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Emergency Dispatchers Return From Louisiana



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(KSL News) Emergency dispatchers from across the state of Utah are returning home after helping residents in hurricane-battered New Orleans.

Scott Wolford/ Department of Public Safety: "We lived in the dispatch center and slept on cots. They cooked Louisiana food right there in the dispatch center."

The dispatchers were giving the regular New Orleans dispatchers some time off to take care of their homes and families. Dispatchers saw the devastation on TV before they left, but couldn't fully understand it.

Chris Ruckert/ Department of Public Safety: "We really didn't know what to expect. Having been down there before on vacation, it was awesome. It's really hard to fathom what you see on tv because the breadth of it is so great."

All of the dispatchers work for the Department of Public Safety across the state of Utah.

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