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First responders parade to wish 911 dispatcher Bonnie Reeder a rich retirement

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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.

On Thursday 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.

Anthony Stua, 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 retirement.”

“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.”


Posted 9/25/2020


Posted 9/25/2020


Posted 9/25/2020


Posted 9/25/2020




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