APCO Announces 2021 Award Winners
Thursday, May 06, 2021 | Comments

The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International announced the winners of its 2021 Public Safety Communications Awards and Technology Leadership Awards.

The winners will be recognized, along with last year’s winners, during the Opening General Session at APCO's Annual Conference and Expo, taking place August 15-18 in San Antonio, Texas.

The award recipients demonstrated the highest levels of professional conduct and outstanding performance in the line of duty. This year, APCO received 175 nominations from across the country.

The award winners are:
• Director of the Year: Stephan Hooke, Holbrook (Massachusetts) Regional Emergency Communications Center
• Information Technologist of the Year: Kevin Biegert, Jeffcom 9-1-1 in Lakewood, Colorado
• Line Supervisor of the Year: Deranecque Rogers, Memphis (Tennessee) Police Emergency Communications Bureau
• Radio Frequency Technologist of the Year: Steve Morlan, city of Westerville, Ohio
• Telecommunicator of the Year: Kathryn Schmelzer, Southeast Regional Emergency Services Authority (SERESA) in Roseville, Michigan
• Trainer of the Year: Christine Law, Kitsap 9-1-1 in Bremerton, Washington
• Team of the Year: Marion Area Multi-Agency Emergency Telecommunications (METCOM 9-1-1) in Woodburn, Oregon
• Technology Leadership Award for a Large Communications Center: Dekalb County Government E9-1-1 Center in Tucker, Georgia
• Technology Leadership Award for a Small Communications Center: Chula Vista (California) Police Department

"Congratulations to this year's winners and thank you for the hard work you do every day,” said APCO International President Margie Moulin. "It has been an unprecedented year, and we are thrilled to honor this year’s winners for standing strong and serving as heroes to their communities when it was needed most. We are proud of you and all who were nominated this year."

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