Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A FIRE DISPATCHER RETIRES ON THE AIR


Elliot Goodman recently retired as a DC fire department dispatcher after 24 years of service. He announced the news over the department radio between emergency calls and his colleagues responded in kind. You can hear the moving exchange here.

(Your editor has a special affection for fire dispatchers is because 51 years ago, as a brand new radio reporter, he was in daily contact with them. A number of volunteer dispatchers would call the station after sending out equipment (we paid a buck for each news tip) and while DC dispatchers like Steve Stevenson wasn't allowed to accept the money, he was always glad to help with needed info.)

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