This week is National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week across America, and a chance to say thank you to all the men and women who staff the Lee County 9-1-1 center day and night. Lee County Sheriff Gary Parsons says they're the unsung heroes of emergency services.
The Lee County Emergency Communications District supplies Enhanced 9-1-1 and public safety dispatch services to the 25,000+ residents of Lee County, covering 437 square miles. Lee County is the westernmost county in Virginia, bordered on the south by Tennessee and on the north and west by Kentucky.
Lee County E-911 is a consolidated Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) and Dispatch Center. We are responsible for answering all 911 calls in Lee County, and dispatching the Jonesville and Pennington Gap Police Departments, as well as the Lee County Sheriff’s Department and the Virginia State Police, the Thomas Walker, Jonesville, Pennington Gap, St. Charles, Keokee, Stickleyville, Dryden, Blackwater, and Jasper Volunteer Fire Departments, also the Thomas Walker, Jonesville, Pennington Gap, St. Charles, and Keokee Rescue Squads, the Friendship Ambulance Service, and the Animal-Warden, Game-Warden, the Forestry Department, as well as VDOT on certain occasions.