Dispatchers for 911 received a round of applause and thanks as the Marion County Commission approved a proclamation for National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.

The proclamation was made during Monday’s commission meeting, at which the commissioners also reviewed the budget at the end of the first quarter and heard an update on jail work.

Mike Hall with 911 services was present at Monday’s meeting to briefly discuss what the dispatchers do and how they benefit not only Marion County, but Lewis and Ralls counties, as well.

“Nothing bad happens that doesn’t touch 911,” he said. “And our dispatchers don’t always get the recognition for the work they do.”

The National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week is this week, April 14-20, and Hall said they will be recognizing employees during the week, including Sandy Lane, who has been a dispatcher with 911 for 25 years.

See more in this week's Palmyra Spectator.