Longest serving 911 dispatcher retires ~ Was featured on "Rescue-911" ~
Posted on 6/2/2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cecily Fong
June 2, 2009
Bismarck, ND - The longest serving 911 dispatcher in North Dakota, Dave Kulackoski has served State Radio since February 1970 and has recently retired. During his tenure at State Radio, Kulackoski held the positions of communications specialist and communications supervisor. When he first started at State Radio, there was only one dispatcher on duty at a time. Currently shifts are staffed with a minimum of five communications specialists.
Kulackoski is a veteran of the US Navy. He served in two tours in Vietnam in communications cryptology and assisted Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT) which later became the Navy SEALS.
"Dave embodies all the best qualities of a 911 dispatcher-he stays calm under intense pressure, he can multi-task and most importantly, he takes great pride in helping people," said Mike Lynk, Director of State Radio. "We are all sad to see Dave go but after 39 years of service, we are happy to see Dave have more time to enjoy family and fishing."
In June 1994, Kulackoski received a 911 call which landed him on the popular reality show hosted by William Shatner called "Rescue-911." During the call, Kulackoski assisted Bert Siemieniewski from Cayuga, North Dakota save her son from choking. Siemieniewski was the first person in Sargent County to use the 911 system which had just recently been installed.
Her son, Ryan, now 17, has just graduated from Sargent Central High School and came to Bismarck with his mother for Kulackoski's retirement party which was held this past Friday.
For footage of the retirement ceremony which includes footage of comments by MG David Sprynczynatyk, Ryan Siemieniewski, and Dave Kulackoski, as well as footage from the Rescue-911 television program, please visit our ftp site at: