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Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 11:54 am | Updated: 4:47 pm, Tue Apr 23, 2013.

Colorado County Commissioners’ Court took action to pass a resolution proclaiming April 14-20 as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week during their April 8 meeting at the Colorado County Services Facility.

County Sheriff R.H. “Curly” Wied said that the men and women who work behind the scenes as the lifeline between officers and citizens need to be recognized for all the hard work they do.

Judge Ty Prause read the proposed resolution out loud, saying that, “before any assistance arrives in the form of police officers, firefighters or EMS, the initial call is handled by one of our behind-the-scenes heroes in the public safety answering point (PSAP) and these telecommunicators are our first connection to emergency services, quickly and accurately gathering information from callers in every sort of crisis and emotional state, from injured to scared, to hysterical.”

Judge Prause said, according to the proposed resolution, it takes special persons to be ready and waiting day-in and day-out to help on what could be the worst day of a caller’s life and in addition to being a public safety link for citizen callers, 911 dispatchers provide a link to the on-scene responders as well.

Also, the safety of police officers, firefighters and EMS personnel are always forefront in the minds of the 911 dispatchers, Judge Prause read.

Judge Prause then said, “Now, therefore be it resolved that the Colorado County Commissioners’ Court expresses its enduring gratitude and appreciation to the exceptional dedication, countless hours of service and good work for the citizens of Colorado County, and great assistance and aid to our police officers, firefighters and EMS personnel.”

County Commissioners’ Court then approved action to pass the resolution as read.

Also during the meeting, County Auditor Raymie Kana announced, as part of her Healthy County Wellness Program report, that County Commissioner Pct. 4 Darrell Gertson was a recipient of the Texas Association of Counties Health and Employee Benefits Pool 2012 Iris Stagner Award. Gertson, she pointed out, was recognized with a plaque as the Honorary Colorado County Wellness Sponsor Honorable Mention, advocating health promotion excellence in Colorado County, April 1.

According to Kana’s letter submitted to the Texas Association of Counties Health and Employee Benefits Pool for Gertson’s nomination, she stated that Commissioner Gertson encourages and motivates employees to walk and just think healthy overall and that he is the visible and vocal leader for the Healthy County Program for employees.

Kana also pointed out that Gertson was instrumental in presenting an incentive to Commissioners’ Court where employees who participated in the County vs. County Challenge would earn an hour off for every 10,000 steps walked. Colorado County won first place in the Large County category and employees earned 500 hours.

“Darrell truly believes that when employees are healthy, they are better able to provide quality service, manage stress appropriately, experience fewer lost workdays and model healthy behaviors for their families and the community,” Kana said.

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