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Colin Chinery, Story County Sheriffs Office Dispatch,  Nevada, IA
I strongly believe the 2016 Dispatcher of the year award should go to Colin Chinery. Colin started his career many moons ago out of state. He migrated east to the central plains and continued his career here in the Heart of Iowa. Colin has served in all rolls of public safety from being a reserve deputy, to being an active EMT (volunteer and paid) within his community. Colin brings a plethora of knowledge to the public safety world with his experience. Colin has saved many lives without physically being there. His calm voice and expertise in stressful situations has shown to provide a positive outcome for the patients and family members experiencing a medical emergency. Colin has successfully made bad, stressful situations better more times than one can count. Colin has shown to be very proficient with the county layout, you feel as if some days he may have drawn the map and named the streets himself. Colin is my personal GPS when I am unable to connect the dots as to where we are going. Some might find it a little scary when he comes across the radio and says “you missed your turn, go this way” even when there is no GPS or some sort of tracking device in the ambulance. Colin has been the calm clear voice we have heard far too many times calling end of watch. The strength, composure, and clarity that Colin dispatches with helps keep responders calm and clear headed when responding to emergencies. Colin is also that “Good morning” voice on the radio welcoming you to another day of service when he dispatches you on the first run of the day. Colin is also very aware of everything going on in the dispatch center making sure that he always knows what his partner is doing and even dispatching an ambulance to critical time sensitive calls before his partner has finished taking down the information. Colin Chinery should win dispatcher of the year award because not only is a rock for Story County EMS, Fire and Sheriff’s departments but he is also a great friend.

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