Murfreesboro Dispatchers Promoted, Lifesavers Award Granted

Three dispatchers promoted and one receives a Lifesavers Award in Murfreesboro.

In a recent announcement by the Murfreesboro Emergency Communications Center (MECC), Director Seth Russell shared news of the promotion of three dedicated employees and the recognition of another with a prestigious Lifesavers Award. The ceremony, held at MPD headquarters on March 22, 2024, celebrated the exceptional commitment and contributions of these individuals to the community and their profession.

Dispatcher Randi Price, alongside colleagues James Smith and Elizabeth Stubblefield, were the employees promoted for their outstanding service and dedication. Price, who joined MECC in January 2016, was promoted to Communications Supervisor in December 2023 after being selected as a Communications Training Officer (CTO) in 2018 and then promoted to Quality Assurance Evaluator in 2021. Smith began his career with MECC in November 2017 and was promoted to Communications Supervisor in September 2023 after being chosen as a CTO. Stubblefield, who started in January 2017, was promoted to Communications Coordinator in October 2023 and has been an instrumental figure, previously serving as a CTO and being recognized as Murfreesboro’s Public Safety Telecommunicator of the Year in 2021.

Director Seth Russell highlighted the importance of leadership and the embodiment of the center’s values, including teamwork, integrity, respect, and dedication, in the success of the Emergency Communications Team.

In a notable achievement, Communications Training Officer Celeste Thompson received a Lifesavers Award for her crucial role in saving the life of a one-year-old boy who was not breathing. Thompson’s quick and efficient gathering of information from the child’s frantic father and her effective communication with emergency personnel underscored the critical impact of well-trained and responsive emergency communications staff.

The promotion and awards ceremony underscored the MECC’s commitment to recognizing and fostering talent within its ranks, as well as the vital role these individuals play in ensuring the safety and well-being of the Murfreesboro community. Director Russell emphasized the significance of investing in quality training and professional development to empower team members to adeptly handle any emergency situation.

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