Mary Alice Reporting:

(Thursday, April 12th) Tuscarawas County’s Sheriff is taking time to highlight the dispatchers for law enforcement, fire departments, and ambulance services.

The second week of April is observed as National Telecommunicators Appreciation Week as a reminder to citizens of those behind a 911 call.

Sheriff Orvis Campbell says emergency dispatchers relay information to first responders, talk with individuals over the phone, and in some cases, provide lifesaving instructions.

“They are often dealing with serious injury, someone in danger, or death, and all these have a very personal effect on the 911 dispatchers. They very much become committed to the families they’re trying to help but the families don’t get to know them. We just wanted to take a short moment to make sure that they understand the job they do and appreciate what they are doing every day.”

The Tuscarawas dispatch center has 20 employees, and he notes that all of them are trained to give lifesaving guidance over the phone.

Our local 911 center not only dispatches for the Sheriff Deputies but also for smaller police departments throughout the county.

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