National honor for county dispatcher

Dec 29, 2017 From staff reports

Stephanie Walker from the Fremont County Sheriff's Office dispatch center received the 2017 Association of Public Safety Communication Officials and National Emergency Number Assoc-iation Dispatcher of the Year Award at a recent conference in Casper.

She was chosen over four other dispatchers from across the state to receive this year's award.

Walker began her dispatch career in February of 1998 with the Casper Police Department. She moved to Fremont County in October of 2001 and found her niche for the next 16 years at the Fremont County Sheriff's Office.

She is the highest-seniority dispatcher at the Sheriff's office, has been a field training officer for 16 years and has been the Terminal Agency Coordinator since 2002.

She was described in a press release as dependable, efficient and unfailingly punctual, with amazing attention to detail.

"Stephanie is a unique individual who truly cares about the public she serves, the law, fire and EMS personnel she protects and the dispatchers she works with," officials said in the press release.

"Stephanie's tireless commitment and support has inspired and motivated many others.

"he is focused on providing the best possible service to the public, fellow employees and first responders with a leadership style based on collaboration, trust, flexibility and humor.

"Stephanie is truly a hidden hero who rarely asks for anything for herself while giving everything to others. Stephanie has made a difference in so many people's lives with her passion for doing her job above and beyond the basic requirements. This passion and commitment is what won Stephanie Walker this award."

Walker also received an Award of Outstanding Performance signed by all of the Fremont County Commissioners for her accomplishment.

"Fremont County is fortunate to have the dedicated individuals who fill the seats within our Dispatch Centers," the press release states.

Officials cited studies showing only about 2 percent of people have the skills required to be a dispatcher.

Regardless, they said, "Fremont County shines in the dispatch community," with Walker representing the third local dispatcher to with the annual award in the last 14 years.

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