My day in court - spent the day at the courthouse
I had to go to court yesterday.  And no, I didn’t do anything wrong; I wasn’t on trial.  I had to testify against a guy from a neighboring county that was on trial for misuse of 911.  And guess who was the *lucky* call taker who took that gem of […]

My Day in Court

Here’s another installment of pet peeves.  Are ya ready!  🙂 People that call 911 to report someone laying on the ground, but are unable/unwilling to answer any questions about that person.  They refuse to approach them to see if they are bleeding, asleep, breathing, etc.  I can’t count the number […]

911 Dispatcher Pet Peeves – Part 2

  I took a call last week from a mom that wanted to report her teenage daughter as missing.  Her daughter was 17 years old and had been hiking with a 16 year old male friend at a local state park – the same one where I often go hiking. I […]

Teenagers These Days (This momma was a little surprised)

  Speaking of needy … some people make really bad choices.  (OK, this is kind of a continuation of another blog post, Why I Blog (in case you were curious) – Part 1 and Why I Blog – Part 2 ) I find myself marveling sometimes at the amount of […]

Speaking of Needy … Bad Choices

911 Pet Peeves
  I am sure that every 911 dispatcher and call taker has their particular list of “pet peeves” – those things that happen, day in and day out, that make you grind your teeth in frustration, or make you want to bang you forehead on your console.  Here are my […]

911 Pet Peeves – My Version

Funny Abbreviations from Dispatch
I think I mentioned in a previous post about dispatch being based on abbreviations and 3-letter acronyms. Well, I wanted to share a few of those with you. These are by no means all of them, and I may find more and add another post on this topic. But here […]

Funny Abbreviations from Dispatch

Last call of the day yesterday, and it was worth the wait.  🙂 911 call came in, and I hear a female voice saying, “There’s a man at the door and he’s trying to kill me.”  I immediately ask for her address, but she’s not listening.  She’s just keeps repeating […]

“There’s a Secret International Crime Society at the Motel”

Female caller, reporting that her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend is threatening her, AND that said ex-girlfriend is keeping too many dogs: “She is already in so much trouble with the Attorney General of the Humane Society!” And then there’s the call from two nights ago: “I need the number for the sleep […]

Sometimes I Just Have No Words …

pet in the car 1
One of the calls we see an increase in this time of year is the “animal locked in a car” call.  Lots of people lock their pet in a car, thinking that they will “only be gone a minute.”  What can happen in the span of a minute or two?  […]

Don’t Leave Your Pet in the Car

A female caller, wanting to file a report of harassment: Me – “What exactly are they doing to harass you?” Caller – “They are texting me, bragging about their new fiancé, and I’m tired of hearing about it.” Emergency Life Coach Powers – Activate! Me – “Did you tell them to […]

Just call me “Emergency Life Skills Coach”!

Calls Like This Make Me Love My Job 1
In the past I have shared stories about funny call that I have taken. And there will be more of those, I promise – hopefully, every Friday. 🙂 But there are calls every so often that remind me of why I took this job in the first place; calls that […]

Calls Like This Make Me Love My Job!

Yeah, that’s what it looked like when I typed it yesterday at work. Not the “Wait, What?!?!?!?” part … but the reaction from the dispatcher and the medics was the same. Yeah, it’s time for a work story. 🙂 Call came in from a female that was moaning and groaning, […]

“74 YOF, PREGNANT” … Wait, What?!?!?!