Communications News & Awards
Hanover County Emergency Communications Recognizes Outstanding Officers; Janie Witherspoon Named Communications Officer of the Year
April 16, 2012
Hanover County honored its Emergency Communications Officers in a recognition ceremony held at the County Administration Building, Board of Supervisors Auditorium on April 12, 2012. During this ceremony, Janie Witherspoon was honored as Hanover County Emergency Communications Officer of the Year for 2011.
Witherspoon is a graduate of New Kent High School and has been a member of Hanover County Emergency Communications since February 1998. She was nominated by her supervisors because of her outstanding dedication, professionalism and leadership ability. Janie is always there when needed, a great team player. She works well with others and is one of the most dependable members of our department. Janie’s dedication is exemplary and is a very energetic member of our team.
The Department also honored Kim Kinker for Individual Performance during a Critical Incident when on July 25, 2011
while was working the Fire Radio she received a call regarding a shooting on Dude Ranch Road. Kim was recognized for her individual performance, professional demeanor and composure during this very emotional and gut wrenching event. Also honored for Outstanding Team Performance during this incident were: Officers Kim Kinker, Whitney Trotter, Barbara Burrow, Casey Lawrence, Preston Main, Bruce Moore, Shannon Schiebel, Kim Edmundson-Joseph, Kim Martin, Julie Cooper and Supervisors Nancy Langley, Carole Starcher and Senior Supervisor Arlene Sharpe. These individuals displayed one of the finest examples of how emergency communications personnel work together during a time of crisis and perform some of the most complex and stressful tasks under some of the most trying conditions imaginable.
Senior Communications Officer Shannon Schiebel was selected as the Communications Training Officer of the Year for 2011 and Senior Supervisor Dawn Drewry was recognized as the Supervisor of the Year for 2011. Radio Analyst Charles Smith was recognized under a new award category as the Radio Frequency Technologist of the Year for 2011. Smith in particular was praised for his assistance during the Robbie Wood search where he coordinated radio distribution and provided needed training on the radio operation to the searchers. He maintained adequate inventory, kept batteries charged and provided invaluable knowledge in running the COM-L function of this massive search effort.
Communications Officer Janie Witherspoon also received the first annual Heins “Dedication to Duty” award for receiving the highest number of peer recognition cards during the past year. This award is named after Retired Director Phil Heins who presented
Janie with the award. Several were recognized for years of service: Operations Manager Bill Perry (25 years), Angela Conley (20 years), Barbara Burrow (15 years), Officers Lisa Bryant, Kim Edmundson-Joseph, Preston Main and Jillian Thomas (5 years).
The Department also recognized Communications Officer’s Casey Lawrence, Lorie Saunders and Jillian Thomas for their outstanding performance utilizing the department’s automated Emergency Fire and Medical Dispatch Protocols and having the highest annual EMD/EFD score’s.S
The guest speaker for the evening was Mrs. Monica T. Brown, retired member of the Hanover Emergency Communications Department. Mrs. Brown spoke from experience of just how valuable the emergency communications personnel were to the overall success of the Public Safety Emergency Response System. Mr. Wayne Hazzard, South Anna Representative of the Hanover County Board of Supervisors, read and presented the Communications Department with a Proclamation honoring them for their dedication, service and sacrifice during National Telecommunicator’s Week. The Board of Supervisors established the second week in April as Hanover County Emergency Communications Officer Week. Hazzard praised all Hanover County Emergency Communications personnel for their service, noting the stress and demands placed on them each and every day, along with the great job they do.
For more information about Hanover County Emergency Communications, call Charlie Udriet, Deputy Director of Emergency Communications, at 365-6311.
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- MCM Technology, LLC
- JS Contracting Company
- Altaris Technology Partners, Inc.
- Motorola, Inc.
- Home Depot - Mechanicsville
- Gold's Gym
- AMF Hanover Lanes
- Lube Tech
- Food Lion - Ashland, Bell Creek, Chamberlayne & Kings Charter
- Martin's - Ashland and Mechanicsville
- Walmart - Mechanicsville
- Belle Cafe'
- Starbucks Coffee
- Bruester's Real Ice Cream
- Buffalo Wild Wings
- Cracker Barrel - Mechanicsville
- Farmer Johnson's Country Kitchen
- Ginger Red Asian Bistro
- Giovanni's Pizza
- Homemades by Suzanne
- Italian Kitchen
- Marty's Grill
- Mexico Restaurant
- Noodles & Company
- Outback Steakhouse
- Peking Restaurant
- Ponderosa Steakhouse
- Quiznos - Mechanicsville
- Riverbound Cafe'
- Sam's Hot Dogs
- Sapori Restaurant
- TGI Friday's
- The Patron Mexican Restaurant
- Tropical Smoothie
- Zheng Restaurant
- Hanover Sheriff's Office
- Ashland Police Department
- Hanover Fire/EMS
- Hatcher Cole FOP Lodge #38
- RCC Consultants
Hanover Emergency Communications Members Honored - Spring, 2011
April 19, 2011
Kathy Cheeley has been named Emergency Communications Officer of the Year for 2010.
A graduate of Liberty Christian School, Kathy has been a part of Hanover County Emergency Communications since November 1999. She was nominated by her supervisors because of her outstanding dedication, professionalism and leadership ability.
"Kathy can always be counted on to display superior customer service under the most trying situations and prides herself in getting the job done while keeping a cool, calm and professional demeanor," said Charlie Udriet, Deputy Director.
Several other communications officers were recognized in a recognition ceremony held at the new Emergency Communications Center last week.
Jillian Thomas was honored for Individual Performance during a Critical Incident. This award was given for her performance last October 27, when a tornado struck down in the Mechanicsville area. The tornado was spotted headed directly toward the area where she lives with her husband and children, who were home at the time, while she was working the Police Radio. Nevertheless, Jillian held her composure and demonstrated great courage, performing her duties admirably.
Also honored for Outstanding Team Performance during this incident were Officers Eddie Eacho, Cynthia Martin, Katie Sprouse, Barbara Burrow, Whitney Trotter and Lorie Saunders; Supervisors Nancy Langley, Jude Dawson and Carole Starcher; and Senior Supervisor Arlene Sharpe.
"These individuals displayed some of the finest examples of how emergency communications personnel pull together during a time of crisis and perform some of the most complex and stressful tasks under some of the most trying conditions imaginable," Charlie said.
Other awards given included:
- Communications Officer Preston Main was recognized for receiving the highest number of peer recognition cards during the past year;
- Communications Officer Casey Barnette was selected as the Communications Training Officer of the Year for 2010;
- Senior Supervisor Stacey Adams was recognized as the Supervisor of the Year for 2010.
Recognized for years of service were:
- Stuart Baughan for 20 years of service;
- Clay Barret and Corina Nuckols (15 years);
- Diane Branch, Julie Cooper, Tiffany Dowdy, Kimberly Martin, Bruce Moore and Megan Nixon (5 years).
The Department also recognized Communications Officers Casey Barnett and Jillian Thomas for their outstanding performance utilizing the department's automated Emergency Medical Dispatch Protocols and having the highest annual EMD (Emergency Medical Dispatch) scores.
Hanover Emergency Communications Members Honored - Spring 2010
In an awards ceremony held on April 16, 2009 at the New Emergency Communications Center the Honorable Mr. John Gordon, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors read and presented the Communications Department with a Proclamation honoring them for their dedication, service and sacrifice during National Telecommunicator's Week and establishing the second week in April as Hanover County Emergency Communications Officer Week. Mr. Gordon praised all Hanover County emergency communications personnel for their service, noting the stress and demands placed on them each and every day, along with the great job they do.
The ceremony honored certain Communications members for their outstanding dedication and work during 2008. Amanda Parrish was recognized as Hanover County Emergency Communications Officer of the Year for 2008. Parrish is a graduate of Caroline High School and has been a member of Emergency Communications since January 2004. Parrish’s selection was made from nominations made by her co-workers because of her outstanding dedication, professionalism and leadership ability.
In addition, the ceremony honored several communications officers for their team performance during a Critical Incident involving multiple brush fires that occurred last year during February 2008. Those recognized were Communications Officer’s Daniel Spouse, Becky Newcomb, Keith Lane, Janie Combs, Sherrethia Lowe, Kim Martin, Bruce Moore, Patrick Boyle, Lisa Cash, Diane Branch, Kim Edmundson-Joseph, Stacey Lantz, Amanda Shelton and Supervisors Dawn Drewry, Carole Starcher, Arlene Sharpe, Corina Nuckols, and Jude Dawson. Also Officer Daniel Sprouse was recognized for his individual performance while handling this incident. Communications Officer Kendal Currie was recognized for receiving the highest number of peer recognition cards during the past year and Communications Officer Amanda Parrish was selected for the second year in a row as the Communications Training Officer of the Year. Shift Supervisor Jude Dawson was selected as the emergency communications Supervisor of the Year for 2008 and Officers Carole Starcher for 25 years of service, Dawn Drewry and Kim Kinker for 10 years of service, Amanda Parrish, Price Dunn and Pam Horton for 5 years of service.
The department also recognized Communications Officer Amanda Parrish for her outstanding performance utilizing the department’s automated emergency medical dispatch Protcols with having the highest annual EMD Score.
Kimberly Martin Nominated for Telecommunicator Of The Year Award
Hanover County Emergency Communications nominates Communications
Officer Kimberly D. Martin for Telecommunicator of the Year for
2007. Officer Martin’s professionalism, loyalty, personal dedication
to duty and love of the emergency communication profession reflect
great credit upon herself, emergency communications and Hanover
County - and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the
public safety emergency communications profession.
Click to read the award nomination submitted to the Virginia