The WPPA recognized Oneida County Dispatcher Kelly Kiewert at the Annual Convention in May for the role she played in resolving the two Oneida County incidents, for which service awards were presented to four Oneida County deputies.
President David Mahoney, in his recognition of Kiewert at the Awards Banquet on Sunday, May 21, said:
In addition to presenting the annual Service Awards this year, the WPPA would like to recognize one member among a group of members who we often forget. Tonight we will hear many stories of bravery and courage in the face of danger, but each of the officers who will be recognized tonight depended on the skills, dedication, and care of their dispatchers. Just as God created Police Officers so Firemen would have “Heroes,” God created Dispatchers so Cops would have guardian angels to guide and watch over them.
Oftentimes, we overlook the people who are the first to respond when the call for help comes in. Our dispatchers are often the first on the scene, so to speak, and we depend on them to dispatch correct information and guide our officers into situations that are extremely stressful and dangerous.
This evening we recognize all dispatchers for their dedication and selfless actions. Especially, we recognize Oneida County Dispatcher Kelly Kiewert for the professional and caring manner in which she performed her job on February 12 and March 18, 2005.