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Posted on: April 27, 2018

Public Safety Annual Awards Issued

On Wednesday, April 11, 2018, the Washington County Department of Public Safety held our annual department awards and recognition luncheon in conjunction with National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (April 8th - 14th), we were thankful to celebrate with many of our current staff members and see some of our retirees for a visit too!


WASHINGTON COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS TEAM (CURRENT & RETIREES) -  NPSTW AWARDS 2018

Annual Department Awards, Years of Service Awards and Meritorious Service Awards (the annual awardees were selected based upon their performance during the past year and voted on by the Communications Center staff and Administration) were recognized as follows:

  • “Rookie of the Year": Communications Officer Nicholas Talmage
  • "Most Improved Communicator": Communications Officer Courtney Sady
  • "Communications Training Officer of the Year": Communications Officer (CTO) William Brown
  • "Communications Officer of the Year": Communications Officer Leslie Gordon 

Years of Service Awards 

  • 5 Years of Service: Communications Officers Joel Archambault, Nicole Moyer and Stephanie Williams
  • 10 Years of Service: Supervising Communications Officer Walt Stimpson, Communications Officer Regina Ladd
  • 15 Years of Service: Communications Officers Leslie Gordon and Larry Sourdiffe
  • 20 Years of Service: Supervising Communications Officer Don Stevens

Special Recognition / Awards Issued throughout 2017

  • Supervising Communications Officer Don Stevens was recognized for his role in assisting the coordination of PSAP scheduling and training as well as the many other roles he has performed throughout the years in our Communications Center in support of our staff and those we serve!
  • Communications Officer Nicole Moyer was recognized for her previously issued 911 Lifesaver Award in 2017 for her role as the 911 Communications Officer / Emergency Medical Dispatcher on a 911 call reporting the Cardiac / Respiratory Arrest of a subject. Following providing Emergency Medical Dispatch instruction to the caller, and the caller administering support to the patient, the patient was breathing upon arrival of EMS, Fire and Law Enforcement!
  • Communications Officer Regina Ladd was recognized for her previously issued 911 Lifesaver Award in 2017 for her role as the 911 Communications Officer / Emergency Medical Dispatcher on a 911 call reporting the Cardiac / Respiratory Arrest of a subject. Following providing Emergency Medical Dispatch instruction to the caller, the caller administering support to the patient, along with arrival / rapid care from our responding EMS, Fire and Law Enforcement partners, the patient was no longer in arrest upon transport to the hospital! 
  • Communications Officer Thomas Schilling was recognized for his previously issued Meritorious Service Award in 2017 for his role as the handling Communications Officer on a Mental Health / Report of a Suicidal Subject in a South Asian country that was routed to our 9-1-1 Communications Center. CO Schilling diligently worked through the difficult call gathering information, piecing it together to determine the subjects actual location in the United States, getting the correct agency to the call and assistance was rendered accordingly.
  • Communications Officer William Brown was recognized for his previously issued 9-1-1 Lifesaver Award in 2017 for his role as the Emergency Medical Dispatcher (EMD) on a medical emergency call turned cardiac arrest. Due to the efforts of EMD CO Brown, the 9-1-1 Caller and responding EMS, Fire and Law Enforcement personnel the cardiac arrest was successfully reversed and the victim recovered!
  • Communications Officer Ashlee Zinn was recognized for her work throughout the last number years with National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, working hand in hand with us in creating, supporting and promoting an enjoyable and exciting week for our Communications Center staff! Ashlee has dedicated her efforts with NPSTW in support of her team-mates and in recognition of the important, life-saving work done behind the scenes in our 911 Communications Center! In March of this year Ashlee transitioned to a position as the County Safety Officer and we thank her for her work with the Department of Public Safety and wish her continued success in her new position!
  • Communications Officer Stephanie Williams was recognized for her work in planning and coordinating the staff events for NPSTW 2018. CO Williams graciously accepted the task at hand and planned a great NPSTW week for all of our staff! We thank Steph for her work and we're looking forward to planning many more great NPSTW weeks with her for our staff in the years ahead!
  • Crime Victims Award / Recognition: This year, Washington County District Attorney Tony Jordan recognized and presented our Communications Center staff with an award highlighting the difficult work of 9-1-1 Communications Officers and the important role they have in impacting the victims of crimes when they need it most. We were truly honored for our staff to be recognized for their work and be a part of making a difference to the victims who rely on our support alongside the many other dedicated folks honored at the annual Crime Victims Awards.

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The Washington County Board of Supervisors and Chairman Henke issued an official Proclamation recognizing April 8th - 14th, 2018 as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in Washington County, throughout National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week the 911 Communications Center personnel had a number of visitors and local officials who expressed their support for the work they do and/or stopped by for a visit to see what it’s like behind the scenes and “under the headset.”   We are very appreciative of the support for our staff and the interest in what they do to help those in need and support our public safety partners in the field! We were also very thankful to have had assistance in presenting our annual awards from Washington County Administrator Chris DeBolt and Personnel Officer Melissa Fitch!


We wish to thank all of our Communications Center staff for their dedication and hard work throughout the last year! Coordinating communications in Public Safety services is a task like few others and takes a dedicated team (which we're lucky to have) to be the lifeline for our residents, visitors, and public safety field partners we serve proudly.


Glen P. Gosnell                               Timothy R. Hardy

Director                                           Deputy Director

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