SCEC is celebrating the “workaversary” for Senior Dispatcher Michael Newell today. Mike started as a dispatcher for SCEC in 2009, 10 years ago and since, has been promoted to Senior Dispatcher. Mike was presented a “Thin Gold Line” custom wooden flag created by Murphy’s Custom Woodworking ( https://www.facebook.com/Murphys-Custom-Wood-Working-509127159497559/) and a gift card to spend wherever he wishes. Mike, you are appreciated, and thank you for your service!
We were surprised by a gift from Dillon’s Floral today! Employees of Dillon’s brought a beautiful bouquet of flowers in honor of emergency personnel on the anniversary of 9/11. Thank you! The gift was very thoughtful!
Seven members of SCEC are in Winfield today attending training on “Survival Skills for the Emergency Dispatcher”; how to avoid Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders. Dispatchers Helton, Stevenson, Bishop-Wichman, Van Dyke, Voshell, Newell, and Bristor are taking advantage of this valuable information.
Sumner County Emergency Communications participated in the Grand Parade at the Sumner County Fair in Caldwell Saturday Evening. Dispatchers had a float in the parade and passed out freezer pops along the parade route. Shown in the photo, from left to right are Dispatcher Ailee Beltz, Dispatcher Vickie Holt, and TAC/LASO Rachelle Van Dyke. Thanks to all involved in making decorations, beating the heat, and making this a success!
A schedule of all Fair events can be found here.
Thank you to Tanya Chancellor and Brookdale Senior Living in Wellington for thinking of us on National Hot Dog Day! National Hot Dog Day was Wednesday the 17th, and Brookdale brought lunch for us in celebration. Thank you very much…we appreciate it!
Dispatchers Mattie Caudillo and Coty Shelton recently received the Department’s “Extra Mile” awards for actions taken late last month. While exact details cannot be released because of confidentiality, we can say that it involved a woman and young children who were traveling through Sumner County late at night and were stopped by an area law enforcement officer.
The officer discovered the woman was traveling and badly in need of assistance. The officer himself contributed by putting gasoline in the woman’s car, but it was also found that her children had no car seats as the seats had been stolen. When this was discovered, Dispatchers Mattie Caudillo and Coty Shelton immediately offered up their personal car seats to donate to the motorist in need, indicating they could purchase and replace the car seats the next day. Others on the shift gathered up some snacks from the SCEC Pantry, and Watch Supervisor Ashley Helton drove to the car stop site to deliver the car seats and the snacks.
“This was a selfless act made to ensure those small children continued their journey safety”, said 911 Director John Tracy. “Mattie and Coty make us proud because their action is demonstrative of a true desire to help others.”
“The entire shift swung into action going above and beyond”, continued Tracy.
In addition to the “Extra Mile” award, both Caudillo and Shelton have been nominated for APCO’s “Teammates in Action” award.
Pictured above, left to right, are Dispatcher Shelton, Watch Supervisor Helton, and Dispatcher Caudillo.