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    911-Have you ever had to call?

    created by bluedolphin 11 days 12 hours 21 minutes ago

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    911-Have you ever had to call?

    Hey everyone,

    Have you ever had to call 911? I have a friend who is a 911 operator and she has shared some unbelievable calls that have come in.

    I have been fortunate enough to have not needed to call 911 but it got me thinking about how many people do and under what circumstances.

    The thought of having to call is pretty scary to me.

    So have you had to call 911? What was the situation you were dealing with? What was your interaction like with the 911 operator?

    Thanks for reading!

    Kathy

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    I sorta had to call 911, but it was more of calling our police station to let them know what was going on. I actually called them twice in one night. The first time was because a particular relative who was really close to me, who was seventeen at the time, was having this big argument with her mother, and she was threatening to run away and it seemed like she was talking of harming herself. The mom had been trying to take her phone away, as this girl was in communication with a guy who was bad news and was not at all to be trusted. My relative started screaming that she needed her phone, and that's when she started to pack her things into a backpack and threatened to leave. The police were able to come quick enough, but she was just in a state of "you can't tell me what to do", and she was using the fact that she was seventeen to do as she liked. After the police left, noting that things just needed to calm down, she ran away.

    I called the police again, but there wasn't much they could do, as she was seventeen, so they couldn't force her to come home if they did find her, but they did put a notice out to other police officers to keep an eye out for her just in case. It was really scary, but luckily she's doing better now and has gotten help. She came home the next evening, so that was a huge relief.

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    Hi,

    A few months ago I called 911 for the first time. I was on a train headed downtown and as the doors were closing, I noticed a woman who appeared to be having a heart attack. I couldn't get off at that stop because the doors had already closed so I got off at the next stop and called 911. They called me back a few minutes later for help locating her, but I couldn't help because I wasn't there. I hope she got help!

    Monica M.

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    Hi Kathy!

    My cousin is a 911 operator, I'm sure he probably has had some interesting calls come in to him! I have called 911 on multiple occasions, I wonder if I call too often? Whenever I see an accident and there is not anyone there already, I will call to report it. If I see someone that is all over the road, and a danger to others, I will call. I have called about an ambulance I saw that has black coming out of the exhaust. I have called when I saw flames coming out of the hood of a car. I have called about a woman sitting in the backseat with her child, who had to have been less than 2 years old, and the child was in her arms, with the car seat right next to them! The list could go on.

    The way I see it: I would rather report something and have it turn out to be nothing, or get help to someone quicker, then not to say anything and then someone be harmed because of it. Better safe than sorry, right?

    Thanks for the post!
    ~Beth

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    Hey Kathy!

    The other day I was driving home and traffic stopped in front of me. I kept driving and then a man runs in front of my car followers by a woman with a baseball bat.

    I called the police right away and it seemed like a fine convo with the operator although it didn’t sound like there was much urgency and I don’t know if anything was done or checked out!

    -bella

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    Hi Kathy,

    I feel fortunate that I have never called 9-1-1 for anything. Of course it is imperative to call if there is an accident or a medical emergency so people in trouble or pain can get the help they need. Or if you are a witness to a serious or violent crime (mugging, rape, arson, assault, homicide, etc.), or there is the potential for harm.

    However, I am deeply troubled by a recent spate of people calling 911 to report minor annoyances or infractions, particularly where it concerns people of color. Too often a routine police call escalates into unwarranted violence and hostility because of racism or because tempers flare. There may be other ways to lodge complaints with appropriate authorities, depending on the situation.

    This is a serious situation, with lives in the balance, so I hope that people would stop and think about what the end result could be before they automatically call 911 in cases where there is no threat to life, limb, or livelihood.

    Didn't mean to get on a soapbox, these were just my thoughts regarding 911.

    Thank you for listening,
    -Janine

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    Hi Kathy,

    I have never had to call 911 before, however, when my daughter was around 3 years old, she accidentally dialed 911, I was so shocked when a police officer showed up at my door just to make sure everything was ok! At least I know it works .

    I have heard sometimes people get so nervous, they forget the number or they just freeze up, hopefully if I ever have to do it, I don't freeze up.

    Have a wonderful Thursday!

    Karen

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    Hi Kathy,
    My husband is actually a communications officer at 911! At times you can go up and listen to calls and things like that and some of them are unbelievable!

    I have had to call 911 before, the most memorable is when we had a back draft in our pellet stove and flames were shooting out. My husband and brother in law also volunteer at the fire department, so anyway, I called said there were flames shooting out, while on the call it died down so I was like... “ohh never mind, it’s good now”. Then another back draft and flames were shooting out again, I had to tell them maybe they better come . I was so embarrassed! Everything was good in the end. But my husband did replay the call and laugh at me!

    Thanks for the topic,

    Mel

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    Hey,

    It was three weeks ago and the first time I have to call 911. My smoke alarm went off while I was cooking. I didn't know why but I call 911 just to be on the safe side and making sure nothing was wrong with my house.

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    Hello!

    Interesting question!

    I feel like my family has had to dial 911 a unusual amount of times, growing up I think we called the police and/or the fire department to our house 3 different times! Once for a fire, once when my dad fell on his head and was knocked unconscious, and the time I called 911 I was about twelve when my parents and adolescent brother got into a physical altercation.

    It was pretty scary talking to the operator as a kid, when it's a potential domestic they ask you to describe your family members, height, age, hair color etc. They sent an officer over to diffuse the situation and nothing major happened, but it's not something I'll ever forget!

    Jess

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    Hi, no I have never had to call 911 for a real emergency and I hope that I don't have to but I must admit that when I was 5 years old I called 911 when I was at home and then hung up and they called back to see if there was a problem. My mom had a local policeman come and explain how 911 was only for real-life emergencies and not a game. I just remember that I thought it was cool that a police officer came to visit me.

    - W

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    Hi Kathy,

    Fortunately I have not had to call 911 before. I haven’t been in any big emergencies where I’ve had to call it. I imagine it would be quite the job, rewarding, yet hard. I appreciate what the operators do at their job.

    Thanks for the post!

    ~Jon

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    Hey Kathy!

    I've enjoyed chatting with you through our forums here the past few months as well!

    I, unfortunately, have had to call 911. A year and a half ago I was working on some projects outside of my townhouse. I was using my spot welder (like I've done a million times) and the wind took a small spark, and turned it into a huge flame. I ran inside to get something to put it out, but in the 30 seconds it took me to get my fire extinguisher, it was out of control. I called 911 and they got there in minutes, but it felt like eternity as the fire spread. Thankfully, no one was hurt and the damage was just to grass and some siding. Still, it was easily the scariest and worst day of my life to date.

    I was so grateful to those fire fighters that day. They were so understanding, even though I felt like the biggest idiot on the planet. I'd caused this huge problem, and they gave me grace. They truly are heroes!

    I'm glad we have the ability to call 911 and get a quick response. These trained professionals are rock stars.

    Thanks for the forum!
    Megan

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    A former girlfriend threatened suicide after I told her we were done as a couple. She phoned the threat as I was on my way to a rehearsal (where else?) Any way, I was in the rehearsal but distracted so finally I apologized to the other band members and called the Suicide Hotline. They take every call seriously and transferred the call to 911. I described the problem as I was driving back to her apartment. By the way, it is illegal to talk on your phone while driving but when you're talking to 911 they don't care. The police arrived at the apartment before I did. Girlfriend had overdosed on Oxycontin and vodka and was in a coma. The ambulance pulled away as I drove up. If I had not called when I did, she would not have made it.

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    i have never called 911. ive been in situations where i could of but didn't because there were older adults with me. i think i might have called 911 when i was a kid and stupid as a prank but i dont know...hopefully not lol.

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    I've never had to call 911 but there was one time when I was in a car accident and no one was hurt but my mom called 911 just to report the accident and double check that everything and everyone was okay!

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    Hi,

    When my son was about eighteen months old he had a seizure and his lips and body started to turn blue afterward. I called 9-1-1 and the dispatcher was wonderful kept me somewhat calm, told me step by step how she was calling the paramedics and when they were on the way. She walked me through what to do for my son. When the paramedics arrived my son had come to. We took him to the doctor, she did blood work and he had a bacterial infection. His fever went up so quickly it was too much for his brain and he had a fever induced seizure .

    It was one of the scariest moments in my life. I am so grateful for 9-1-1 workers they are amazing!!!!

    Great topic!

    Thanks for the forum,
    Karen

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    Good morning, Kathy.

    Yes, I have to call 911. The one and only time was when my family was on our way to our 1st vacation in many years just a few weeks ago!

    We left super early, 3 AM. We were only about 20 minutes into our drive. We were on the highway and a car came driving passed us on our left. The driver then veered a bit into the middle lane in front of us, then back to the left. He put on his left turn signal (he was already in the far left lane) and made a lane change two lanes to his right! He then went back in front of us and nearly rear ended a semi. After that the driver went back to the left lane. We were entering a construction zone where the driver struck a barrel and the driver was headed for the a piece of heavy equipment and the operator who was working. After he hit the barrel the driver kept driving.

    I was on the phone with a 911 operator for what seemed like an eternity. We went through 3 or 4 cities before the police were able to catch and pull the driver over. We didn't want to pass this person because we were afraid of getting hit. The 911 operators had us stay on the phone, continue to follow the driver and turn our hazard lights on so the police knew where we were and it made it easier for them to find who we believed to be a drunk driver. It was really scary. My younger brother got his cell phone out and videoed the event.

    Thanks for reading!

    Have a great Saturday.


    Jon