The Greensburg Police Department is celebrating this week, declared as National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.
This week, sponsored by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International and celebrated annually, honors the thousands of men and women who respond to emergency calls, dispatch emergency professionals and equipment, and render life-saving assistance to the world’s citizens.
Across the nation in times of intense personal crisis and community-wide disasters, the first access point for those seeking all classes of emergency services information is 9-1-1.
The city and county public safety communications centers that receive these calls have emerged as the first and single point of contact for persons seeking immediate relief during an emergency. A telecommunicator truly is the first to respond to a citizen’s call for help. These professionals are the calm voice to all, including the responding officers faced with life and death decisions on the street. They are that reassuring voice that help is on the way.
“Here at the Greensburg Police Department, I am proud to say we have a dedicated and professional staff of hardworking telecommunicators,” Greensburg Chief of Police Stacey Chasteen said through a press release. “Please join me in honoring all of them for their years of service to the citizens of Greensburg.”
The following individuals are presently employed as emergency dispatchers for the Greensburg Police Department:
Barbara Prince, 39 years of service
Daniel Mulford, 16 years of service
Leigh Ann Dashiell, 14 years of service
Fred Poore, 14 years of service
Carol Johnson, 10 years of service
Josh Tressler, six years of service
Teresa Morrow, five years of service
Erika Doub, four years of service
Abigail Poling, three years of service
Ashley Wilson, three years of service
Lisa Willhelm, one year of service
Heidi Jackson, one year of service
Tracy Lighfield, one year of service
— Daily News