Telecommunicator of the Year Award
First response is not just the agencies that respond to the scene. First Response often begins with the call to 911. That voice guides the responders to assist and guides the caller through it, maybe one of the scariest times of their life. It takes a special person to pull this off with the best possible outcome for all.
This dispatcher began her career with the Grant Parish Sheriff's Office in 1996 in the communications division. She has excelled in her profession and takes an enormous amount of pride in her responsibilities. She regularly trains and mentors others within the Grant Parish Sheriff's Office as well as other agencies across the state. She even trained Grant Parish Sheriff Steven McCain in 1997 when he was hired as a dispatcher for the Sheriff's Office!
She has a passion for the people of Grant Parish and for the personnel of any response agency she works with she regularly demonstrates this passion by going above and beyond to provide exceptional support that is needed to provide for the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved with the call.
The majority of First Responders of any agency or position are in this with a passion to serve their communities and to be a part of the solution. This telecommunicator is a shining example of that passion to serve others.
From non-medical to Medical calls, from the local towns within the parish to the Forest of the Kisatchie, from The Pecan Festival to Mudfest, her compassion strength and confidence never wavers to lead by example to others what first response is all about at any level.
The telecommunicator of the year is MiChelle Pittman of the Grant Parish Sheriff's Office.