Public Safety Telecommunicators Honored

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DOWNTOWN JACKSON — This week those who help keep us safe are being honored. Each year, the second full week of April is dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators. Lanonda Jernigan is the director in Downtown Jackson at the Jackson Police and Fire Dispatch. “You get calls that are pretty dangerous sometimes that you actually hear what’s going on in the background,” Jernigan said. “You know what someone’s just been shot; you know that someone is in need of an ambulance because their loved one or their person what they are with is no longer breathing.” Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office in California set up the event in 1981. It is a week that should be set aside so everyone can be made aware of their hard work and dedication.

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