Public Safety Telecommunications Week celebrated in North Platte

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (Nebraska) – National Public Safety Telecommunications Week is celebrated every year on the second week of April, honoring public safety telecommunications for their efforts, service and sacrifice.

National Telecommunications Week for Public Safety began in California in 1981. In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed a memorial week declaration as a time to celebrate and thank telecommunications personnel across the nation.

This week, Mayor Brandon Kelliher proclaimed the week as Telecom Week in the City of North Platte. “In honor of the men and women whose diligence and professionalism keep our city and citizens safe and urge all citizens to participate in making this week a successful celebration,” Mayor Kelliher said.

Individuals are honored to serve communities, citizens and public safety personnel 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Often meeting people at their worst in tragic, scary, horrific situations. “We are dealing with people who are waking up to a loved one who has a medical condition or has passed away, and we are the first line. We have to have compassion and many times we get no follow up. We obsess over some of these calls, we worry about everyone who calls, and we even know some of the callers,” said Kellie Lane, a 14-year veteran of the North Platte 911 Center.

North Platte City Telecommunications not only dispatches law enforcement, 911 and fire crews, but also serves rural agencies in the region, including the village of Gothenburg.

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