safety telecommunicators who aid in providing 911 and non-emergency assistance to citizens everywhere.
Citizens depend 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, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Each day, thousands of Americans dial 9-1-1 for help in emergencies ranging from house fires and automobile accidents to heart attacks and child poisonings. The men and women who answer these calls for help in Chisago County, gathering essential information and dispatching the appropriate assistance, can often make the difference between life and death for persons in need. In one way or another, all Americans are indebted to our nation’s skilled team of public safety telecommunications professionals. Either in our own lives or in the life of a loved one, each of us at some point, has needed the quick, competent professionalism of the 911 emergency service telecommunicators. The work of these “unseen first responders” is invaluable in emergency situations, and each of these dedicated men and women deserve our heartfelt appreciation.
Chisago County’s fourteen 9-1-1 dispatchers, are among the more than 500,000 telecommunications specialists across the nation, who work 24 hours a day to protect and promote the public’s safety. Each month these fourteen outstanding dispatchers field approximately 2,000 9-1-1 emergency calls and 5,500 non-emergency calls.

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