Monday night, first responders from Monroe County, including EMS workers, police, and firefighters, made laps around the Central Dispatch Center at 301 S. Walnut Street, to comply with social distancing, but give dispatchers an opportunity to see them while honoring them during the annual National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week, which is from April 12-18.
A message from Tracy Hilburn, who is president of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International, reads, “Even though we are experiencing extremely challenging and unprecedented circumstances with the spread of the COVID-19 Virus, it remains vital for our physical and mental well-being to recognize the positives in our lives, as we work to combat this epidemic. Never have we faced an event that has simultaneously impacted the entire global population so profoundly. As we each remain vigilant to protect our families, along with ourselves, and continue to fulfill our responsibilities to protect our communities, I want to encourage you to remain strong, as we will overcome these difficult times.
Over this next week, emergency communication centers throughout the country may be limited in the manner in which celebrations can be held due to social distancing; however, you can still take this opportunity to applaud yourselves and each other. Take time to reflect on your personal achievements over the last year, be proud of the heart and passion you have for your profession, and hold your heads high knowing that you are the first, first responders. You are the gold line that holds it all together.”