QA’s dis­patcher re­tires af­ter 30 years

Sunday Star - - BUSINESS -

CENTREVILLE — Af­ter 30 years of serv­ing the county as a full-time pub­lic safety dis­patcher with the Queen Anne’s County 911 Cen­ter, De­bra Shel­ton ser ved her final shift be­fore Christ­mas.

With a ca­reer that be­gan on Nov. 18, 1987, as an emer­gency com­mu­ni­ca­tions dis­patcher, Shel­ton al­ways was a de­voted em­ployee and an ad­vo­cate for the vol­un­teer fire and emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vices of Queen Anne’s County, a procla­ma­tion read by Com­mis­sioner Steve Wil­son stated dur­ing her final day at work on Satur­day, Dec. 23.

Pub­lic safety dis­patch­ers are nonsworn em­ploy­ees who re­ceive emer­gency calls for law en­force­ment or emer­gency ser­vices, and dis­patch the ap­pro­pri­ate units for aid.

Shel­ton re­ceived the Mary­land In­sti- tute Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vices Sys­tems Star of Life Award, the As­so­ci­a­tion of Pub­lic-Safety Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Of­fi­cials Team Award and the Emer­gency Numbers Sys­tems Board Team Award in 2017.

“De­bra’s hard work and ded­i­ca­tion have earned her the re­spect of her com­mu­nity and fel­low em­ploy­ees,” the procla­ma­tion stated.

Of­fi­cially re­tir­ing Jan. 1, Shel­ton will leave the county with the ti­tle of pub­lic safety dis­patcher-III.

“De­bra has ably and re­li­ably served the county and her com­mu­nity with an un­fail­ing ded­i­ca­tion to County-wide emer­gency com­mu­ni­ca­tions,” the procla­ma­tion read.

Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sioner Steve Wil­son reads a procla­ma­tion thank­ing 911 Cen­ter Pub­lic Safety Dis­patcher De­bra Shel­ton for her 30 years of ser­vice to the county and its cit­i­zens dur­ing her final shift on Satur­day, Dec. 23. Shel­ton will...

Queen Anne’s County Pub­lic Safety Dis­patcher De­bra Shel­ton with the 911 Cen­ter, holds up a procla­ma­tion thank­ing her for her 30 years of ser­vice to the county as she is to re­tire on Jan. 1.

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