Submitted by Elizabeth Wroughton

On Friday, March 22rd, members of the Grandmont Rosedale Crime Prevention Task Force delivered a beautiful buffet for the 9-1-1 Call-center dispatchers. As the volunteers were arranging the donated food in a break room area of the Call-center, the employees slowly began to trickle in. They were truly surprised and touched by this gesture from the Grandmont Rosedale Community. One employee said that it was the first time she had seen the community acknowledge her efforts.

The idea for the thank-you buffet came from Task Force members who had took a tour of the call-center back in early February, and were impressed with dedication of the employees. “We saw first-hand how the 9-1-1 system works and the pressure the dispatchers are under,” said Karen Moore, GRDC’s Community Security Manager.  “We just wanted to show our appreciation.” The purpose of the tour was to demonstrate to residents how emergency systems function behind the scenes. It was a follow-up from the “Make the Right Call” Workshop, which addressed for calling 9-1-1 in the case of emergency.

The Crime Prevention Task Force hopes to make this an annual occasion to demonstrate the community’s gratitude to 9-1-1! Thanks to all of you who offered donations and made this event a success!