911 Names Top Staff Members of 2014

A veteran York County 911 Dispatcher today was named 2014 Telecommunicator of the Year for her unwavering commitment to the public and excellence on the job.

Senior dispatcher Louise Merritt was recognized for her work ethic, positive outlook and willingness to assist others. She is able to work every position on the dispatch floor.

Merritt was one of three Emergency Services employees to earn awards during an annual awards ceremony held for National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.

“Employees at the Department of Emergency Services are a critical part of our public safety network and should be recognized for their hard work on behalf of the residents of York County,” said Commissioner Doug Hoke. “We’re proud to have such a dedicated group of individuals serving the county.”

Also recognized during the ceremony:

  • Central Records Supervisor Lisa Witmer was named Supervisor of the Year. She has held numerous different titles during her long tenure with the County. She demonstrates a commitment to excellence, dedication to the organization and often puts the needs of others in front of her own.
  • Data Specialist Kenneth Weber (posthumously) was named Administrative Support Person of the Year. Weber, who started with 911 in January 2004, was known for his exemplary work ethic and team spirit. He continued to work even as his health deteriorated.

The winners, who were chosen by their peers, received a selection of gifts and recognition from the York County Commissioners.

A highlight of Friday’s event was the presence of York Revolution mascot DownTown and team President Eric Menzer, who announced that all Emergency Services staff members would receive two complimentary tickets to the Revs’ Emergency Responder Night on June 10 at Santander Stadium.

“It’s truly a pleasure to have this opportunity to recognize and thank these unsung heroes,” Menzer said. “In fact, I’m excited that this year, as a more public ‘thank you,’ we will be recognizing them on the field at Emergency Responder Night at the York Revolution game on June 10 when they will all be our guests. We appropriately recognize the great work done by police, firefighters, EMS and other highly-visible first responders.

“I am sure they would all agree that they could not begin to do their job without these great folks behind the scenes, and will join us in thanking them that night.”

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