Awards & Eligibility Information

Each year, the Missouri Public Safety Communications Conference along with the Missouri 9-1-1 Director’s Association and Missouri Chapters of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) and National Emergency Number Association (NENA) see nominations for and bestow the following awards to deserving members of Missouri’s emergency communications profession!

NOMINEES DO NOT NEED TO BE MEMBERS OF ANY OF THE ABOVE ASSOCIATIONS.

2022 AWARD NOMINEES & RECIPIENTS

Director, Assistant Director, Executive Director, Deputy Director, PSAP Manager, Communication Center Director, Communications Director/Manager, Communications Administrator, Center Manager, Communications Chief, Public Safety Manager

Dispatch Supervisor, Shift Supervisor, Supervising Dispatcher, Supervisor, Shift Manager/Supervisor, Communications Supervisor, Communications Shift Supervisor, Operations Supervisor, Emergency Resource Supervisor, Telecommunications Supervisor, Senior Fire Communications Supervisor

Plans, develops, schedules and conducts on the job and/or classroom training for 911 and public safety communications call takers, dispatchers and supervisors; evaluates trainees’ skills and job performance; plans and/or develops advanced training for 911 public safety communications call takers, dispatchers and supervisors; assists with developing and enhancing trainees’ professional knowledge, skill, and ability through in-service training or career development training.

This award is designed to honor two or more individuals from the same emergency communications agency that worked on the same incident or event.  Eligible candidates must have worked on the incident, project or event as a team and must all be employed by the same emergency communications agency.

Functions as a front line dispatcher or call taker for police, fire, and/or EMS agencies. Operates telecommunications equipment to receive emergency and non-emergency phone calls. Determines situations from callers and ascertains all required information for dispatch of a call. Relays information to a dispatcher (if a separate position) via CAD or manual dispatch cards.  Operates radio equipment to dispatch first responder units to request emergency services; receives radio traffic from first responders; monitors emergency and support radio frequencies.

This award is designed to honor a youth whose courage and determination to obtain assistance for another person during a critical event went above and beyond all expectations.  The award winner will have shown exceptional calm while providing essential information for call takers and responders.  Must have initiated or been the primary contact with a Missouri communications center during the incident.

Systems Administrator, Information Technologist Specialist, Information Technologist, Network Administrator, Systems Engineer, Senior Computer Analyst, CAD/GIS Administrator, Network Services Supervisor, NCIC/CAD System Manager, Technician, 9-1-1 Systems, Information Technology Coordinator, Senior Project Manager, Records Technician (Master Addressing Guide – MSAG Coordinator), Mobile/CAD System Administrator, Information Technology Specialist 4, IT Tech and Address/Mapping Coordinator, Operations Support Technician, GIS Analyst, Radio Technologist.

Radio Frequency Director , Electronics Communications Technician, Telecommunications Engineer, Communications Technician Supervisor, Senior Communications Technician, Radio Lead Technician, Radio Technician, Technical Systems Administrator, Radio Frequency Engineer, Communications Technician,  9-1-1 Systems Technician, Telecommunication Services Engineer, Radio Network Engineer, Radio Frequency Systems Engineer Manager

Past Winners

2022 Award Recipients

  • Telecommunicator –  Candis Stanton, Atchison County 9-1-1
  • Trainer – Roger Martin, Missouri State Highway Patrol – GHQ
  • Team – Independence Police Department
  • Information Technologist – Mike Fridley, St. Charles County 
  • Radio Technologist – Dwayne Kinley, Radio Technologist
  • Supervisor – Brandon Mcclintock, Jasper County Emergency Services
  • Director – Cheryl Konarski, Joplin Emergency Communications Center
  • Hero – Rose Baker, Benton County, Missouri
  • President’s Awards – Mike Phillips

2021 Award Recipients

  • Telecommunicator –  Chrissy Postlethwait, Springfield-Greene County 9-1-1
  • Trainer – Heather Morrison, Springfield-Greene County 9-1-1
  • Team – Multiple Watches of the Kansas City Police Department
  • Supervisor – Renee Berry, Warren County Emergency Services
  • Information Tech – Mike Runnebaum, Jasper County Emergency Services 
  • Radio Technologist – Brian O’Dell, Joplin Police Department
  • Director – Sarah Newell, Polk County Central Dispatch
  • Hero – Braydon Johnson, Livingston County, Missouri
  • President’s Awards – Stephen Hoskins

2020 Award Recipients

  • Telecommunicator – Hannah Ruskey, Grandview Police Department
  • Trainer – Tabith Stanley, Rolla Central Communications
  • Team – Lexi Friedli and Tabitha Beede, Audrain County 9-1-1
  • Supervisor – Samantha Houttuin, Franklin County Communications
  • Information Tech – Maria Walser, Mid-America Regional Council 
  • Director – April Ford, Jasper County Emergency Services
  • Hero – Hannah Batson, Jasper County, Missouri

2019 Award Recipients

  • Telecommunicator – Michelle Maples, Independence Police Department
  • Trainer – Zachary Dykes, Missouri State Highway Patrol – Troop D
  • Team – Christian County Emergency Services
  • Supervisor – Christina Smith, Rolla Police Department
  • Information Tech – David Tucker, Independence Police Department 
  • Director – Mike Phillips, Barry County E9-1-1
  • President’s Award – Scott Penman & Ms. Nail

2018 Award Recipients

  • Telecommunicator – Patricia Limbaugh, Missouri State Highway Patrol – Troop E
  • Trainer – Kima Burnett, Jasper County Emergency Services
  • Team – Kellie Balcom, Kelsey Talber and Jim Langley, Jasper County Emergency Services
  • Supervisor – Andrea Khan, Kansas City Police Department
  • Radio Tech – Bradley Coffey, Missouri State Highway Patrol – GHQ 
  • Director – Kwabena Asante, Osage Beach Police Department
  • Hero – William Rebman, Kansas City, Missouri
  • President’s Award – Roger Martin

2017 Award Recipients

  • Telecommunicator – Charles Shepard, Dade County Emergency Services
  • Trainer – Cheryl Konarski, Dade County Emergency Services
  • Team – Alicia Davis, Amy Barrett, Maygon Matlage, Lisa Lake, Gracy Link and Valesha Wilson, Christian County Emergency Services
  • Supervisor – Christopher Nicholson, Missouri State Highway Patrol – Troop H
  • Technician of the Year – Kevin Francis, Stoddard County 9-1-1 Services
  • Director – Becky Bacon, Christian County Emergency Services
  • Hero – Neveah Thomas, Pulaski County, Missouri

2016 Award Recipients

  • Trainer – Bob Larimer, Missouri State Highway Patrol – Troop D
  • Team – Martinez and Looney, Osage Beach Police Department
  • Supervisor – Dawn Moore, Missouri State Highway Patrol – Troop E
  • Director – Zim Schwartze, Springfield-Greene County 9-1-1
  • Hero – Emma Miller 
  • President’s Award – Lisa Schlottach
  • Friend of 9-1-1- Penman & Winton
  • Special – Jeanie Lauer

2015 Award Recipients

  • Trainer – Kendra Shell, Missouri State Highway Patrol – Troop E
  • Team – Donna Beeks, Rob Massengale, Matt D’Amore, Brandy Coffey, Emmily Bolen, Polk County Central Dispatch
  • Supervisor – Laura McDonald, Osage Beach Police Department
  • Director – Bonnie Witt-Schulte, Monett 9-1-1
  • Hero – Ellie Marie Miller
  • Lifetime Achievement – Charlie Bonnie

2014 Award Recipients

  • Telecommunicator – Jeremy Lee, Maryland Heights Police Department
  • Trainer – Kris Inman, Springfield-Greene County 9-1-1
  • Supervisor – David Driskell, Christian County E9-1-1
  • Director – JR Webb, Springfield-Greene County 9-1-1
  • President’s Award – Corey Chaney

2013 Award Recipients

  • Telecommunicator – Tracy Hux, Missouri State Highway Patrol – Troop H
  • Trainer – Laurie Wall, Missouri State Highway Patrol – Troop H
  • Team – Susan Carroll and Jenall Watkins, Barry County E9-1-1
  • Supervisor – Saralyn Hayes, Mid-America Regional Council
  • Director – Paula Volkmer, Rolla Police Department
  • President’s Award – Robin Tieman

2012 Award Recipients

  • Telecommunicator – Chelsea Kincaid, O’Fallon Police Department
  • Trainer – Pam Gilligan, Missouri State Highway Patrol – Troop F
  • Director – Lori Sneed, Dade County Emergency Services
  • President’s Award – Dan Rowden

2011 Award Recipients

  • Trainer – Barbara Graham, Missouri State Highway Patrol – Troop F
  • President’s Award – The communications professionals of Joplin and Jasper County.