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Douglas County dispatcher celebrates 20 years

Staff Reports

Ron Sagen, Debra Gochenouer, Steve Thaler, Berry Penzel

When trouble strikes, 911 Dispatcher Debra Gochenouer's is often the first voice someone hears when they call to report an emergency.

On Thursday, county commissioners celebrated 20 years of Gochenouer answering those calls.

Gochenouer has been a Nevada resident since 1981 and has worked for the county since July 14, 1997, according to county Public Information Officer Melissa Blosser.

"As part of the Emergency Services Team, Debbie prides herself on the motto 'Dispatchers are the first, first responders,' that give lifesaving instructions," Blosser said. "Lives depend on Debbie's speed and precision to instruct law enforcement and firefighters on how to act."

Gochenouer is married to a retired communications specialist. She has seven children, 11 grandsons and is waiting for two more grandchildren to be born this fall. Both of the children will be boys.

"Debbie is a valuable team member, 20 years in this career field is a major accomplishment, I'm very proud of the work she has done and continues to do every day," said Director of Douglas County 911 Emergency Services Ron Sagen.

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"Douglas County residents receive the best care possible with the ProQA Dispatch System and the county will soon be the only Center in the state to be certified in all three disciplines of law, fire and medical," Blosser said. "Debbie is proud to be serving Douglas County and is looking forward to a few more years of service."