Americans are accustomed to the luxury of emergency services. If something goes wrong, you dial 911 and you’re immediately connected to an operator in your area. For folks living in Teton County, it’s no different. But the county is in a precarious place when it comes to staffing the folks that are answering those emergency calls.
Teton County Sheriff Matt Carr recently told county commissioners that the county is one person away from not being able to answer 911 calls 24 hours a day.
Criminal justice reporter Emily Mieure of the Jackson Hole News&Guide recently reported on this issue. She visited the KHOL studio to discuss her reporting.
Above: Riclyn Betsinger is among the core crew of dispatchers at the Teton County Communications Center. She has worked there for the last decade. (Bradley J. Boner/Jackson Hole News&Guide)