tributes

APCO Walk of Heroes
The walkway is located in the Daytona Beach area
A tribute to life members
Many of our members aspire to be "life members"
APCO Walk of Heroes Path
This walkway has many tributes to public safety professionals
Another stone in the pathway
This stone honors Washington Chapter Past Presidents

Our members contribute in many ways

International Past Presidents
The Washington State Chapter recognizes the contributions its members have made as past International presidents to foster, protect and enhance the spirit that is APCO International. All APCO International members owe the past presidents more than can be repaid. But we can continue to remember, and we can continue to express our gratitude that there have been and are people like these and communities that will support their service to our association. Thank you to our Washington State APCO International Past Presidents.

Chris Fischer - August 2008-August 2009
Richard Quantz - August 1965-August 1966
Ross Morris - August 1995 - August 1996
life members of apco international
The highest membership honor the association can bestow is that of LIFE membership. The people listed have been designated Life Members of APCO International, an honor reserved for those who are members of any membership classification of APCO, who have made significant contributions toward the objectives of APCO International above and beyond the chapter level. Life Members have served a full term as President of APCO International or made at least five major accomplishments that have contributed significantly to the betterment of the association. Congratulations to our Washington State Life Members ~

Cory Ahrens - WSCJTC Telecommunicator Program
Millie Tirapelle - Rivercom
Kevin Kearns - iXP Corporation
Chris Fischer - Valley Communications
Alan Hull - Washington DOT
Phyllis Hull - Port of Seattle
Ross Morris - Washington DOT
*Jimmie Hocutt - State Emergency Management Division
*Richard Quantz ADCOMM Engineering
* Indicates deceased Life Members
apco international senior members
To be eligible for the honor, a member must have maintained membership for 10 or more consecutive years, made three significant contributions to APCO, including one at the Association level, and should be a member in good standing at the time of the award. The designation of "Senior" may be added to any category of individual membership. Senior membership grade is approved by the Board of Officers after a nomination and recommendation process is completed.

Peggy Fouts Grays Harbor E9-1-1 2011
Jim Quackenbush CAPCOM 2010
Wayne Wantland Yakima Public Safety Communications 2008
Mark Morgan - Valley Communications 2008
Chris Fischer - Valley Communications

RPL/ENP Graduates
(APCO RPL = Registered Public Safety Leader) Visit their website for more information!

List of APCO RPL Graduates: Lora Ueland, Vonnie Mayer, Mary Sue Robey, Andie Hanson, Sandy Hogue, Jennie Salinas, Brenda Cantu, Cleo Subido, Tina McMillan, Mary Allen, Stephanie Fritts, Darlene Mainwaring

(NENA ENP = Emergency Number Professional) Visit their website for more information!

List of NENA ENP Certified: Sheila Betts, Bob Connell, Janice Cox, William Doolittle,
Timothy Dunn, Peggy Fouts, Debbie Grady, Judy Ocondi,
Robert Oenning, Terry Peterson, Imas Sakin, Karen McKay, Jim Barber, Andie Hanson, Don Mitchell, Matthew O'Neill and Karina Yandell.
ncmec 9-1-1 call center partners
These agencies have proven their commitment to protecting our children by completing all the necessary steps to become a National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 9-1-1 Call Center Partner.

Kittitas County (KITTCOM)
Multi Agency Communications Center (Moses Lake, WA)
Northeast County Regional Public-Safety Comm Agency (NORCOM) (Bellevue, WA)
Thurston 911 Communications (Olympia, WA)
Valley Communications Center (Kent, WA)
washington state chapter honorary members
Mark Morgan
Retired Assistant Director Mark Morgan, Valley Communications Center. He oversaw Operations, including Valley Communications Center’s renowned emergency call answering and dispatching services which are modeled across the nation. As a key member of the Management Team, Assistant Director Morgan held several positions throughout his time at the agency; Interim Director, Assistant Director, Accreditation Manager, Operations Manager, Team Supervisor, Dispatcher and Call Receiver. He contributed to design and construction of their new building opened in 2002, yearly budget development, technology initiatives and policy recommendations. He began his service in 1990, retiring in 2010 after serving 20 years. Mark served our chapter well as our Treasurer 1998-2001 and President 2004-2005.

Ross Morris *
Retired Department of Transportation Commercial Vehicle Information Systems Manager Ross Morris has been an APCO member since 1971. During this time Ross served our chapter as the Westside Member at Large and in 1994 was honored with the Maurice Courtright Award, one of this chapter’s highest awards. He was elected as President to APCO National in 1995. During his term he was instrumental in promoting Telecommunications Training Standards for Public Safety. This effort led to the foundation of the National Public Safety Telecommunicator Training Standards which are used today. Ross is an APCO International Life Member an honor reserved for members who have made significant contributions to the organization. Ross’s passion and dedication has encouraged others to be involved in APCO and his vision of the future continues to be reflected in this chapter. *He is also an APCO International Life Member.

Phyllis Hull *
Retired Director, Port of Seattle. Phyllis faithfully served this chapter for 25 years including 2 terms as President, a member of the Executive Committee and other national and chapter committees. She has set an example for all of us in her dedication and support of 911 needs. *She is also an APCO International Life Member.

Alan Hull *
Retired Director, Office of Wireless Technology, Washington State Department of Transportation. Alan has served Apco since 1964 in a variety of capacities. Among his many accomplishments, he was instrumental in directing and organizing the nation's first statewide 800 MHz mobile trunking system for the Department of Transportation. He has received numerous awards for his contributions to emergency communications. *He is also an APCO International Life Member.

Joe Blaschka, Jr.
Principal, ADCOMM Engineering Company. Started ADCOMM Engineering in 1979 to provide public safety communications engineering. Since then has completed over 400 projects and 40 dispatch centers, mostly in the northwest. APCO member since early 1980's.

Bradley Davis
Department of Transportation – Radio Manager

John Gasser
WSP Bellevue as Station Manager. Two time past Chapter President.

John McCormick
35 years for WSP in Union Gap

Sandy Saffell
Telecommunications career began Washington State Patrol in 1975. Joined APCO in 1976; elected as Secretary-Treasurer in 1977 and served several years; served as President and other positions throughout the years. During 24 years with State Patrol and over 3 years as a 9-1-1 Director, enjoyed instructor staff positions at Washington State Patrol Academy and Criminal Justice Training Commission and managing Telecommunications Centers.

Duncan Stewart
Worked for King County Public Works.