She answered the call.
More than 25,000 times.
And on Tuesday, July 11, Sundee Nutter, 49, who was employed by Cecil's Department of Emergency Services as a call taker and dispatcher for more than 16 years, lost a short battle with cancer.
One day after Nutter died, Cecil County facilities maintenance staff hung mourning bunting outside DES and the Cecil Sheriff's Office. It's the first time that a dispatcher has been honored in such a way.
Nutter was known among the local police officers for her pride in and love for those she served.
"The role of a dispatcher is really Back the Blue. The ones who truly back us, sit behind the phone and the radio. We have one shot to call for help. The loss of Sundee Nutter, this is a dark day. It goes deep down. Bless the dispatchers and all of those feeling the effects of her untimely death," said Rising Sun police chief Chip Peterson.
Cecil Sheriff's Deputy Cpl. James Keller worked with Nutter for more than 15 years. "She was a great person. She cared for every one of us. She was one of my first dispatchers. She took care of everybody and kept an ear out for all of us. This is just a shame," said Cpl. Keller.
Nutter was also outstanding at her job.