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VAIL — Vail Public Safety Communications Center Telecommunicator Amber Droegemeier has been named Colorado’s Telecommunicator of the Year. The award was presented by the Colorado National Emergency Number Association and Association of Public-Safety Communications Officers on April 6, during National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week.

Droegemeier has been a telecommuncator with the Vail Public Safety Communications Center since 2012. She was selected from among 11 nominations for her dedication to the job, commitment to her team and competence in her duties.

In preparing the nomination, Vail Public Safety Communications Center Interim Director Marc Wentworth wrote that Droegemeier strives to bring out the best in people. “Her work teams are always upbeat, often participating in team activities and establishing traditions even after just a few short weeks together,” he wrote. “Amber’s ability to create such work groups is innate and she uses these leadership abilities to better the atmosphere in the communications center voluntarily, independent of supervision.”

The Vail Public Safety Communications Center is the 911 answering point for Eagle County’s public safety agencies. The center provides dispatch services for four police departments, six fire departments and the ambulance district.

National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week began in 1981 and became a permanent, weeklong celebration in 1994. The week is dedicated to celebrating the contributions of public safety telecommunicators.

Colorado National Emergency Number Association and Association of Public-Safety Communications Officers is the state chapter for the National Emergency Number Association and the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officers.


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