|(HOUSTON, TX) – Harris County Sheriff’s Office 9-1-1 Coordinator, Lisa Dodson, is this year’s recipient of the coveted Laverne Hogan award. The award was presented today during the Texas chapter of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) and the Texas Commission on Emergency Communications (CSEC) annual conference in Houston.|
Every year, the Texas NENA gives the Laverne Hogan award to honor an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in advancing 9-1-1 in Texas. This year that individual was Lisa Dodson.
As the HCSO’s 9-1-1 Administrative Coordinator, Dodson oversees the Division Training Program and its 14 Communications Training Officers. In 2007, Dodson was instrumental in the implementation of a county-wide Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system. As a division representative, Dodson worked long hours with the Greater Harris County 9-1-1 Emergency Network so that the 9-1-1 system and the new CAD system could integrate the two data pools and the 9-1-1 mapping system to create a seamless presentation for call takers handling both emergency and non-emergency calls.
The Laverne Hogan award is named after the first Texas-NENA president and founding executive director of Greater Harris County 9-1-1 Emergency Network.
Three other Harris County Sheriff’s Office Communications Officers were recognized today by the Texas NENA/CSEC for their outstanding work while responding to 9-1-1 calls.
They are Emil Gencarelli and Regina Cochran, both Telecommunicator of the Year Award winners, and Nelda Dixie, recipient of the Silent Hero Award.