Three Custer County dispatchers were honored by their peers last week, with Communicator of the Year awards.
Larry Cotnoir, Nancy Parliament and Amber Eberle were each given a Communicator of the Year award by the Nebraska Emergency Service Communication Association at their annual conference in Kearney. Each of the dispatchers was selected for the award based on outstanding service during crisis situations.
Cotnoir was recognized for his professionalism during a plane crash in March near the Broken Bow airport which resulted in a fatality, while Eberle received her award for her response to the tragic June 1 school van accident. Parliament, Custer County Communications Supervisor, assisted in both of those incidents which earned her recognition from the association.
Parliament says while it is nice to get a “pat on the back” from your peers, it is a little uncomfortable to receive awards from a tragedy.
“It is nice to be acknowledged for assisting in saving lives,” Parliament added.
Custer County has experienced its share of emergency situations these past few months, and when those emergencies arise it is the dispatchers who are the first line of communication between a victim and response team. Parliament praised her team for their performance in those times of crisis.