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April 15, 2004

Valdosta - They're the voices you hear when you call about an emergency, and they make sure you get the help you need at a moments notice. "We save lives," said Thomas Smith, Operations Manager.

It's Public Safety Telecommunications Week in Lowndes County. "It's designed to honor the dispatchers who work every day, day in and day out, taking emergency calls," said Smith.

And they're among the best in the state. Systems Manager Danny Weeks was recently awarded the Georgia President's Award from the Association of Public Safety Communication Officers. "To be recognized by your peers for something you enjoy doing is really special," said Weeks.

Along with spotlighting the hard work and dedication of its dispatchers, this week is also a time for the center to educate the community. Hundreds of Lowndes County students have stopped by this week for a lesson in 911 safety. "Teaching them how to call 911, not to play on the phone, and helping them not to be afraid of law enforcement," said Smith.

And they're teaching them that calling these men and women can save their lives. "I've had the opportunity to travel to a lot of different 911 centers around the state and we definitely have one of the best," said Weeks.

A team that these dispatchers are proud to be part of.

posted at 4:45 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com