Hello folks and welcome to another installment of the Emergency Services Series I have been working on in class for my Masters program. The first part involved the K-9 Unit of the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department, the second involved Joel Thompson of Plainwell EMS, and this part features Allegan County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Brown. I hope you enjoy another story from the field of emergency services.
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By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Good afternoon folks! A lot of different things have been going on with Jabber Log lately. The topics have somewhat shifted since I started my Masters program. The range of topics has gone from mostly personal stories to stories that are centered on specific topics. I feel that it has gone well since there is always a need for new content. It helps me learn more and keeps you, the reader, interested in what I am talking about. The format is going to change slightly with the addition of podcasts and live broadcasts. I will continue to type up posts but I want to move Jabber Log in a more engaging direction.
With that said, I have been accepted to an internship with an Internet radio company. I’ve always wanted to be involved in radio so when I saw that the company was looking for a social media intern I jumped at the chance. I will be involved in pushing content to different social media outlets and the company is also going to help me prepare and master the art of podcasting, interviewing and hopefully creating my own show. It’s going to be very interesting and it is my goal to share it with you on Jabber Log.
One of the first projects we are working on is acquiring 250 votes to be considered for a $250,000 grant that Chase is giving away to a few lucky small businesses. With that said I ask that you go and vote for PWRTALK! Help us get the votes by this Saturday June 30 2012. We appreciate your help and support. Below I have added a message from Lillian Cauldwell, CEO of Passionate Internet Voices Talk Radio Inc.
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Please vote for the PWRTALK so the network can be considered for a $250K small business grant which will help us continue to support our hosts, guests, and programming along with helping our world community.
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There you have it folks! Please go to the link provided and help us out! As for the podcasts and such on Jabber Log, I have many ideas and people who want to participate. It’s going to be a fun time so stay tuned!Post Views: 23
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Hello everyone! It’s been about two weeks since my last post here and the break was definitely needed. I have been hard at work and between, family, school, work, and personal projects, I really needed to step back a moment and prioritize. During my break I was able to finish school and design my personal website. It will included my portfolio among other items. As of right now I have the homepage and blog portion completed. I just have to finish up on four more pages and it will be revealed to all.
All of that has lead to one thing, graduation. My school is based in Winter Park Florida so that meant I would have to take a vacation. I know, Florida is so horrible this time of year, (playful sarcasm) but I can’t miss my own graduation. The excitement of it was becoming unbearable as early as last week. As Friday approached the local news station warned of winter weather. I figured it was a crock since this winter in West Michigan has been nothing compared to previous winters. I think it has snowed maybe five or six times and even then it didn’t stay.
Friday morning, or two days ago, I woke up at 3am to get ready for work. I walked outside and it was snowing but not like I had heard. My car was barely covered and I figured my team and I would have an easy day in dispatch followed by an easy drive for my family and I. The Gods and Goddesses of winter must have heard my cocky remarks about the weather and they let us have it! Dispatch was busy with slid-offs and accidents everywhere. We had only so many officers working but we kicked ass like we always do. It also helped that my co-worker Whitney hooked everyone up with some awesome BBQ pulled pork. Although we had good food the powers that be continued to grace us with snow so our eating time was limited.
After kicking ass at work and saying my good-byes I headed home to get the family and head out on our long trip to Florida. After packing the car and getting some last minute items we were off. Our first stop was at the local BK to get some fastfood and my 6 month old daughter Lola was already tired of being in her seat. She was fussing so my wife decided to sit in back to keep her company. It was just what the doctor or Lola ordered and she was good to go. The snow was coming down hard and when we got to Benton Harbor the snow was really bad. White-out conditions and no windshield fluid made it tough but we made it out fine. At one point I couldn’t even tell where the road was.
“You should see this.”
“I don’t want to look.”
I shoved more fries in my mouth as I tried to figure out where the highway was. Luckily the smart folks at the Michigan Department of Transportation decided that rumble strips between lanes would be best. Indeed they were correct because that was the only way I knew I was within my lane. The snow was like this until we passed Indianapolis. After that the roads were clear and I was on a mission to get as far as I could before switching with my wife. Now remember in the beginning I said I woke up at 3am for work. It was almost 3am when we hit Kentucky and I was beginning to wind down. The kids were asleep as well as my wife but when I stopped to put gas in she ended up in the drivers seat. I was relieved and ready for a nap. We took off and I crashed out.
I remember dreaming something crazy and someone was pushing me. I awoke out of a deep sleep and it had been my wife trying to wake me up.
“WHAT’S WRONG!? ARE YOU OK?”
Rebecca looked at me with her eyes half open,
“I don’t think I can make it.”
“How long have I been asleep?”
“An hour or so…I think.”
I laughed and applauded the fact that she took the wheel for me.
“I’m sorry, you know that when it’s dark out I want to sleep.”
“It’s cool, I had a cat nap and I’m ready to go.”
We stopped at the next restarea and I hit the road with a bag of beef jerky and a couple cans of Red Bull. We were making pretty good time and the kids were doing great. The whole trip was pretty easy and I was proud of Lola because she hates her carseat. I don’t know if she just gets bored or if she gets hot but she will pitch a fit. Until this point of the trip she had been fine but the last 2 hours were HELL! She fussed here and there but nothing big. The traffic blew and for whatever reason the people of Florida wait a few minutes after the traffic light has turned green to take off. I mean, geez people! Punch the gas already! We were all getting hot and ready to be done. The very last leg of the trip was where Lola had had it. She definitely let us know where to put it in baby talk and when we finally reached our destination I wanted to kiss the grass and roll around in it.
It was a good trip overall but man that last part about killed us. I would like to thank the excellent people of Combos, Jack Links Beef Jerky, and Red Bull. Without your contributions to society I would have not made this long trip on minimal sleep. Thank you to my family for hanging in there and we left on Friday at 7pm and arrived Saturday in Florida at 5pm. Despite everything that attempted to hold us back we pushed forward and that’s how you go from Michigan to Florida in 22 hours.Post Views: 47
By Ricardo — 5 years ago
Good afternoon everyone! The past couple days have been a whirlwind. I mean this in the greatest way possible too! Within the Trenches was the basis of my Kickstarter project and yesterday, with 38 hours to spare on the campaign, the project was fully funded. That’s right folks, the project was funded and has surpassed its goal. It happened almost overnight and I can’t tell you how happy I am. Support came out of the woodwork and once it was said and done I jumped for joy, literally. I threw my arms up and yelled, “Woo hoo!” My 16 month old daughter Lola threw her arms up and squealed in excitement.
The outpour of support showed me that this is going to be an important show. It’s something that people want to hear and I am going to do everything in my power to make that possible. Your support for this project gives me a giant leap toward the overall goal. For those who are unaware, the project of Within the Trenches is based on the experience of being a 9-1-1 dispatcher. This will be done in the format of a podcast and it will highlight those that do the job and tell their story. It’s time to recognize the first “first responders” and that’s what I intend to do. Thank you so much to everyone who pledged and believed in this project. For those who pledged for rewards, those will be taken care of in the weeks to come. Please look out for an email from me soon. So, without further ado, I present to you the second episode of Within the Trenches. May you learn a lot from us; the Unsung Hero’s of emergency services.Post Views: 26