Saline County Central Dispatch named Telecommunicators of the Year in Illinois


Web Editor - Ryan Burkett

SALINE COUNTY, Ill. - The Illinois Sheriff Association named Saline County Central Dispatch as its Telecommunicators of the Year for 2012.

The award was given partially as a result of their response to the Leap Day tornado that swept through the area last year.

Sheriff Keith Brown, who recommended Saline County to the Association as a candidate for the award, says Central Dispatch received more than 2,200 calls in 16 hours on February 29. That's compared to a normal day of about 300 calls.

The sheriff praised dispatchers for their efforts that day, saying that no one was forced to come into work, but they showed up to help out anyway.

"It shows their true dedication to their job," Sheriff Brown said.

Saline County Central Dispatch currently employes 11 telecommunicators on a full-time basis, along with two part-time employees. It receives 911 calls from 10 counties in three states.