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AMR dispatcher receives national recognition
- via WAPT News, Jackson (MI)
A veteran Mississippi dispatcher will be recognized next week as one of the top ambulance professionals in the nation.
Ron Jacobs is among 80 ambulance personnel from 28 states, and the only Mississippian, to receive the Star of Life award this year. The award is presented by the American Ambulance Association and is one of the highest honors for frontline ambulance professionals, said Jim Pollard, a member of AMR's Stars of Life coordinating team.
Stan Alford, AMR’s top manager in central Mississippi, nominated Jacobs, a Rankin County resident, for "inspirational service as a public safety dispatcher in the ambulance field for some 40 years.
"Ron is highly skilled in the technical aspects of his work, but it's his consistently gentle, calm, respectful demeanor that we admire and appreciate most," Alford said. "No matter how stressful the situation, Ron stays cool and resourceful. Every year, for thousands of callers in a panic, he brings order to chaos. Our crews are deeply fond of him and call him, 'Our Uncle Ron.'"
For the past 25 years, Ron Jacobs, 57, has held two fulltime public safety dispatching jobs at American Medical Response and the Clinton Police Department. He retired from the CPD job in 2011.
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- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com (via wapt.com, 3/14/13)