With all of this ice and snow there's no better time to show a little appreciation for Laramie County's emergency dispatchers.
All week they've been slammed with phones ringing and radios blaring. Besides that, each dispatcher monitors a wall of six computer screens. "It can be a stressful job" says Connie Starke.
The dispatchers are used to multitasking and they're trained specifically for it. Training takes about nine months to complete.
Glen Crumpton, Director of the Laramie County Combined Communications Center, says he sees a lot of turn over. The job takes a certain personality. "We get a lot of applications. The hardest part is finding someone who can stay inside the room and handle the stress and multitask" says Crumpton.
"Every now and then a caller will call in and say 'thank you' and the room lights up" says Starke. The center's gotten a few of those calls this week, just a small pat on the back.
"They do a very good job of taking care of citizens and first responders. They're good people" says Crumpton. Another pat on the back, this one from the top.