News Release


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William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
Telephone:  (845) 486-2000
, FAX: (845) 486-2021,

April 9, 2001


Dutchess County Celebrates National Public Safety Telecommunications Week

Poughkeepsie, New York (April 2, 2001) - Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus declares the week of April 8 through April 14, 2001 to be National Telecommunications Week in Dutchess County. The County Executive said, "This week has been set aside to honor the men and women whose diligence and professionalism keep our County and citizens safe."

Introduced to Congress by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International in 1991, National Public Safety Telecommunications Week is the second week of April each year. This week is dedicated to public safety telecommunication professionals who aid in providing 911 emergency assistance to citizens everywhere.

The County Executive added, "Every day, millions of people depend on the skill, expertise and commitment of the men and women who work in public safety telecommunications. These individuals help save countless lives by responding to emergency calls, dispatching police officers, firefighters, emergency medical personnel and equipment, as well as providing moral support to citizens in distress."

Dutchess County began 911 operations on October 12, 1999 and since has answered over 214,566 emergency calls with a staff of 36 dispatchers. Our dedicated county staff is on the front line everyday via telephone, helping our residents and giving life saving instructions.

Emergency Response Coordinator DeWitt Sagendorph said, "The term "9-1-1" is often associated with rapid emergency response, poise under pressure, aid and compassion in times of distress and critical decision-making within seconds. Many people donít stop to think about these seemingly nameless, faceless individuals until they experience actual emergencies themselves. These professionals make the difference between life and death in many instances."

Sagendorph added, "By officially recognizing these public safety telecommunication professionals, Dutchess County, the Department of Emergency Response and APCO hope to awaken public awareness of these important professionals and to thank them for the job they have done throughout the past year."


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