Actress Halle Berry, who plays a 9-1-1 call taker in the new film “The Call,” with Los Angeles Police Department 9-1-1 personnel who helped her prepare for the role. (L to R): Liz Montgomery, Maria Moreno, Halle Berry, Yolanda Arroyo, and Gilbert Najar. Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.
Alongside of our friends at the NENA foundation and in support of our 9-1-1 clients, Akimeka is devoted to supporting public safety across the nation. While we offer the sincerest gratitude to our first responders – Law Enforcement Officers, EMTs and Firefighters – we want to spotlight the #ThankYou911 on the real first-first responders – the 911 dispatchers at Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs). Your dedication and support to saving lives does not go unnoticed!
Beth English, Rowlett, TX
I want to thank the unsung heroes of public safety doing the most thankless, under-recognized position in public safety. Most dispatchers find that the job is their calling. They discover they have the internal motivators that make them want to do the job to the best of their ability, not just to help others, but because they know at the end of the worst day, somehow they have made a difference; they have left their mark on society in one form or fashion. And tomorrow, they’ll come back and do it again. It’s what they do.
Beth English Communications Director Rowlett Police Department
Sandy Stansell, Rockford 911/Rockford Fire Dept
#ThankYou911 from RapidSOS, New York City, NY
Thank you 9-1-1 professionals for your heroism! Thank you for helping us when lives are on the line, and for enduring the stress of millions of emergencies each year. Your hard work is not unnoticed. Sending you a huge hug from New York City!
Laura M., Telephony Network Engineer, Greenwood Village, CO
My profession allows me the honor of speaking with dispatchers every day across the country as I make 9-1-1 test calls. I have friends who are dispatchers and/or have family members who are. I have friends and family that are police and firefighters and my daughter (seen in this photo) wants to someday become a paramedic to help others. Police, Fire, and EMS can’t do what they do without our brave unsung heroes in dispatch. Our dispatchers are the calm voice (or text) that is there when someone is having their worst day until help arrives. I conclude my testing with telling the last dispatcher I speak with “Thank you for everything you do!” It can’t be said enough. Thank you for everything you do!
Kimberly N, Winchester, KY
Logab Maske, Palos Heights, Illinois
Karen D., Winchester, VA
My name is Karen and I am a 9-1-1 dispatcher in Frederick County, VA. Also pictured are my parents Samuel and Donna Chandler, my 14 year old daughter Aly, and my 7 year old daughter Peyton. We walked in the Out of the Darkness walk 2k15, for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. We not only walked for lost friends and family, but mostly our goal was to raise awareness for those in public safety suffering PTSD, and to raise awareness for the rising suicide rate among first responders. We all know dispatchers are the first responders and are often forgotten.
Sharon U., Cook County., Ill.
Theresa N., Cut Off, LA
I want to tell all of my fellow dispatchers thank you for all of the hard work and dedication you have given to our community. Your more appreciated than you know and without you our community could not stay safe.
Ed Harr, Holly Springs, NC
NASCAR driver Joey Logano says #ThankYou911
On March 2, 2014, Team Penske’s No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion, driven by NASCAR driver Joey Logano, carried a “Friends of 9-1-1” decal during “The Profit on CNBC 500,” at Phoenix International Raceway.