Reinke was the manager of the Office of Telecommunications Applications within the
National Telecommunications and Information Administration at its inception in
1978. He also Chaired the 911 Task
Force, a group of ten Federal agency representatives whose goal was to
encourage the establishment of a nationwide emergency number.
this end, a national conference on 9-1-1, sponsored by NTIA, was held in
Minneapolis in May of 1979. Two years
later, Roger's vision became a reality, and NENA was born.
the NENA Executive Board established the Founder's Award to recognize those
individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of NENA
from its earliest days to the present. That
same year, the very first Founder’s Award was presented to Roger for being the visionary
behind the creation of NENA.
Click here to read an additional remembrance of Roger and here to read an interview with him that ran in The Call after he won the Founders Award.