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By IL FOP Labor Council, Staff Writer - Thursday, April 11, 2013

 

The Labor Council would like to share the following poem, "A Dispatcher's Prayer" by an anonymous author, along with two other poems, "Who Am I?" and "Just A Voice", in honor of National Public Safety Telecommunicator's Week.

Dear Lord,

Help me keep safe those who depend on me. Give me healthy ears, for they are my link with those who need me. Keep my mind sharp and alert, my fingers quick and nimble. Grant that I never forget how to do ten things at once, and do them all equally well.
 

Bless me with patience Lord. Patience to deal with the public, with the officers, with the boss, and with everyone else who makes me want to grit my teeth and yell. Give me nerves of steel, that I may listen to a mother screaming for her child to live, the man with a gun, or an officer yelling for backup, and not give way to panic.

Grant me empathy, that I may help the battered wife, the rape victim, the abused child, and not cause them more pain than they already have.

God, give me the ability to learn what I need, to remember it quickly, and give me the wisdom to use the knowledge properly.

Bless my family Lord, for they will have to make sacrifices to shift work, overtime, canceled plans, and times when I just can't take on one more thing.  Help them understand the missed ball games, school
programs, and dinners for two.

Lord, give me courage. Courage to persevere when I feel undervalued, unappreciated, overworked, and unrecognized. Courage to keep trying when I feel in my heart it's hopeless. Last of all Lord, help me to never forget why I chose to do this job in the first place, to never lose sight of what is important in the midst of the stress.

Help me to remember that I make a difference, however small it may seem some days, and that I matter.

I am a dispatcher, Lord, grant me peace.

Author Unknown