MINOT, N.D. - Minot Central dispatch answers more than 129,000 calls per year. Friday, a dispatcher retired after 30 years of answering emergency calls.
Devawn Beckman has served as the Public Safety Answering Point Manager for the last seven years, and a dispatcher for more than 30 years.
Friday, family, friends, coworkers and the community came together to celebrate her hardwork.
Beckman says she's still surprised by the last 30 years but says it takes a strong person to be a first first responder.
"It's hard to wrap your head around everything that's happened in 30 years' time and just trying to focus on everything that's ahead now I guess. I think it's a fantastic career option that people don't often think about. It's really a crucial field and they need good people," says Beckman.
Beckman will continue to volunteer with the Minot Police Department as the Police Chaplin Program Director and has taken a position at the West Minot Church of God as an Associate Pastor.