Council recognizes dispatchers

LIHU‘E — The Kaua‘i County Council on Wednesday recognized Kaua‘i Police Department dispatchers and the county’s public safety telecommunications personnel as part of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week under way through Saturday.

“The greatest satisfaction is when you hear the baby cry when you’re helping to deliver the baby,” said Kaua‘i Police Department Col. Kathleen Langtad, a 30-year veteran in the public safety telecommunications field.

Councilman Mel Rapozo called dispatchers the “unsung heroes” of the police department.

He presented Langtad with a County Council certificate for dispatches  commending “the dedication of the men and women whose diligence and proficiency play an important role in the lives of our community.”

“I know it takes a special person to do that job,” Councilman KipuKai Kuali‘i said.

Kuali‘i’s words were echoed by many of his colleagues.

Police Chief Darryl Perry, who said in the 1980s he had to fill in as a dispatcher for a day and got to experience the stress, also praised dispatchers.

• Léo Azambuja, staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 252) or lazambuja@ thegardenisland.com.

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