Tuesday, November 30

WHAT’S COOKING?

Dispatchers turn stress into comfort food

Five Hamilton County dispatchers are out with a new book. “From Capes to Aprons” is a collection of short stories from their 9-1-1 calls paired with recipes that served as comfort food during stressful times. 

“The stories run the gamut – everything from bizarre, to funny, to disturbing,” says one of the authors Missy Haston of the 115-page book. “Because of the high stress of this job, dispatchers and emergency service personnel often turn to food for comfort. This book features some of our favorite go-to recipes.” 

Haston recently retired from the Hamilton County Communication Center – which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Dispatchers stand ready to receive calls from citizens, visitors, and anyone needing some form of assistance. 

“Whether it’s for simple information or a life-threatening traumatic emergency situation, dispatchers manage hundreds of calls a day,” Haston adds. “Oftentimes, when the public thinks about an emergency situation, they think of those who arrive on the scene first. But nearly every emergency starts with that initial phone call to 9-1-1. We’re the ears to everything happening in the community.”

“From Capes to Aprons” is available for purchase at Barnes & Nobles as well as Amazon for $25. 

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