Placer County Sheriff’s Office honors local dispatchers

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Two Placer County dispatchers are being honored for their work. Rachelle Youngman and Kelley Rogers, both Placer County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers, were given awards as part of the National Telecommunicators Week, celebrated from April 10 to April 16, according to Dena Erwin, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office. Erwin said Youngman is dispatcher of the year for the second year in a row, and Rogers is shift partner of the year. The two have been working for the department since 2007 and 2006 respectively. Sheriff Ed Bonner said the Sheriff’s Office is proud to have Youngman and Rogers on staff. “Rachelle continuously exceeds expectations in the performance of her duties,” Bonner said. “Field Operations staff appreciates her calm demeanor, which in turn helps to keep them calm in stressful situations. Kelley is the first to answer a ringing phone. She volunteers to help her coworkers and gets things done without being asked. She can be relied upon to help the team work well together when critical incidents occur.” Erwin said 911 dispatchers are the first point of contact for people reporting emergencies, suspicious behavior, unusual incidents and homeland security concerns. The annual National Public Safety Telecommunications Week honors thousands of men and women who respond to these calls, Erwin said. ~Staff report