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WHEREAS, the health and safety of all Virginians are important to our great Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, the availability of 9-1-1 assistance is integral to the peace of mind of each individual and the security of all communities; and
WHEREAS, hundreds of dedicated telecommunicators daily serve the citizens of Virginia by answering requests for law enforcement and fire and emergency medical services by dispatching the appropriate assistance as quickly as possible; and
WHEREAS, the professional public safety telecommunicator is the vital link between the citizen or victim and the public safety provider; and
WHEREAS, the dedicated public safety telecommunicators throughout Virginia handle almost four million calls to 9-1-1 each year; and
WHEREAS, it is important for the public to be aware of the responsibility to properly use 9-1-1 services by calling only when lives or property are in peril, thus increasing the efficiency of the system and improving the chances that lives will be saved;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize April 14-20, 2019, as PUBLIC SAFETY TELECOMMUNICATORS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.