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D.C. United Says #ThankYou911 to Their Local 9-1-1 Professionals

Tuesday, April 25, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Chris Nussman
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Players pay surprise visit to DC 9-1-1 center and will host call takers at home game

In recognition of National 9-1-1 Education Month, D.C. United players paid a visit to more than 100 local 9-1-1 professionals at the Office of Unified Communications in Washington, DC.

See pictures from the event on NENA's Friends of 9-1-1 Facebook page.

D.C. United’s Travis Worra, Ian Harkes and Jared Jeffrey had the chance to interact with 9-1-1 and 3-1-1 operators, who answer more than 3 million emergency and non-emergency calls.

“We are so grateful that D.C. United players took time out of their busy schedules to say thank you for the selfless work that our professionals do,” said Karima Holmes, Director of the Office of Unified Communications.

“So often we take for granted that in times of crisis, our operators are working around the clock to ensure every call is answered with accuracy and care. Our team is honored to serve the Washington, DC region and will continue working with the community to connect them to the appropriate first responders and city services in their time of need.”

The event concluded with an ice cream social, where the team served dessert to OUC employees and discussed the challenges facing the 9-1-1 community.

“D.C. United are proud to support our local 9-1-1 call takers, who work tirelessly to connect our community to the proper emergency services,” said Victor Melara, D.C. United’s Director of Community Relations. “We enjoyed this opportunity to say thanks to the professionals who are often overlooked for the essential work they do daily.”

D.C. United will host a group of the DC call takers at RFK Stadium on May 13 as the team takes on Philadelphia Union.

This event was arranged by NENA: The 9-1-1 Association as part of the organization’s #ThankYou911 campaign. At thankyou911.org, visitors can submit thank you messages, photos, and videos or donate to the campaign to support scholarships and wellness programs for 9-1-1 professionals.