Bunker was with the Maine Department of Public Safety for 25 years, serving as the first director of the state’s E-911 bureau.

Bunker was one of three people receiving the Dr. Jeff Clawson Leadership Award during a presentation at the closing luncheon of the Navigator 2012 conference.

Each received a $500 contribution from the NAED for a charity of the recipient’s choosing. Bunker gave his donation to 911 CARES, a nonprofit organization that collects donations for dispatchers in personal distress due to, for example, medical problems. In addition, he donated $448 from a variety of fundraisers in Maine in support of Houlton dispatcher Tiffany Cissel, who on March 24 lost everything in a house fire; all she had left was her uniform. 911 CARES matched that donation.

Bunker said he was “flabbergasted” by an award named for Clawson, inventor of the Priority Dispatch System and co-founder of the NAED. “I know of so many others to recommend,” Bunker said.

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