HALEYVILLE - A mission of mercy that was appropriately brought to the attention of local and state leaders during last year’s Haleyville 9-1-1 Festival has received the green light from state legislators, one year later.
James Lockerbie, a 9-1-1 dispatcher from New Jersey, visited last year’s 9-1-1 festival, holding a public meeting afterward to discuss the 9-1-1 Saves Act, which would reclassify emergency dispatchers as first responders rather than clerical workers.
Lockerbie’s mission was heard by attentive ears, since Haleyville’s 9-1-1 Festival honors the fact that the nation’s first-ever 9-1-1 call was placed in the city of Haleyville.
Lockerbie has been on a mission, traveling throughout the United States in efforts of each state passing legislation to reclassify dispatchers.
The Alabama Legislature approved the change, passing a law which was resigned by Governor Kay Ivey, meaning that the state has now joined 14 other states that have approved the reclassification legislation, including Georgia, Illinois, Oklahoma, Washington, Idaho, Iowa, Texas, California, Indiana, West Virginia, Kansas, Oregon, New York and New Jersey.
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