Written by thillman
Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:55 PM
The Ohio County Commissioners have proclaimed April 13 through 19 as Natinal Telecommunications Week in Ohio County. Along
with Glen Potts, Ohio County 911 Director, they would like to recognize the Ohio County 911 Dispatchers for an outstanding
job they do on a daily basis. This job is more than answering telephones and talking on the radio.
Dispatchers are the unsung heroes of public
safety. People see on the news or read in the paper the actions done by
fire department and EMT's, but dispatchers are the ones that
receive the initial contact from the public. If you happen to
see any of your dispatchers out during this telecommunication
week, stop them and tell them thanks for a job well done, they
would appreciate it. The following are the Ohio County 911
Sandy Kinser, Regina White, Nikki Curry, Matt McKinley, Laura Walston, Kris Heitmeyer, Michelle Donnell, Kristy Browning,
and Christy Cyrus.
The following is a letter from Tom Wagoner of the Loveland Colorado Police Department regarding dispatchers.
Someone once asked me if I thought that
answering telephones for a living was a profession. I said I thought it
was a calling—and
so is dispatching.
I have found in my law enforcement career that
dispatchers are the unsung heroes of public safety. They miss the
of riding in a speeding car with lights flashing and sirens
wailing. They can only hear of the bright orange flames leaping
from a burning building. They do not get to see the joy on the
face of worried parents as they see their child begin breathing
on its own, after it has been given CPR. Dispatchers sit in
darkened rooms looking at computer screens and talking to voices
from faces they never see. It's like reading a lot of books, but
only half of each one.
Dispatchers connect the anxious conversations of terrified victims, angry informants, suicidal citizens and grouchy officers
(this was in the letter, not added by me ha-ha). They are the calming influence of all of them—the quiet, competent voices
in the night that provide the pillars for the bridges of sanity and safety.
They are expected to gather information from
highly agitated people who can't remember where they are, live, what
is, or what they just saw. And then they are to calmly provide all
that information to officers, fire fighters or paramedics
without error— the first time, and every time.
Dispatchers are expected to be able to do five
things at once-and do them all well. While questioning a frantic
must type the information into a computer, tip off another
dispatcher, put another caller on hold, and listen to an officer
run a plate for a parking problem. To miss the plate numbers is to
raise the officer's ire; to miss the caller information
may be to endanger the same officer's life. But the officer will
never understand that.
Dispatchers have two constant companions,
other dispatchers and stress. They depend on the one, and try to ignore
They are chastened by upset callers, taken for granted by the
public, and criticized by officers. The rewards they get are
inexpensive and infrequent, except for the satisfaction they feel
at the end of a shift, having done what they were expected
Dispatchers come in all shapes and sizes, all
races, both sexes, and all ages. They are blondes, and brunettes, and
They are quiet or outgoing, single or married, plain, beautiful,
or handsome. No two are alike, yet they are all the same.
They are people who were selected in a difficult hiring process to
do an impossible job, they are as different as snowflakes,
but they have one thing in common. They care about people and they
enjoy being a lifeline of society—that steady voice in
a storm—the one who knows how to handle every emergency and does
it with style and grace, and uncompromised competence.
Dispatchers play many roles: therapist, answer
man, doctor, lawyer, teacher, weatherman, guidance counselor,
priest, secretary, supervisor, politician, and reporter. And few
people must jump through emotional hoops on the trip through
the joy of one caller's birthday party, to the fear of another
caller's burglary in progress, to the anger of a neighbor blocked
in their driveway, and back to the birthday caller's, all in a two
minute time frame. The emotional roller-coaster rolls to
a stop after an 8 or 10 hour shift, and they are expected to walk
down to their car with the steady feet and no queasiness
in their stomach-because they are dispatchers.
If they hold it in, they are too closed. If they talk about it, they're a whiner. If it bothers them, it adds more stress.
If it doesn't, they question themselves, wondering why.
Dispatchers are expected to have the
compassion of mother Theresa; the wisdom of Solomon; the interviewing
skills of Oprah;
the gentleness of Florence Nightingale; the patience of Job; the
voice of Barbara Streisand; the knowledge of Einstein; the
answers of Ann Landers; the people skills of Andy Taylor; the
humor of David Letterman; the investigative skills of Sgt. Joe
Friday; the looks of Melanie Griffith or Don Johnson; the faith of
Billy Graham; the energy of Charro; and the endurance of
the energizer bunny.
Is it any wonder that many drop out during training?
It is a unique and talented person who can do this job and do it well.
And it is fitting and proper that we take a few minutes or hours this week to honor you
for the job that each of you do. That recognition is overdue, and it is insufficient But it
I have tried to do your job and I have failed.
It takes a special person with unique skills. I admire you and I thank you for the thankless job you do.
You are heroes.....And I am proud to work with you.
Written by thillman
Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:41 PM
April 9, 1964
50 years ago
Births – a girl was born March 30 to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Carpenter; a boy was born March 31 to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McCann; a boy
was born to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Pavy March 31; a boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. John Miller on April 1; a girl was born to
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Lamkin April 2.
Mrs. Margie Adams, Mrs. Mary Colen, Peggy and
Dougie Colen, Mrs. Amy Keith and Mrs. Nyla Roeder attended the Paul
Wednesday morning. They presented Paul, on behalf of Rising Sun,
with a Sesqui plate, wooden nickels, top hat and “chicken
button”. Little Dougie received the cake of the day for his
performance, and Mrs. Roeder and Mrs. Colen received perfume for
modeling dresses over 80 years old.
April 9, 1959
Members of the Shiloh Baptist church here attended a community sing at The Old Fashioned Baptist Church, Cincinnati, Sunday,
and sang several selections. The group included Mesdames George Williams, Clinton Minor, John Roseberry, L. D. Daniels and
– to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hancock, a daughter, Ann Marie, April 4; to
Mr. and Mrs. Abe Griffin, daughter, Linda Kay, March
30; to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Ballard, a daughter, Kathy Lynn, April
3; to Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Iceberg (Janet Nolker) a daughter,
Cynthia Ann, March 29; to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Kinnett, a son,
Michael Dennis, April 4.
April 8, 1954
Rev. F.B. Taylor of the Rising Sun Baptist Church has announced that, after five years of planning and working, the imposing
new church edifice at Fourth and Mulberry streets, will be dedicated and the mortgage burned Easter Sunday, April 18.Â
April 6, 1944
Thirty-one members of the Senior Class of Rising Sun High School, of who six already are in military service, will receive
diplomas at commencement exercises to be held May 4.Â
Robert S. Daniels and John W. Hartford, who are members of the Senior Class of Rising Sun High School, have been awarded the
two Ohio County scholarships at Indiana University.
Mr. and Mrs. Andy Titkemeyer learned this week of the promotion of their son, Charles (the Flying Dutchman) Titkemeyer, to
the rank of captain from first lieutenant.
April 4, 1924
Val Hillis will move his restaurant from the Scranton building to the room in the I.O.O.F. building formerly occupied by the
York Variety Store.
Written by thillman
Thursday, April 03, 2014 10:44 AM
April 2, 1964
50 years ago
Due to the additional number of residents desiring to be on the Aberdeen-Pate Water system, branch of the Patriot water system,
amendments by the Farm and Home Administration have been added to the original survey.
Six young people took the Rite of Confirmation
and became members of the United Church of Christ Palm Sunday. They are
Webb, Cindy Housemeyer, Pam Chapman, Roger Neaman, Gary Siekman,
and Gerald Obertate. These youngsters have finished an intensive
two year study of the Bible under the guidance of Rev. Ned A.
The Senior Class of Rising Sun High School will present a three act farce, “Take Your Medicine,” April 10. Thirteen girls
and five boys will combine to portray the staff and visitors at a city hospital.
Ohio County Superintendent of Schools J. O.
Smith stated this week that he had talked with the Switzerland County
of Schools Verne Hooker, about whether it was possible for Pike
township elementary students to be transferred to a Switzerland
County School. School officials told Mr. Smith that the students
would be welcome at Pleasant School if it was decided by
the Ohio County School Board to transfer the pupils. Due to a
state law Freedom school in Pike Township is no longer acceptable.
The issue now is whether to transfer the students to Switzerland
County, bring them to Cass-Union school and cause over-crowded
conditions or to build on to Cass-Union school to make room for
The 1964 track season will begin at Rising Sun
High School Friday when the local team will compete against
Dillsboro at Rising Sun. In 1963 the Shiner track squad
established new school records in the shot put by Leslie VanTyle at
45’4”; the 880 yard run by Bob Palmer with a time of 2:11.8; the
180 yard low hurdles by Kenny Kirkpatrick at 22.4; and the
mile relay of Doug Romans, Kenny Kirkpatrick, Bob Palmer and Terry
Elbright with a 3:50.2 mark.
A Greendale patrolman turned out to be a skin
diver, and aided in rescuing a stolen car from the lower reaches of
Creek. Kenneth Grieves, who joined the Greendale force the first
of this year, went into the water and hooked cables on the
car, and Lawrenceburg police forces pulled the car out of more
than seven feet of water.
Sesqui news: It has been decided definitely to produce the play “Blue Jeans” instead of the usual pageant. Members of the Board felt that
this would be a unique feature of the celebration – a play written by a Rising Sun native, with setting in Rising Sun.
Sesqui news: Men are entering into the Brothers of the Brush, and the women into the Sunny Maids groups. Both charters and memberships
in these groups are selling well.
All money realized from the sale of souvenirs,
after the cost is paid, will go toward the expenses of the Sesqui,
be considerable. Prizes, bands, entertainment and other expenses
will be heavy. Expense of advance preparation will include
telephone, postage, trips, etc. The intent of the Board is to make
enough profit to offset expenses, so that the Sesqui bonds
can be redeemed at the end of the celebration. If any excess
profit is realized, it will be spent for some civic project.
An accounting of the souvenir license tags shows that they were almost all sold. They sell for $1.50.
Wooden nickels were sold to stores last week,
and will be “legal tender” in the community from now until Sesqui week.
they can be redeemed for money, if the holder desires. Many people
say they are planning to keep some of the nickels as souvenirs
of the event.
Men’s souvenirs on order and expected to arrive soon are bow ties in five colors, top hats and derbies. Also on order are
ceramic ash trays, which will make nice souvenirs at a cost lower than that of the plates.
Sunny Maids buttons for children may be purchased for 50 cents, if the mothers are holders of Sunny Maid cards themselves.
Many families are planning to make old-fashioned costumes for the children as well as to wear them themselves.
Cosmetic permits are the memberships and buttons to be sold to people who do not want to wear old fashioned dress.
“Chicken” permits for men who do not grow whiskers will be a necessity from April 1. During April, they will sell for $1,
during May for $2, and during June and July for $3.
Written by thillman
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 9:30 AM
March 26, 1964
50 years ago
Â Churches in the community are combining to have Good Friday services tomorrow at the Presbyterian Church.Â
The Indiana State Highway Commission has
approved an agreement with the consulting engineering firm of Vogt,
Ivers and Associates,
Cincinnati, for preliminary design plans for Interstate 275 to
Dearborn County. This 2.05-mile expressway will be the Indiana
portion of the Cincinnati Belt Route.Â
The Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ was the
March 7 setting of the lovely candlelight service uniting in marriage
Louise Potter and Mr. Wayne Louis Stahl. The double ring vows were
read by Rev. Harold Fogle, former pastor of the Pleasant
Ridge Church. The church was decorated with large baskets of white
gladioli and pink carnations, palms and white bows. Mrs.
Judy Barnett served as matron of honor and Steve Koons, cousin of
the groom, served as best man.Â
Zip Code is “absolutely essential” to modern
postal service “and we could not possibly do without it,” Postmaster
John A. Gronouski said. “Scrapping the zip code program, he said,
“Is about as silly an idea as going back to the Pony Express.”
Sandy Williams played a piano selection and Mr. and Mrs. Edward McKinley, children and grandchildren sang three hymns at the
Cass-Union PTA meeting.Â
The fourth grading period has several A Honor
roll students: Mike Cochran, Bobby Raker, Karen Brown Sharon Brown,
Linda Cutter, Sharon Hall, Norbert Cappel and Gary Green.Â
Army Pvt. Michael F. Gurley completed eight weeks of advanced combat training at Fort Hood, Texas.
From the Sesquicentennial
Rising Sun and Ohio County Sesquicentennial event started off with a
“bang” at the Lions Club’s July 4th celebration Saturday
night at the school ball park when Mr. and Mrs. Rex Noble were
crowned King and Queen of the festivities.
Judge Lester G. Baker, of the Dearborn-Ohio Circuit Court, after presenting the crowns to the distinguished couple, made an
interesting and timely speech complimenting the residents of Ohio County for their progress during the past 150 years and
for their spirit and program for their celebration.Â
Preceding Judge Baker’s talk, David Bailey, Sesqui President, presented plaques of merit to Virgil Hewitt, designer of the
official Sesqui seal, and also to Earl “Red” Kinnett, designer of the souvenir plate.Â
Sunday, the official first day of the event, ceremonies began with raising of the American flag and the Sesqui flag at the
City Building. The churches were all well attended with the majority of the people attired in old-fashioned costumes.Â
Approximately 4,000 persons turned out for the
Water Show at the river bank Sunday afternoon and the day was closed
outstanding crowd attending the impressive Vesper Services at the
high school auditorium. Dr. Charles F. Murphy, of the Walnut
Hills-Avondale Methodist Church, Cincinnati, gave an outstanding
talk, and the community choir, under the direction of Rev.
F. B. Taylor, was superb. The Band Concert under the direction of
Morgan Drescher, at the high school auditorium Monday night
was well attended as was the ice cream social on Main Street.Â
The young citizens turned out Tuesday
afternoon for the Pet Parade and to see Uncle Al of WCPO-TV, Cincinnati.
winners for the pet parade were: Jerry and Jimmy Young, Karen
Howlett, Hank Gossom, Sherril Ernstine, Janet Hayes, and Sandy
Carrigan. Judges for the event were Dr. I. H. Pate, Charles Bakes,
and Eddie Weisickle.Â
Thirty young talent stars participated on stage at the high school auditorium Tuesday night for the Harris Rosedale Talent
Show, sponsored by Pepsi-Cola Distributors of Lawrenceburg.