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Cordwell sounds his last tones as Oxford County dispatcher

by Ann Sheehan, Editor Advertiser Democrat July 6, 2017

PARIS — Twenty-eight years ago county dispatch was a one-man band.

Steve Cordwell retires
Dispatcher Steve Cordwell

It was located in the control room at the county jail. And while the jail control officer might help when she had time, it was pretty much up to one person to handle emergency calls and send fire, rescue or law enforcement to respond.

Today, there’s a three- or four-person team on each shift.

Steven Cordwell, 66, of Oxford remembers the “old days” well.