Third Annual Fall Promotions and Awards Ceremony, Nov. 18, 2010

Fairfax County 9-1-1

The Fairfax County Department of Public Safety Communications (9-1-1 Center) Recognizes Employees at its Third Annual Fall First of the First Responders Awards Ceremony

On Thursday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m., the Fairfax County Department of Public Safety Communications (DPSC) recognized its employees for their exceptional performance, professionalism and commitment to the residents of Fairfax County and the Police and Fire and Rescue Departments. In addition, employees were recognized for achieving a years of service milestone as well as promotions that occurred since April of this year. The ceremony was held at the McConnell Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center (MPSTOC).

The event was hosted by the DPSC Awards Committee with a special homemade dinner prior to the announcing of the awards. The dinner was prepared by DPSC’s own Public Safety Communicator (PSC) III Debbie Reubens and PSC II Linda Quesenberry. PSC III Dylan Harris was the Master of Ceremony and the event began with the DPSC Honor Guard’s presentation of the colors and Assistant Supervisor Sherrie White singing the National Anthem. Director Steve Souder, Assistant Director of 9-1-1/Dispatch Operations Bureau Cynthia Bird-Shrout and Assistant Director of Support Services Bureau Roy Oliver presented the awards to each employee.

Notable award winners included

  • PSC III Carolyn Kellam taking home the Most Valuable Person (MVP) and Meritorious Service Awards.
  • PSC I Kaitlyn Knoll receiving the Outstanding Emergency Medical Dispatch Provider and Meritorious Act Award.
  • PSC III Liza Nicholas, PSC II Kim Austin, PSC I Jaime Keith and PSC I Matthew Rendulic receiving the Outstanding EMD Provider Award for their respective squads.
  • PSC III Scott Pierpoint as the Outstanding EMD Instructor.
  • Telephony Systems Manager Brenda Edmundson and PSC III Gary Branton (retired) received the Director’s Award.
  • PSC II Erikk Daniel as the second recipient of the Johnny Embrey Police Dispatch Award.
  • PSC III Robin Pierpoint as the second recipient of the Wesley Gerald Fire Dispatch Award.

DPSC receives over 1 million calls for service each year and dispatches approximately 1 million police, fireand rescue and sheriff events annually. DPSC is the largest public safety answering point (PSAP) in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of the ten largest in the nation.

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Recognition of Years of Service

5  Years of Service:
Director Steve Souder
PSC II Steve Landry, Quality Assurance Section
Assistant Supervisor Jessica Daza, A Days
PSC II Maronda Lockhart, B Nights
PSC III Kathy Carroll, B Days
PSC II Marijo Mulcahy, A Nights
PSC III Sarah Thomas, B Days
PSC II Linda Quesenberry, B Nights
PSC III Tracy Clark, A Nights
PSC II Jennifer Rothwell, A Nights
PSC II Marc Bielawski, B Nights

10 Years of Service:
Assistant Supervisor Lorraine Fells-Danzer, A Days
PSC III Dylan Harris, A Nights
Assistant Supervisor Sherrie White
PSC II Nancy Chappell, B Days
PSC III Christina Harris, A Nights

15 Years of Service:
PSC III Kirk Frederick, A Days

20 Years of Service:
Assistant Director Roy Oliver
Assistant Supervisor Wrentree Kelly-King, A Nights
Assistant Supervisor Sue Farria, A Nights
Assistant Supervisor Cindy Roatch, B Days

25 Years of Service:
Supervisor Helen Mihelarakis, B Nights
Assistant Supervisor Lauren Fallen, B Nights
Assistant Supervisor Pam Atchison, B Days
PSC III Michelle Anderson, A Nights

Recognition of Promotions

Lead Supervisor
Joe LoPreto, B Nights

Jon Ronan, to Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) Administrator

Jenny Owens, A Days
Liza Nicholas, B Nights
Gretchen Berg, A Nights
Maile Brehm, A Nights
Jaime Sundby, A Nights
Adrienne Perry, A Days

Na Tasha Neely, A Days
DiTaylor Edmonson, A Nights
Carolina Cornejo, A Days
Theressa Ruckstuhl, B Days
Krystal Treadwell, A Days
Dashawn Sykes, A Days
Charles Barnes, A Days
Charles Wells, B Nights
Brittany Edmonds, B Nights
Alice Stuber, B Days
Tawnya Paci, B Nights
Aiyah Elrashidi, B Nights
Jonate Williams-Robinson, A Nights

Outstanding Emergency Medical Dispatch Providers
A Days: PSC I Kaitlyn Knoll
B Days: PSC I Matthew Rendulic
B Nights: PSC III Liza Nicholas, PSC II Kim Austin, PSC I Jaime Keith

Outstanding Emergency Medical Dispatch Instructor
PSC III Scott Pierpoint, B Days
Honorable Mentions: Assistant Supervisor Sue Farria, PSC III Bev Jackson, PSC II Jenn Rothwell

DPSC Most Valuable Person
PSC III Carolyn Kellam, A Days
Honorable Mentions: Assistant Supervisor Cindy Roatch, Assistant Supervisor Joe LoPreto, Assistant Supervisor John Korman, Assistant Supervisor Lauren Fallen, Assistant Supervisor Chris Dang, PSC III Karen Hamel, PSC III Bev Jackson, PSC III Liza Nicholas, PSC III Robin Pierpoint, PSC III Scott Pierpoint, Administrative Assistant III Shanica Taylor

Meritorious Service Award
PSC III Carolyn Kellam, A Days
Honorable Mentions: Assistant Supervisor Cindy Roatch, Assistant Supervisor Sherrie White

Meritorious Action Award
PSC I Kaitlyn Knoll, A Days
Honorable Mentions: B Days Team, MDA Squad/Division Coordinators, PSC III Christie Sosna

Director's Commendation
Brenda Edmundson, Telephony Systems Manager
PSC III Gary Branton (retired)

Johnny Embrey Police Dispatch Award
PSC II Erikk Daniel, B Nights
Honorable Mentions: PSC III Michelle Anderson, PSC III Candy Arthur, PSC III Jaime Sundby, PSC II Jim Heflin

Wesley Gerald Fire Dispatch Award
PSC III Robin Pierpoint, B Nights
Honorable Mention: PSC III Sue Malone 

Program Highlights

Introduction: PSC III Dylan Harris

Presentation of colors: Fairfax County Department of Public Safety Communications Honor Guard

National Anthem: Assistant Supervisor Sherrie White

Welcome and recognition of guests: Steve Souder, Director

Announcement of awards and promotions: PSC III Dylan Harris

Presentation of awards and certificates:
Steve Souder, Director
Cynthia Bird-Shrout, Assistant Director 9-1-1/Dispatch Operations Bureau
Roy Oliver, Assistant Director Support Services Bureau

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