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Dispatchers donate funds to Operation Santa program

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By Stephen Thomas

SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt County Dispatch employees continue to assist the community on a daily basis.

By communicating with the county's first responders and 9-1-1 emergency callers, they do their part to help the community in an important way.

The employees are now going above and beyond their initial duties, raising funds for local charities.

The first donation was made to the Hillview Operation Santa program in the amount of $305.

The donation was officially offered in honor of former emergency services employee Don Whittaker, father of Hillview Police Ofc. Brian Whittaker, and in remembrance of Ralph Judd, father of dispatcher Teri Hall.

Dispatchers presented a check to Whittaker, along with Hillview mayor Jim Eadens and police chief Glenn Caple.

"This is a great honor. I'm speechless," said Whittaker. "Dad lives on through this charity. It's a great honor for our entire family. The men and women of (Bullitt County) Dispatch are great."

"We want to thank Bullitt County Dispatch for their great efforts in the community," Eadens said.

Dispatch supervisor Carla Johnson said the fundraising efforts took place throughout the year via team colors worn on game days.

"On all three shifts, we wear certain uniforms," said Johnson. "For a one dollar donation employees could wear their team's colors. It could be any school, not just UK and U of L."

Part of the Operation Santa donation also came from the Dispatch employees' Flower Fund.

According to Johnson, each employee offers what they can afford to purchase flowers for a fellow employee when they lose a family member.

Dispatchers donated a total of $65 for Hall when her father passed away. In lieu of flowers, Hall asked that the money be donated toward the fundraiser.

Johnson said employees agreed to select a charity located within Bullitt County, preferably something tied in with a local emergency agency.

"We'll try to do a different local charity each year," she said.

Bullitt County Dispatch includes 20 employees, 13 currently working full-time.