TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)- Local dispatchers are always ready to answer our calls, but city officials called on them for a celebration Monday afternoon.
The Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office, Lafayette Police Department, West Lafayette Police Department and Purdue University Police Department were all honored.
The lead dispatcher from each department was present to receive a proclamation.
Each agencies' department head took turns reading a portion of the order to family, friends and other department members in the crowd.
The proclamation is signed by Governor Eric Holcomb.
Sheriff Bob Goldsmith called dispatchers the 'heartbeat' of every agency.
"Dispatchers are, in pretty much every agency, they're the heartbeat," Goldsmith said. "That's where the first calls come in, they're the first ones to hear emotion, everything, it all gets filtered through dispatch. They're vital to our jobs and our safety."
He said they are the central force of the department.
"All my dispatchers? Love them and cannot do this job without you. Period. That's it," Goldsmith said. "They are that important, we have to have them."
The event is a part of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.
The annual week-long celebration is dedicated to showing appreciation for the people who dedicate their time to serving the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.