Saline County Dispatch earns Telecommunicators of the Year | News
Their work during the Leap Day tornado was just one reason why the Illinois Sheriff Association has named Saline County Central Dispatch as its Telecommunicators of the Year for 2012.
Sheriff Keith Brown, who recommended Saline County to the Association as a candidate for the award, says Central Dispatch received more than 2,200 calls in 16 hours on February 29, more than seven times what they receive in a normal day.
The sheriff praised dispatchers for their efforts that day, saying that no one was forced to come into work, but they showed up to help out anyway.
"It shows their true dedication to their job," he said.
Saline County Central Dispatch currently employes 11 telecommunicators on a full-time basis, along with two part-time employees. It receives 911 calls from ten counties in three states.
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