Dispatchers graduate from academy


Staff Writer

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Nash County Emergency Services on Monday paid tribute to the latest group of graduates from its Emergency Dispatch Academy.

The graduates — Abigail Genaudeau, Spencer Skinner, Wes Bradshaw, Gabriel Sentiff, Bobby Thompson, Chris Manning and Jessica Cobb — were recognized during a graduation ceremony at Nash Emergency Services Station 800 at 444 Parkland Drive. Six of the group hail from the Twin Counties while one calls Wilson County home.

Nash County 911 Director Bryant Fisher offered high praise for the graduates while also thanking Nash Community College for offering the academy curriculum.

“I would like to express how proud I am of you for the work that you put in for this course,” Fisher said. “Being a telecommunicator is not an easy job. You must be able to handle the stress of the job, and I believe you can.”

Training Officer and Program Supervisor Mark Reavis and Deputy Director of Nash County Emergency Services Scott Rogers agreed. Reavis called the new graduates “my heroes,” adding he “couldn’t be any prouder of these telecommunicators.”

Rogers echoed Reavis’ sentiments, stressing that “these people have the hardest job in emergency services. They don’t have the opportunity to see the situation before they size it up.”

While the graduation ceremony was held Monday, Manning said he is already working as a Nash County telecommunicator. He was at a loss for words when asked what it meant to graduate from the academy.

“It’s exciting,” Manning said with a smile.

Thompson helped Manning put the emotion of the moment into words with some humble remarks.

“It feels good to be done,” Thompson said. “I know I’m making a positive difference. I feel like I’ve improved a lot over time, but I know I’ve still got a lot to learn. It just feels good to get this far.”

More information on the next Emergency Dispatch Academy is available online at https://www.nashcc.edu/courses-programs/continuing-education-courses/emergency-medical-services-ems.