National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week Honors 911 Dispatchers


Every year during the second week of April, the telecommunications personnel in the public safety community are honored. This week-long event, initially set up in 1981 by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office in California, is a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public. It is a week that should be set aside so everyone can be made aware of their hard work and dedication.

The Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office 9-1-1 Center employs 11 full time dispatchers, led by communications supervisor Lt. Dustin Best and Dispatch Supervisor Jeff Hannon. This team of dispatchers are trained to handle all types of situations. At least two dispatchers are on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to assist the public and first responders. These dispatchers work on holidays, weekends and can miss out on family events and special occasions. Public safety telecommunicators are more than just a calm and reassuring voice at the other end of the phone. They are knowledgeable and highly trained individuals who work closely with other police agencies, fire departments and medical personnel as well as others in the Guernsey County community. We would like to thank all dispatchers across the United States for their hard work and dedication to their communities.

(Photo Front Row Left To Right – Dispatcher Steve Schubert, Dispatcher Jamie Hopps, Dispatcher Monica Kurtz, Sheriff Jeffrey D. Paden, Dispatcher Dylan Roe, Dispatcher Thomas O’Meara, Dispatcher Lacy Downing, Back Row Left to Right – Dispatcher Chris Galbreath, Dispatcher Christa Daymut, Dispatcher Rebecca Hanes, Dispatch Supervisor Jeff Hannon)