VERO BEACH FL/APRIL 2020 – They’re the first voice that someone hears when they call for emergency response, but no-one ever sees them or knows their names. They’re 911 Dispatchers and they’re reason that help arrives during an often times scary or critical situation. On Wednesday, the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office’s Public Safety Dispatch Unit opened their doors to a surprise, and some much-deserved recognition, with a free lunch.
Dale Sorensen Real Estate (DSRE) agent Lori Davis organized the show of support and worked with Chef Scot Varricchio from the Citrus Grill to package and distribute twenty-four boxed lunches to the dispatchers. Davis paid for the lunches while DSRE provided each dispatcher with a coffee mug. Included in the lunches were thank you notes written by children of friends and family members.
“I felt like I had to do something in these unsettling times. When I heard about what these amazing ladies do on a daily basis, regardless of the Covid-19 situation, I jumped at the opportunity to show my gratitude,” said Davis. “My first thought was to contact Chef Varricchio at Citrus Grill to prepare the lunches. His response was an immediate yes! I knew I wasn’t the only one feeling this way and asked my best friends with school age children if they would write a thank you note to the 911 ladies as well. I had an overwhelming response of twenty-four thank you notes in 24 hours! This is a time where families, friends and neighbors are joining together to thank all those who make our lives better and safer. I am proud to live in a community that is so giving and to work with a company like Dale Sorensen Real Estate that supports us in all that we do.”
The response from the 911 Dispatchers was heartfelt. “I just wanted to thank you again for the amazing lunch and gifts you brought us today,” said Robyn Candarini, Administrator, Public Safety Dispatch Unit, Indian River County Sheriff’s Office. “The food was delicious and we just loved the cups.”
Candarini added that the dispatchers were really touched by the cards that the children wrote. “We would love to do something for the children that wrote the cards, they were so precious and we were truly moved!”