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Washington County 911 dispatchers were honored last week for their handling of the August 31, 2012, Red Roof Inn hostage situation. Bulletin file photo

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For 16 years, Washington County's emergency dispatchers worked in a hole in the ground.

More specifically, they worked in a 1,300-foot concrete room a floor below the sheriff's office basement, where their only view was into an identically sized, fluorescently-lit space in which the county's emergency management staff still works.

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