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Mocksville, NC - On September 11, 2019, Rodney Pierce, Davie County Emergency Services Director, was awarded Communications Leader of the Year at the 2019 North Carolina Public Safety Communications Conference. Pierce was nominated by his peers and supervisors for this award on account of his hard work and passion for emergency services in Davie County. Additionally on this night, Grayson Gusa, Davie County Telecommunications Trainer, was sworn in as state president of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO).
Through training and expertise, these individuals are able to jointly lead the Emergency Services Department in Davie County with ingenuity and integrity through their own unique skill sets.
Gusa’s leadership and dedication to his community is well known and respected as he was selected to serve as president of the largest organization of public safety communications professionals. His expertise will help lead the state and individuals who can make tangible differences in their communities by providing complete expertise, professional development, technical assistance, advocacy and outreach opportunities.
Pierce is a strong advocate for mental health stability for telecommunicators as this can be a heavy and burdensome position. He ensures that when they handle a stressful call they are talking it over with a critical incident stress debrief mentor.
Over the last four years, Pierce has worked on upgrading the phone system, radio system, recording system, and most recently, the CAD system. His enthusiasm and dedication to these projects have helped them surpass all expectations.
Pierce and Gusa’s continued efforts to better the community will ensure that the core values of 911 will be true and present for future generations. Their proven leadership is demonstrated through continued education, program implementation, intentional personal relationships and dedicated community service. They have shown the ability and motivation that would unhesitatingly classify as personal and professional representation of what it means to be a leader in today’s 911 world.
Rodney Pierce, Davie County Emergency Services Director, awarded Communications Leader of the Year at the 2019 North Carolina Public Safety Communications Conference.
Grayson Gusa, Davie County Telecommunications Trainer, sworn in as state president of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials at the 2019 North Carolina Public Safety Communications Conference.