Each month the Seward County blog will be featuring one of our departments to learn more about the functions of that office and getting to know the employees that work there through a series of career related and personal questions. This month, I sat down with Tyler Rexus, Deputy Director and Shannon Arena, Dispatcher in the E-911 Department.
E-911 provides emergency services to all of Seward County, including 3 Law Enforcement Agencies and 11 Fire and Rescue Departments. E-911 is the warning point for the National Weather Service for Seward, Butler and Saline Counties. This office does all NCIC (National Crime Information Center) work including: warrants, stolen vehicles, missing persons, traffic stops, sex offender registry, protection orders, dangerous offenders, stolen articles for Seward County Attorney's, County/District Courts and Seward County Corrections. This office is comprised of 10 employees providing 24 hour services to the County.
How long have you been with Seward County?
Tyler: 8 years
Shannon: 6 years
What has been the most rewarding part of working at Seward County?
Tyler: I've been able to save several people's lives through medical instruction
Shannon: Tracking down missing/wanted individuals that are difficult to find.
How has Seward County helped in your career development?
Tyler: This job has taught me that I can handle anything, no situation that I'm put in will make me lose my cool.
Shannon: I've gained a better understanding of public needs.
What do you find to be the most challenging part of your job?
Tyler: Keeping subordinates passionate about their job and motivated through the stress.
Shannon: Keeping a positive outlook on the good in society.
What career lessons have you learned thus far?
Tyler: There is a small percentage of people that want to/can do this job due to the skill set required, the environment and the effects it has on a person.
Shannon: I'm someone who doesn't do well with change; in this field change is constant. It's something that I've learned to adapt to.
What is something your office does that most people aren't aware of?
Tyler: Any time there is an emergency situation, dispatch takes all the information and determines the appropriate response and dispatches the appropriate agencies. Dispatch documents every step of every emergency and non emergency call from beginning to end.
What is the strangest talent you have?
Tyler: Voice impersonations, particularly Arnold Schwarzenegger. I do a mean Arnold.
What was the worst punishment you ever received growing up?
Tyler: I never got punished, I was a good kid.
Shannon: I got grounded for an entire month because I wouldn't do my homework and skipped class. I was grounded to my room from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m. only being allowed to leave to go to the bathroom and eat dinner. My dad stuck to that punishment, I was in my room for so long I think I made an imaginary friend during that time.
What are you binge watching on Netflix currently?
Tyler: Trailer Park Boys.
Shannon: People Vs. O.J.
What is on your bucket list?
Tyler: Shoot a bazooka.
Shannon: Take my wife to Ireland.
Do you have any strange phobias?
Tyler: Moths and butterfly's. When I was about 4 or 5 years old, the moths were really bad one summer. A ton got in between our door and screen door. When I opened the door, the all swarmed to the light behind me flying into my face. I laid on the ground and cried for a long time.
Shannon: Porcelain dolls. My sister had a few growing up. I read a story a long time ago about how in the 1800's people would make dolls to resemble children who passed away and then spirits haunting the doll. No thanks.
Tyler Rexus lives in Lincoln with his fiancee, Andrea and their daughter Jada. They have a cat named Fat Kitty and a poodle named GeeGee. Tyler enjoys golfing, shooting and collecting firearms, and spending time with family and friends at cookouts.
Shannon Arena lives in Seward with his wife, Jessica. They love to travel, try different restaurants and binge watch shows on Netflix. Shannon loves rock music and in his spare time, he likes to drive around with no destination in mind.