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Voters help Decatur 911 dispatcher earn regional award

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Voters help Decatur 911 dispatcher earn regional award

Jeremy Pickett. Photo provided by the city of Decatur
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Jeremy Pickett. Photo provided by the city of Decatur

Jeremy Pickett. Photo provided by the city of Decatur

Decatur 911 dispatcher Jeremy Pickett is the southeast regional winner of the Smart Telecommunicator  Awards.

The city of Decatur asked for residents to vote for Pickett this year.

Pickett’s love of his work shows. The Decatur Fire Department nominated him for a Smart Telecommunicator Awards, an honor bestowed by the Smart911 service the city uses.

“I know it sounds cliché,” he told Decaturish. “I love helping people. Some calls, they can be an annoyance call of a neighbor’s car alarm going off. It ranges all the way to helping someone after a very dark time, like the death of a loved one or a baby choking.”

Smart911 has donated $500 to a charity picked by each winner. Pickett said he wants his donation to go to the Wounded Warrior Project.

“That’s good we can give back, because we’re going to see more of it as we struggle as a nation to do right by our veterans,” he said.

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