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"Denise Amber Lee Day" proclaimed in Obion County, Tennessee
The Obion Co. Mayor, Benny McGuire, dropped by to present Nathan Lee with a surprise proclamation declaring April 14th Denise Amber Lee Day
The training team of Geoff Weiss, dispatching supervisor of the San Diego County Sheriffs Office, and Nathan Lee, President of the Denise Amber Lee Foundation were honored at a recent 9-1-1 training presentation in Union City, TN. The Denise Amber Lee Foundation has been conducting a very powerful, well received training day for 9-1-1 personnel across the country. April 14th found them in front of dozens of regional 9-1-1 employees in Obion County, TN.
The impact of these presentations was noticed by Mayor Benny McGuire and the local government employees of Obion County, Tennessee. The Mayor paid a visit to the presentation at the Union City, TN Library and presented the proclamation to Denise Lee’s widower.
“This is one of the most amazing things that has happened since Denise has died...so humbling,” says Denise Amber Lee Foundation President, Nathan Lee.
Photo, above right: Geoff Weiss, San Diego Sheriffs Dept., Nathan Lee, President of the Denise Amber Lee Foundation, Mayor Benny McGuire of Obion County Tennessee.
Attendee, Crystal Gray said; “That was so humbling to see! I was in your class that day and teared up myself when you were presented with that. I applaud you and have the deepest respect for what you are doing to help us become the best dispatchers we can be. I'm brand new at this job, only a month into my training, but words cannot describe how much of an impact your story had on me and it will never leave my heart. I will think of you and your beautiful wife every time I set down in my dispatch area and put my headset on.”
About the Denise Amber Lee Foundation
The mission of the Denise Amber Lee Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, is to promote and support public safety through uniform training, standardized protocols, defined measurable outcomes, and technological advances in the 9-1-1 system. Established in June 2008, in response to the murder of Denise Amber Lee, the foundation seeks to use the emotional power of this senseless tragedy to promote and encourage the use of technology, training, and procedures to reduce the occurrences of human error. The foundation is determined to channel and focus the public outrage of these tragic events to drive rapid change to public policy and procedures. For more information, please visit www.deniseamberlee.org.
About the Training Presentation; “A Victim’s Plea, Meeting Expectations”
Nathan Lee, founder and President of the Denise Amber Lee Foundation presents this highly motivational training session designed for all levels of public safety personnel. Whether it is "true first responders" the dispatchers in the PSAP, field units, dispatch supervisors, managers, directors, sergeants, patrol lieutenants, or all levels of brass up to and including Chiefs and Sheriffs, the story of the day Nathan's wife, Denise Amber Lee was abducted, raped and murdered is a career message for all. The preventable death of his wife in Florida in 2008 has garnered national attention on the need for a consistently trained and certified 9-1-1 workforce. His wife's story has been featured on Dateline NBC, ABC's Primetime, CNN, Dr. Phil and numerous other national venues. The unbelievable amount of opportunities and corresponding failures to save her are discussed and analyzed in this open dialogue classroom session. Co-Instructor Geoff Weiss of the San Diego County Sheriff s Department, a tenured Dispatch Supervisor, ties together the elements of the tragic events while breaking down the obvious failures to the more in depth concepts such as leadership, hiring, training and encouraging employees in a communications center. This motivational class takes students on an emotional rollercoaster ending with a powerful message. Attendees leave feeling inspired with a renewed drive to support the mission statement.
- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com (Denise Amber Lee Foundation, 4/12/15)