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WHEREAS, the health and safety of all Virginians are important to our great Commonwealth, and 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 serve the citizens of Virginia daily by answering requests for law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services, and by dispatching the appropriate assistance as quickly as possible; and
WHEREAS, the safety of our police officers and firefighters is dependent upon the quality and accuracy of information obtained from citizens who call the police-fire communications center; 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 millions of 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 in an emergency, 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 8-14, 2018, as PUBLIC SAFETY TELECOMMUNICATOR WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.