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On Thursday, employees at the York County Department of Emergency Services were rewarded for their actions in 2016.

However, the winner of the Dispatcher of the Year award wasn't able to show up to accept his award.

Michael Bohlen, 23, of Springettsbury Township, died in late November when his heart stopped. He had been a dispatcher for five years.

Scott Bohlen, Michael Bohlen's father, and Laura Young, his mother, of Manchester, accepted the award on his behalf.

"It's bittersweet," Scott Bohlen, of Mount Wolf, said. Michael Bohlen had never before received the award.

Michael Bohlen had been chosen by his peers to receive the award.

"He did a fantastic job," Scott Bohlen said. "He was always talking about (his job)."

Michael Bohlen: His father said Michael Bohlen had gone to the York County School of Technology to be a dispatcher. Shortly after graduation, he started working at the 911 center.

"I'm very proud," he said. "He was awesome."

His mother called him a "jokester."

"He always knew how to make you laugh," Young said.

Scott Bohlen said his son always had an impact on the lives of others.

"I never met anybody who wasn't his friend," Young said.

"He had hundreds of people at the viewing," Scott Bohlen said, adding that the parking lot for it was completely filled.

Scott Bohlen said his son would often offer to work holidays so his co-workers with kids didn't have to spend part of the day away from them.

He said his son really enjoyed his job and had aspirations of being a police officer.

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Other awards: Two other employees received awards, Christina Stoppard, of Mountville, Lancaster County, and Michael Keiter, of Dallastown.

Keiter was named Supervisor of the Year, an award he has been given three times in his 35 years with the county.

"I'm very grateful, it's always good to be recognized," he said.

Stoppard was given the Administrative Support Specialist of the Year award for the first time in the four years she has worked there.

"I'm surprised that it was me because there are a lot of other people that deserve it, too," she said.

The three were recognized as part of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.

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