Westchester County Executive George Latimer handed out two proclamations paying tribute to County dispatchers for National Public Telecommunications Week. The week is commemorated annually from April 11-17, honoring the men and women who provide critical 9-1-1 life saving services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Latimer visited the Emergency Communications Center in Valhalla, where dispatchers known as “60 Control” provide services to more than 80 fire and EMS agencies in the County.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “These dispatchers are trained to assist callers during their most desperate moments, when they are sick or a loved one is sick or even dying. These split second moments exacerbated even more when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. I’m so proud of all of our dispatchers who have saved lives and relayed pertinent information to our first responders.”

Latimer then visited Westchester County Police Headquarters in Hawthorne to thank dispatchers there for their dedication and commitment to their jobs and community at large. The team, made up of civilian communications officers and Westchester County Police Officers, handled more than 137,000 calls from the public, including more than 20,000 emergency calls via 911 in 2020.