This week is National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. During this time, April 14-20, Kentucky State Police dispatchers at Post 13 in Hazard are joining more than 200,000 fellow communicators throughout the United States being recognized for their long hours and dedication to public safety.
Post 13 has 16 telecommunicators on staff who handle calls in Knott, Letcher, Breathitt, Leslie and Perry counties. Last year, Post 13 responded to 34,118 calls.
“They serve as an unseen, but vital link in keeping law enforcement offi- cers and the public safe at all times of the day or night. They work odd hours, make personal sacrifices, handle a huge amount of stress and are ready and willing to help at a moment’s notice,” said KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer.
KSP employs 185 telecommunicators at its 16 posts throughout the state. In 2012, they handled a total of 555,123 calls.
The Post 13 telecommunications team includes: Bobby Danner, of Hazard; Orlando Noble III, of Jackson, Sherry Cole, of Hazard; Greta Huff, of Fisty; Jeff Adams, of Dwarf; Ryan Adams, of Jeremiah; John Stacy, of Bulan; Derek Hall, of Viper; Deanna Whitaker, of Whitesburg; John ‘J.J.’ Farler, of Viper; Levi Grubbs, of Hazard; Keisha Hall, of Viper; Brenda Standafer, of Hazard; Jason Williamson, of Hyden; Nick Danner, of Hazard and Chase Deaton, of Wolfcoal.