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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, April 16, 2010

Big Isle police honor dispatchers


Advertiser Staff

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Front, left to right, dispatchers Nashly Leslie-Derego and Ursula Milare-Sambrana and Lt. Aimee Wana. Rear, left to right, Deputy Chief Paul Ferreira, dispatch clerk Jennifer Kaaihue, Sgt. Travis Ing, supervising dispatcher Miriam Kanaeholo, Sgt. Kelley Matsumoto, dispatchers Daylynn Kyles, Roydon Kobayashi and Keven Lee, and Majs. Paul Kealoha and Larry Weber.

Hawaii County Police photo

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Hawaii County police dispatchers were recognized Tuesday in honor of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.

At a luncheon, Deputy Chief Paul Ferreira thanked the dispatchers and presented "Dispatcher of the Quarter" certificates for 2009 to:

Keven Lee, for his handling and coordinating of calls during heavy flooding in the Kohala area on Feb. 11.

Loralee Haskell, for consistent and reliable work, her willingness to help co-workers and her pleasant disposition.

Ursula Milare-Sambrana, for her handling of a rape call that helped lead to the arrest of a suspect.

Sabrina Hartz, for her work at the Puna console during a standoff with an armed and barricaded suspect on Dec. 16.

The Big Island's dispatch center screens all 911 calls, which average 10,000 a month. Of those, 85 percent are intended for police and 15 percent for the fire department.