Hamilton County 911 Center honored for efforts during “Dispatch Event of the Year”

Second and third shift receives award for coordination during the shooting between teenagers in downtown Chattanooga on May 28th

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – The telecommunicators at the Hamilton County 911 Emergency Communications District were honored for their efforts during a shooting downtown in late May.

The Tennessee Emergency Numbers Association honored the second and third shift workers for handling the shooting between teenagers on May 28th, calling it the “Dispatch Event of the Year.”

The operators received a flood of calls, and they had to deal with requests for medical assistance for victims, two separate chases on foot, and coordination between several agencies.

This honor is the third for Hamilton County, and the director of operations for the unit, Jeff Carney, says he has a great group of people.

“The people here, the employees have a really good track record of responding to those large-scale incidents, and the day-to-day incidents, too, with a great deal of care and professionalism. They’ve been recognized often, and we’re very, very proud of them.”>

The first time Hamilton County was recognized for this award was during the Fallen Five shooting incident.

The second was in 2017, during the Woodmore bus accident.

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