TFC Stu Recke
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 2, Nortonville
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April 8-14 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week
Date of News Release: 03/29/2012
(Madisonville, KY) –- When violent storms and tornados ravaged 16 eastern Kentucky counties on the night of March 2, Kentucky State Police telecommunicators were some of the first to respond, handling urgent requests for assistance and sending emergency personnel and equipment to the stricken communities. Often working in excess of normal 12-hour shifts, they played vital roles in alerting law enforcement, fire, rescue and medical services, coordinating communications and directing help to where it was needed.
During the second week of April, Kentucky State Police telecommunications personnel at Post 2 in Madisonville will join more than 200,000 fellow communicators throughout the United States being recognized for their long hours and dedication to public safety.
"Across the state, our telecommunicators are just a phone call away for those seeking help in times of personal crisis or community disaster," says KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer. "They are on duty every day, every night, every weekend and every holiday, providing a calming voice to citizens in need and behind-the-scenes support to first responders on the street. Their efforts often make the difference between life and death. They have earned a well-deserved salute for their dedication and service to the Kentucky State Police and the citizens of the Commonwealth."
KSP employs 187 telecommunicators at its 16 posts throughout the state. In 2011, they handled 529,175 calls.
Post 2 in Madisonville has 9 telecommunicators on staff who handle calls from seven counties: Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Todd, and Webster. Last year, they responded to 25,202 calls.
The Post 2 telecommunications team includes: Supervisor John Davis of Madisonville, Shift Supervisor Chris Rogers of Princeton, Martha Clark of Madisonville, Ronald Cobb of White Plains, Chris King of Central City, Robert Littlepage of Powderly, James Offutt of Madisonville, Lauren Robinson of Bremen, and Miria Thomas of Earlington.