This special week is dedicated to honoring the unsung heroes behind the scenes - our incredible dispatchers who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe. To celebrate their dedication and commitment, we will be showcasing a daily feature on a different dispatcher throughout the week, highlighting their lives, experiences, and the vital role they play in emergency response.
Meet 9-1-1 Dispatcher Chuck Blalock. Chuck holds a master certification as a dispatcher and has been working in the field for 12 years.
Age: 52 years young
From: Teague, Texas
Palestine has been home since 1986
2 Wonderful Children
2 Beautiful Grandchildren
1 German Shepherd
Quality Time with the family
Love to watch Westerns
Love to watch war movies
"Although I initially became a dispatcher out of necessity for employment, I found that my work had the potential to make a difference, and despite the unique set of challenges that come with the job, it's fulfilling to witness the younger generation's growth in the field.
I've experienced numerous intense job moments, including handling calls about a friend and pastor's passing, death, assault, and fatal accidents. I've also naviagated through natural disasters like ice storms, aided in locating missing children, and coordinated life-flight assistance for an injured officer.
One of the most amusing calls I've received was from a three-year-old child who could only say "no" and their first name. The call lasted for quite some time until the child's mother intervened and discovered the situation."