The Oregon chapter of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO), held their annual training and awards conference the week of October the 9th, in Bend Oregon. This annual training and awards conference is the one time during the year where Chapter Members can recognize some truly outstanding contributions made by Oregon 9-1-1 Dispatchers.

This year Astoria 9-1-1 had two Dispatchers recognized. Dispatcher Candace Pozdolski received the Telecommunicator of the Year Award and an Impact award. The Telecommunicator of the Year Award recognizes a Dispatcher who demonstrates the highest level of commitment to the profession through dedication to continuous improvement, initiative in professional development, care of customers and investment in the team. For her contributions in bringing Text to 9-1-1 to Astoria Candace received an Impact Award. This award recognizes any person employed in emergency telecommunications field that, by act or deed, makes an extremely noteworthy contribution, thus positively impacting the local 9-1-1 jurisdiction in a significant way.

Dispatcher Jennifer Peden received two Critical Incident Awards which recognize an individual’s noteworthy contribution which results in the successful handling of a major incident or combination of incidents beyond the average or normal activity level.

I was honored to see these two recognized by their peers, for the great work they do all year long. Astoria 9-1-1 has an incredibly dedicated group of Dispatchers and seeing them receive these awards makes me proud to be part of this elite group, said Astoria 9-1-1 Manager Jeff Rusiecki.

Dispatcher Jennifer Peden
Astoria 911 Manager Jeff Rusiecki
Dispatch Supervisor Candace Pozdolski