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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT)– People around the country are recognizing some emergency responders whose work behind the scenes saves lives.

This week is National Telecommunications week and local authorities are showing their support for what dispatchers do.

Inside a nondescript building off Elm Avenue in Athens is the heart of the communications for public safety in Limestone County.

Dispatchers hear calls from family problems to wrecks to even negotiating a suspect to surrender before the hostage negotiator arrives. Local dispatcher, Jamie Altz says the job is a unique experience.

“It can be completely quiet and go from 0 to 60 as we like to say in a matter of seconds,” Altz said.

Eateries in Limestone County have teamed up to cater food for the crews working inside the dispatch center this week.

If you would like to thank local dispatchers for the hard work they do behind the scenes to keep us safe CLICK HERE.