When a house fire is extinguished or an ailing patient is transported to a hospital, it's easy to thank those putting out the flames or driving the ambulance.
All too often, however, the unseen members of the public safety and law enforcement community go unrecognized and unappreciated.
Dispatchers from city, county, state and federal agencies in the Imperial Valley, as well as dispatchers for emergency services in Mexicali, were honored at the third annual dispatcher appreciation luncheon Tuesday at the El Centro Police Athletic League's building.
"Too often these professionals perform duties without recognition from those who benefit," said Sandra Lopez, the California Highway Patrol El Centro area communications supervisor and one of the organizers of the luncheon.
The Imperial County Board of Supervisors passed and adopted a resolution April 3 designating April 8-14 as National Telecommunications Week.
The resolution, read to the luncheon audience by El Centro Mayor Cheryl Walker, indicates the board's recognition of emergency communications operator's "achievements and professionalism."