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Warren County celebrates National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

WARREN COUNTY, NJ – The second week of April is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. Warren County took the opportunity to honor the dedicated telecommunications personnel in our public safety community.

The safety of our police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel is dependent upon our Telecommunicators utilizing their skills to obtain accurate locations and critical information from citizens who contact the Warren County 9-1-1 Communications Center, officials said.

The County Commissioners encourage the public to join them in celebration of – and gratitude for – those who selflessly serve the public. This designated week reminds us to appreciate Telecommunicators’ hard work and unwavering dedication.

As a special thank-you, Commissioner James R. Kern III visited the Warren County Communications Center on April 14 and presented a proclamation in recognition and appreciation of the invaluable role 9-1-1 dispatchers play in fostering a safer community.

In Warren County during the past year, Telecommunicators processed more than 214,000 phone calls relating to 143,000 incidents, and performed such tasks under minimum staffing conditions.

In 2022, Public Safety Telecommunicators Laura Herkenham and Tori Dickson received recognition awards for demonstrating their excellent skills and ability to perform during noteworthy events involving specific life or death situations.

“Once again, we extend heartfelt thanks to our Warren County Public Safety Telecommunicators for their tireless efforts, sacrifices, and unwavering service. Their contributions do not go unnoticed or unappreciated. Telecommunicators are true heroes, and we are grateful for all they do!,” officials said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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