911 center dispatchers remember former co-worker
by Lindsay Field
June 26, 2013 10:59 PM | 6371 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
David Culpepper
David Culpepper
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MARIETTA — Longtime Cobb 911 dispatcher David Culpepper died unexpectedly Tuesday night, and his co-workers say they will miss the calming presence he brought to a profession known for its high-stress situations.

Culpepper, 48, died at his Paulding County home Tuesday afternoon. As of Wednesday evening, the cause of death was still unknown.

“He was absolutely one of the most extraordinary dispatchers we’ve ever had, especially his ability to bring levity into stressful situations still while being professional,” said Ann Flynn, director of the Cobb 911 center.

Culpepper first started working as a dispatcher in Cobb County in February 1987 with the city of Marietta. Ten years later, he joined the Cobb 911 center where he’s been working ever since.

“Many (city of Marietta and Board of Lights and Water) employees may remember hearing David’s distinct voice over the radio when being dispatched to a call for service or receiving a telephone call from him when they were on call/standby indicating something had occurred in the city that needed their involvement,” said former city of Marietta 911 Director Bob Williams Jr.

Williams said Culpepper was dedicated to his profession and enjoyed working in public safety, despite working behind the scenes like all 911 dispatchers do. “David’s voice over the 911 lines and radio airwaves has been silenced due to his untimely death and he will be greatly missed, but never forgotten. Please keep David’s family, co-workers and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Flynn said Culpepper’s last day of work was Sunday and that she personally will miss his sense of humor. “He could find the most unique verbiage and bring a sense of humor to it. He would throw out a lot of one-liners,” she said.

The 911 center has almost 110 employees, and many of them had come to know and appreciate Culpepper, not only for his sense of humor, but because he was always eager to help out those with less experience than himself, Flynn said.

“A lot of the trainees who had not even spent that much time with him were also in tears because of how supportive he was during their training period, which is often so stressful,” Flynn said.

Visitation and funeral services had not been announced as of press time. Flynn said Culpepper was not married and did not have children.

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