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Those who work behind the scenes are just as important to the success of an organization as those on the front lines, and Gary Hadley is proof of that.
A dispatcher at Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue, Hadleys co-workers have named him Rescuer of the Year. The award is given to someone who exhibits the qualities of a good Rescuer qualities that include dedication, knowledge and resourcefulness.
Hadley has been with Rescue since 1989.
Well, I needed a job and I like helping people. I thought this would be a good way to do both.
Hadley had a similar job in the U.S. Navy, processing and disseminating information, and that gave him a leg up with his new job. However, Hadleys duties have changed over the years.
In 1989, when he started, Rescues dispatch office was a regional dispatch center.
Now, its more like office work, Hadley said.
During a typical day, Hadley will check supplies and equipment, answer the phone, handle paperwork, sort response records and log statistics.
Though his duties have changed, Hadley says he still takes great pride in his work. He says he stuck with Rescue because of his co-workers.
I like the people that work here. Its a pleasant place to work. They are very professional people.
This isnt the first time Hadley has earned an award for his efforts.
In 2000, he was named the Kentucky Ambulance Providers Association dispatcher of the year. The award is given to someone who demonstrates proficiency in communication skills and has displayed professionalism.
As for the Rescuer of the Year award, Hadley says he was completely surprised.
I didnt have any idea until Mike [Ramsey] got up and said something about starting in 1989. I thought, Who else has been here that long?
In presenting the award, Ramsey detailed the importance of those working behind the scenes.
When we think of Rescue and its mission, we often times think about the people on the front lines, making runs, performing rescues and treating patients. However, this years recipient is very much a behind-the-scenes type of guy. He never wants recognition or special treatment. He simply comes to work day after day and performs his duties faithfully.
Ramsey said Hadley not only contributes to Rescue by performing his duties well, but also by lifting the spirits of his co-workers.
[He] is always quick to brighten your day, Ramsey said during the awards ceremony. He oftentimes can do that through an interesting overhead page or a short story from his Naval days during his service to our country.
Consistent is a word that sums up Hadley perfectly, according to Rescue Director Dan Durham.
Gary is one of the fixtures of Rescue. He works well with everybody. Hes always there and he always does his job. Hes just consistent.
More than a week after he received the award, Hadley still hasnt let the honor sink in.
Im still a little flabbergasted. It just makes me feel really good about being here.
Hadley and his wife, Reba Sue, have one daughter, Emily, and two grandchildren, Lilianna Sunshine and Micah Sky.
- Staff Writer James Roberts can be reached at 465-8111 Ext. 226 or by e-mail at email@example.com.