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April 14, 2010 > Honoring behind-the-scenes heroes

Honoring behind-the-scenes heroes

Submitted By Kassondra Moreland

Alameda County's public safety dispatch centers are holding a banquet to honor their selected Dispatcher of the Year "DOTY" for National Telecommunicator's Week. Union City has organized a similar event at Crowne Plaza Hotel on Saturday, April 17. There will be music and dancing, amazing food, a charity basket auction and raffle, as well as other entertainment. The dispatchers on the committee have been working hard for the last year to make this a memorable event.

The Public is welcome to attend this banquet and thank the local behind-the-scenes heroes in police, fire and medical dispatching. This is a great opportunity to meet the people who work so hard answering the 911 lines to ensure that emergencies are responded to efficiently and appropriately. Dispatcher's have a unique role in emergency services often taking the brunt of a panicked caller's frustration, responding with grace and professionalism and rarely getting the closure of first responders. This event is your opportunity to be there to say thanks for all their efforts to keep our communities safe.

This year's theme is "The Academy Awards;" there will be everything from a red carpet to paparazzi to swag bags to the presentation of Best Actor/Actress in a leading role.

Funds collected from our Chief's auction are donated to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation. This organization provides assistance and research for breast cancer patients. Our basket auction proceeds will go to Alameda County Foster Youth Alliance, which assist in the transition for young adults from foster care to independent living. Donations will help us to contribute as much as possible to their wonderful organization.

To purchase tickets contact Kassondra Moreland Vice-President, Public Safety Dispatcher Recognition Committee (PSDRC) at (510) 675-5210 or write to or Union City Police Department, 34009 Alvarado Niles Rd., Union City. For more information visit and click "Support a Project."

Alameda County Public Safety Dispatchers
Annual Appreciation Banquet
Saturday, April 17
6 p.m.
Crowne Plaza Hotel
32083 Alvarado Niles Road, Union City
(510) 675-5210

Tickets: $75

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