Lewis receives “Silent Hero” award

A Borger dispatcher was recently honored for her efforts in keeping the Borger community safe.Linda Lewis, Communications Supervisor for the Borger Police Department, was recognized for receiving the “Silent Hero” award by Lt. Bruce Roberts of the Borger Police Department during the Borger City Council meeting Tuesday.Lt. Roberts said communication officers provide an essential service to the community.“They do this 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year long,” he said. “Their dedication for the most part goes unnoticed by us and by the public.”Several years ago, the APCO, which is the Texas Association of Public Safety Communication Officers and the National Emergency Numbers Association teamed up to create the “Silent Hero” award.Lt. Roberts said this award has been in place over the past 10 years. He said communication officers are professionals who do what they do. However, he said there are those who rise to the top.He said Lewis was nominated for and received the “Silent Hero” award. She was flown to Dallas in early April and received the award at the annual conference.She has been with the police department since 2003. Lt. Roberts said she does what needs to be done to get the job completed.“She’s been instrumental in many improvements to the communication system, and she works tirelessly to make sure her people have what they need to get the job done,” he said.When necessary, she fills the communication officer role and does so with care and compassion, whether she is dealing with a 911 call or a police officer in distress, Lt. Roberts said.“I believe that Linda is a true professional and deserves this award,” he said.