Published: Jan 19, 2011 10:04 PM EST
Updated: Jan 19, 2011 7:18 PM EST

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. - A woman who has volunteered to work dispatch for the Coast Guard will be stepping down from her station after 30 years and 170,000 hours.

Betty Riddle began volunteering with the Fort Myers Beach Coast Guard in 1980, and if you add up her hours... 19 of which were spent answering 911 and distress calls, all as a volunteer.

"Its something you have to want to do, or like what you're doing. I have 2 grown sons and I always told them no matter what job you have, if you don't like what you're doing - don't do it," said Riddle.

To celebrate Riddle's retirement the Coast Guard has renamed their communications room "The Betty Riddle Communications Center" to honor her 30 years of time.

It's unknown how much money Riddle has saved the Coast Guard by volunteering since she's been the only one to hold it for the past 3 decades.