Bonnie Reeder of
Chesterton has worked as a Porter County 911 dispatcher for almost 27 years,
for the last six as shift supervisor.
For more than a
quarter of a century her voice has been the first which citizens in need,
sometimes in dire need, have heard. She’s calmed the fearful, counseled the
uncertain, heartened the injured, all the while cutting through the
confusion and anguish to direct first-responders with cool precision.
Now Reeder is
retiring, after a distinguished career not only protecting the community but
protecting the first-responders who protect the community.
afternoon, fleet vehicles from nearly every law enforcement agency and fire
department in Porter County converged on Hawthorne Park in Porter to caravan
to Reeder’s home, where they presented her with a letter of appreciation, as
police officers, firefighters, and paramedics all expressed their gratitude
to the rock of the Dispatch Center.
director of Porter County 911, told the Chesterton Tribune today that
Reeder’s absence in the center will be palpable. “Bonnie’s been a dedicated
asset with more than 26 years of experience and wisdom, who has protected
the citizens of Porter County to the very best of her ability,” Stua said.
“Her values are God, her family, and this community.”
More than 70
vehicles joined the parade, Stua noted, more than twice the number he was
expecting. “I was humbled and gratified to see the turnout,” he said. “In
county government we tend to think of our own department as family, but I
found out that my department’s family is so much bigger than that. Everyone
wanted to do whatever they could to wish Bonnie a happy and fulfilling
“It’s been my great
pleasure to work with Bonnie for the past year I was here,” Stua said. “She
is going to be severely missed, and whoever succeeds her will have very big
shoes to fill.”