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Dispatchers do a difficult job with little recognition

Feb 13, 2013 - Brandy Hague, Riverton Police/Fire Dispatcher

Editor:

I would like to take a moment to extend a sincere thank-you to my fellow Riverton Police Department dispatchers.

Another busy year has passed with us taking 13,666 calls for law enforcement service and 298 Riverton Volunteer Fire Department calls. Our job is stressful, with minimum recognition or thanks.

Each of us sacrifices so much in our personal lives to provide the "lifeline" to this community. We pride ourselves on our professionalism and getting our officers and firemen home safely to their families.

Most people have no inclination of our importance to this community. I often relate it to a marriage... in good times and bad, in sickness or health, 24 hours a day seven days a week. We shed tears for the tragedy and innocent lives lost on our watch. Our composure remains intact during the duration of our shifts, leaving us the emotional highs and lows during our commute home, not wanting to subject our families to the traumatic day we try to leave behind. We laugh, we cry, and we stand strong for one another.

God bless my law enforcement family. "We are proud, we are strong, we are the lifeline, we are RPD."

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