National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week observed April 9-15, time to say thanks

by | April 13, 2017 7:45 am

Last Updated: April 13, 2017 at 10:29 am

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A and B Shifts. L-R: Troy Hatfield – B Shift Dispatch Supervisor, Ed Hensley – A Shift Dispatcher, Stephanie Sherman – A Shift Dispatch Supervisor, Eric Morin – A&B Swing Shift Dispatcher, Wes Eldridge – B Shift Dispatcher

C and D shifts. L-R: Donald Keyes – C&D Swing Shift Dispatcher, Tammy Gongaware – D Shift Dispatcher, Pam Hickey – D Shift Dispatch Supervisor, James Neal – C Shift Dispatch Supervisor, CTO, ALT TAC, Jordon Dukes – C Shift Dispatcher

Part-time. L-R: Robert Merrell, Zach Blaylock, Chase Ferrell

Director. Suzi Cash Haston

Assistant. Brittany Eldridge – Administrative Assistant, TACAssistant. Brittany Eldridge – Administrative Assistant, TAC

On the second week of April every year, the nation honors the dedicated telecommunications personnel in the public safety community. The week of April 9-15 is a time to celebrate and thank all of those who dedicate their lives to serve the public by working in the vital 911 communication centers, which is the first line of getting help to those in an emergency situation.

The White County Emergency 911 Communications Center started providing its life saving dispatching services in January 1995. The vision for the White County 911 service in White County began in 1990 when former White County Executive and retired State Representative Charles Curtiss began having meetings with community leaders.

The White County 911 Center was created after 90 percent of White County voters cast their ballots in favor of the proposal. The first director for was Gene Eller. Another early pioneer who was vital in the handling of mapping and addressing residential and commercial structures in Sparta and White County was Wayne Sherrell.

Suzi Cash Haston now serves as director of the White County E-911 Communications Center.

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