We have become accustomed to the assumption that we can call 911 and receive assistance for whatever emergency necessitated the call. Part of this process is, of course, the operator who answers the call and dispatches the police, fire or medical assistance that is needed.
We should take a moment to thank those people for the service they provide. Mansfield City Council did just that as they recognized telecommunicator Suzanne P. Meister at their February 4 meeting.
Meister retired on January 24 after more than thirty-one (31) years of service with the Mansfield Division of Police. She was hired on January 21, 1989 as a Records Clerk in the Records Section. In April 1991, she transferred to the Public Safety Communications Center as a Telecommunicator, what we would commonly call a 911 Operator. During her career, she was recognized on multiple occasions, by both the Division of Police and the Division of Fire for outstanding dispatch during critical incidents in which her work assured the safety of each officer, firefighter and citizen.
The City Council passed a resolution in order to officially recognize Meister, thank her for years of loyal service, and wish her the best in her retirement. We also send our thanks to Meister, and all those who answer the call or come to our aid when emergencies arise.