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ATCOG Celebrates National Public Safety Telecommunications Week

Mary Beth Rudel, ATCOG Safety Manager presents Delta County Dispatcher Sue Ann Johnson with their plaque of appreciation for Safety Week.
Cindy Roller
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Cooper Review

In celebration of National Telecommunicators Week, the Ark-Tex Council of Governments 9-1-1 Program honored the dedicated dispatchers of Delta County by presenting Delta County Sheriff’s Office with gifts and a plaque of appreciation. Accepting the award was Delta County Sheriff’s Dispatcher Sue Ann Johnson.

In times of severe personal crisis and community-wide calamity, the first point of contact for those seeking any type of emergency services information is a 9-1-1 dispatcher.  The public safety answering locations that receive these calls have emerged as the first access point for persons seeking immediate relief during an emergency.

This week honors the thousands of men and women who answer 9-1-1 emergency calls, dispatch Police, Fire, EMS and equipment, and provide life-saving assistance to citizens. It is designated as a time to recognize and thank the men and women of public safety communications and to publicly celebrate and honor the otherwise unsung hero on the other end of the line. It’s a great opportunity to reflect on the important role of the 9-1-1 dispatcher as the first, first responder.

NOTE: This press release was provided by Rea Washington, Ark-Tex Council of Governments 9-1-1 Operations Coordinator.

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