Thank a Dispatcher This Week
Each year, the second full week in April is set aside to celebrate and honor those first, first responders – the communications officers or dispatchers who answers the community’s calls for help in all types of situations.
In Sheridan County, all communications officers are employed by the Sheridan Police Department. However, they answer calls for service and dispatch for every first responder in Sheridan County, with the exception of Wyoming Highway Patrol and Wyoming Game and Fish, which are both dispatched out of Cheyenne.
“Someone that can be in this profession for a long period of time, and do it well, is really, truly a miraculous person,” said Sheridan Police Lt. Travis Koltiska. “They are extremely vital to all first responders in this community. It’s not just the police, it’s not just the sheriff. They do everything and they do it really well.”
Koltiska said in some ways the duty of a dispatcher is more difficult that a police officer because they don’t often get to see the resolution of the calls they handle.
“Never having done it myself, I still recognize that it’s one of the most difficult aspects of law enforcement because they’re not only responsible for helping those people on the phone, but getting the right help there at the right time is unbelievably difficult and I have the utmost respect for them,” said Sheridan County Sheriff Allen Thompson.
National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week was first adopted by Congress in 1991. Take a look at how other communities around the country are celebrating by clicking here.
The Sheridan Police Department sent out a press release today to recognize the men and women in communications:
- Kim Madden
- Cynthia Shepherd-Godwin
- Dominic Cote
- Darin Fitzpatrick
- Kellen Phillips
- Dan Johnson
- Becca Hartman
- Phillip Willet
- John Gowen
- Molly Diderrich