The field of emergency services has a big responsibility. They put themselves on the line every day in order to keep the public safe. When you call 9-1-1 for police, fire, or ems, you get to see them face-to-face. The ones you don’t see are the dispatchers on the other end. They are first in line when an emergency occurs and their role is vital to the safety of the public. Jabber Log recently sat down with Whitney Wilson, a 9-1-1 operator with Allegan County Central Dispatch, to see what she does and why she does it.
This article continues the Emergency Services Series that began a month ago to show another side that people don’t get to see. Everyone has a story to tell and according to 911dispatch.com, “There is no accurate source of figures on the number of full-time public safety dispatchers. One industry association claims there are 250,000 “public safety 911 professionals.” Out of those 250,000 this is just one story.
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
As of today I have four shifts left in dispatch. It has been a hell of an adventure. There are so many stories and close friendships that I have made that I have lost count. Yesterday my center held an open house for my assistant director and I. It was good to spend some quality time with my second family. My director and training coordinator said a few words and we all shared in the laughter and tears. At the end of the open house we sat around and told stories. It would have been a great episode to record but the memory will remain with me. It’s hard to put what I felt into words but it was great nonetheless.
I received a few cards from my co-workers, which were great but I waited to open them until I was in the office by myself and for good reason. The kind words left me speechless and I cried a little bit. I’m happy to start my new adventure but it is also hard to say goodbye. For example, one of my co-workers was leaving and she asked if she would see us in the next couple of days and we said no because we are on the opposite side. She stared for a moment and I asked, “Is this it?”
“Yes…” she replied.
I jumped up and gave her a hug and she told me to promise to stay in touch. It was a bittersweet moment. Thank you for always making me laugh Michelle! Before that I was in the office and my assistant director walked in. She asked if I was working the following day and I told her yes but it turned out that she would be gone before I got there. We hugged and said our goodbyes. It was an emotional farewell since we were both moving on from dispatch and she had been my trainer and one of my biggest supporters. Thank you Tammy for being there for me. I appreciate it more than you know. I am honored to have met and worked with you my friend.
It’s friendships like this that make it hard to leave but it is something I have to do. Now, there are many more people I have to thank but I will leave that for my next post. As of today I have four shifts left in dispatch. I’m on the homestretch but it’s hard to say goodbye.Post Views: 520
By Ricardo — 9 years ago
If you didn’t know already my wife is expecting our second child and we’re having a girl. Lola Mae Martinez will be making her debut around September 1st and I can’t help but wonder about the future. WTF am I going to do when the time comes that the Riffraff starts coming around? I know I should concentrate on the present but really what I am looking for here is to see how others deal with their daughters and the Riffraff that follow them around.
The thought plagues my brain because I know damn well that when the time comes I am going to be a protective douche. It’s probably bad of me to say about myself but I am trying to be honest here. I really want to put the fear of God in them so that they don’t cross the line. I mean it worked for me…somewhat. I remember back when I was dating my eldest sons mom in high school and her friends dad pulled out a rifle and cleaned it in front of us. I had gone to pick up my girlfriend and her friend and we were hanging out in the living room before we split for the movies. Our friends father had just arrived from work and he glanced at me, put his stuff away and sat down. He asked what was going on and they told him that we were going to the movies. He nodded his head, got up and walked over to his gun case that just happened to be next to me. He pulled out a rifle and sat back down.
“Where are you going again?”
He started to clean his gun and I about shat myself. I began to sweat and my nerves were all over the place. I was ready to tell him that we would simply stay and watch TV or I would just go home. Yep, I was that scared and this is the kind of impression I want to make on the Riffraff that will come in the future. I might go a little further and pull out a bullet and say,
“You see this bullet? I’m putting your initials on it. If you F up…well at least someone will be able to identify you.”
LOL! Now that would be funny but I’m sure I would either piss some people off or I would get into trouble but to all the fathers out there, you know what I’m getting at right? Short of buying a gun I want to do something to the effect of what my friend Dan and I did to his daughter. I think she was 14 or 15 and she was supposed to meet up with us for dinner. She was taking forever and Dan found out she was at the mall with her boyfriend. She was going to wait for us in the parking lot and Dan made the suggestion of pulling up fast on them and surround her boyfriends vehicle. We pulled up, blocked them in, and got out to bum rush his truck. Dan interrogated while I asked if I should call the rest of the guys or get the bat from the trunk. His daughter chuckled at first but eventually she asked for it to stop. I can only imagine that her boyfriend had a movement right there in the truck. Dan’s girlfriends along with my wife told us to chill but we were having too much fun.
This is what I am thinking of doing. Just a little something to show the Riffraff that I’m not messing around. How do you deal with it? Whether you are a mother or father I would like to know what options I have or situations you have experienced. Let me know, Jabber Loggers! I might just have to buy a shotgun so that I can clean it out when the Riffraff comes around. Or maybe I can just do what my father in law did to me when I asked his blessing to marry his daughter,
“Rich. I will only tell you once, if you hurt my daughter you will never be able to run fast enough and there is no place you can hide that I wouldn’t find you and hurt you.”
Yeah…that sounds like a plan.Post Views: 587
By Ricardo — 8 years ago
On October 8th, 2011 I wrote on the Jabber Log Fan page that I was thinking about recruiting some writers. I mentioned that I have a lot of stories to tell but that I felt I needed to expand. Well folks, it’s time to add some extra writers. I feel I have been doing a great job but I want to venture into something more. So far I have gathered an excellent group of writers to fill the need for posts on movies, music, books, video games, and technology. I’m still looking for a few more writers so if you are interested please shoot me an email at email@example.com. Also if you have any suggestions on topics to focus on please don’t hesitate to let me know. I have a lot of ideas swirling around in my head and I want to use Jabber Log as a platform to accomplish different goals.
One big thing I would like to do is help promote local events by doing a piece on them right before the event in order to generate a buzz. I believe all those involved can benefit from a little exposure and who knows what can happen from all of this. I will continue to post the way I normally do but now there will be added posts with new and fresh material. Every Wednesday there will be a new post on music from The Phoenix Philosopher, Thursday’s will focus on video games and technology, and Friday’s will feature movies. The first Tuesday of every month will feature an up and coming musician for “New Artist Tuesday”. I previously posted that it’s time to Occupy the Airwaves in order to get new music played on the radio minus the corporate backing. Who knows if it can work but it never hurts to try. In the end with new topics and added writers I feel that this will bring in more readers and continue the popularity that has followed this blog. I have posted many times that there is more to come and this statement is solid. I am very excited for the new things coming from everyone associated with Jabber Log and I thank you for everything. Happy reading my fellow Jabber Loggers. Cheers!Post Views: 520