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WHEREAS, the health and safety of all Virginians is important to our great Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, the availability of 9-1-1 assistance is integral to the safety of each Virginian, and the security of all communities; and
WHEREAS, hundreds of dedicated telecommunicators serve the citizens of Virginia daily by answering their requests for law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services by dispatching the appropriate assistance as quickly as possible; and
WHEREAS, the professional public safety telecommunicator is a vital link between the citizen or victim and the public safety provider; and
WHEREAS, during this time of crisis we recognize that public safety telecommunicators are mission essential personnel who continue to provide a singular service that ensures the public’s health and safety—everyday; and
WHEREAS, the dedicated public safety telecommunicators throughout Virginia handle nearly 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 12-18, 2020, as PUBLIC SAFETY TELECOMMUNICATORS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.