Good morning everyone! I’m back with another awesome episode of Within the Trenches. In this episode I tried something different from the norm. At the suggestion of two awesome 9-1-1 pro’s, Kristina and Shelley, I grabbed my digital audio recorder and walked the expo hall for spot interviews. I have to admit that it was a lot of fun and I was able to get some good audio.
Probably one of the most interesting parts of this episode dealt with THOR Shield that is made by Intrado. Monica, who works with the company, walked me through this massive mobile PSAP (Public-Safety Answering Point.) The trailer of this unit sits 17 dispatchers and has its own conference room on the second floor. I wanted to get some photos but was unable to. I was told that I can get some shots emailed to me and as soon as I get those I will post them up for all to see. I hope you enjoy this episode and as always you can email the show at email@example.com.
For more information on Intrado’s THOR Shield click here.
Episode topics –
Spot interview w/Kristina of Bartlett PD in Tennessee
Spot interview w/Rob of Queensland Police Service out of Australia
Tour of THOR Shield with Monica of Intrado
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By Ricardo — 8 years ago
On the heels of the post on my scary ass house, I thought I would share some stories from my childhood. I see them as interesting now but as a kid they scared the crap out of me…ok, they still scare me. During the time I lived in Fennville both of my grandmothers lived with my family. I loved having them there because of their love, warmth…and their stories. What interested me the most about them was the fact that they were both Curandera’s or Folk Doctor’s. I didn’t get to see a lot of what my fathers mom did but my moms mom performed stuff that I cannot explain. I remember families would bring their children to see my grandmother every now and then. The kid would be screaming and acting out. There would be a high fever and my grandmother would take them into the room and after a while they would come back and the kid would be fine. I always wanted to know what went on in her room and when I got older I finally got my chance.
A family had come over with a little boy who was completely out of it. He was running a fever and crying uncontrollably. My grandmother brought me into the room with her and the child. I was excited to finally see her in action but I was also scared. She laid the kid down on the bed and pulled out a cross made out of palm leaves and she had an egg. I watched as she did the sign of the cross over the child and said a prayer. After several minutes of this the child calmed down and then stopped crying all together. His fever had vanished and my grandmother took the egg, cracked it, and emptied it into a bowl she had near by. She then broke toothpicks in half and made crosses out of them. She placed them onto the egg and I shit you not, the egg began to fry. I can’t explain it and I don’t remember her exact explanation but she said that whatever it was that was bothering the child was transferred to the egg and cooked out. Now I know this sounds weird but it did happen and if you ask any Mexican family they probably have similar stories.
Along with this, there were stories that my grandmother used to tell my siblings and I growing up. They are stories that have been past down and they were probably told so that we could behave because we used to get rowdy around our grandmother. Whatever the reason, it did the trick. One story that has stayed with me is the story of La Llorona or The Crying Women. Grandma used to tell us that if we did not behave that La Llorona was going to come out and get us at night. I didn’t know the entire story when I was younger, but it sounded scary as hell. I mean, The Crying Woman? Hearing someone crying in the dark and seeing no one in the immediate area is creepy! So the story goes that a beautiful women named Maria killed her children by drowning them to be with the man she loved and in the end rejected her. It’s possible that the man was the father of her children but had left her for another women. Maria was devastated by the rejection of her man and killed herself. At the gates of heaven Maria was asked where her children were. Maria replied that she did not know and was told that she could not pass through the gates of heaven without her children. She now wanders the Earth for all eternity, searching for her drowned children. Her constant weeping is how she received her name. It has been said that she will kidnap wandering children or children who disobey their parents. People have claimed to see her at night or in the late evening searching around rivers, lakes, and oceans.
It’s pretty creepy if you think about it. There are more stories but this one is the one I remember most. What my grandmother did for families was unbelievable but it happened and it worked. The next time you are out on the river or wandering close to a lake, listen for the weeps. It’s possible to hear it during the day but at night is when the show happens. If it’s night time watch out for her and listen but be careful because La Llorona might just kidnap you.Post Views: 313
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
The election has come and gone but the one thing that has people talking, other than who was elected, is the recreational use and legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington. On top of that, two more states have legalized the use of medical marijuana. A total of 18 states have now legalized medical marijuana and this continues to be a hot topic. It also continues to be a tricky law when it comes to law enforcement. Last month, the idea of releasing a list of growers to the police was brought up at a council meeting in Escanaba, MI. Jabber Log was also able to meet with a local grower to express his feelings on the matter and how it could relate to an invasion of privacy.
According to dailypress.net, “Concerns regarding the state’s medical marijuana act has prompted Escanaba,” a city in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, “to develop a resolution addressing local issues with the state legislation.” Mayor Pro Tem Brady Nelson addressed the law. The dailypress.net went on to say that Nelson has, “encouraged area municipalities to join the bandwagon in voicing concerns on the legislation enacted in 2008.”
Prior to this meeting, members of the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team, known as UPSET, gave a presentation on drug abuse. Former member of UPSET, Commander Lt. George Sailer of the Michigan State Police was quoted by dailypress.net as saying, “one issue with the medical marijuana law is that police do not have access to the names of people who have cards allowing them to grow marijuana. The state does not give out the names because of patient confidentiality and medical privacy rules, he said.”
Nelson, the mayor of Escanaba, “recommends individuals contact their state representatives, including the governor’s office, to allow local control on marijuana grows and to provide law enforcement with a list of who can legally grow marijuana here,” said the dailypress.net. Now, this is where we went to speak with a local grower, who will be referred to as Esteban, to see what his thoughts were on the idea of local control of marijuana grows and the release of a list to law enforcement.
“The agreement that you sign when you become a patient says that they won’t release this information to anyone. There is a reason that you don’t want this information released.” Esteban goes on to say that, “law enforcement is held to a higher standard but they are still human. A leak to the public; who’s to say that wouldn’t happen?” If the idea brought forth by Nelson were to become a reality in not only his city but throughout the entire state of Michigan, would it be considered an invasion of privacy? The freedictionary.com defines invasion of privacy as, “the intrusion into the personal life of another, without just cause, which can give the person whose privacy has been invaded a right to bring a lawsuit for damages against the person or entity that intruded.” The site goes on to define it as the, “intrusion on one’s solitude or into one’s private affairs.”
The use and regulation of medical marijuana will continue to be a hot topic. The idea brought forth by Nelson is just that, an idea, and a recommendation. What do you think and how do you feel about the release of a list of growers to local law enforcement? Should this be covered under medical privacy? The whole interview with Esteban has been included within this publication. His voice and name have been altered for this piece.Post Views: 286
By Ricardo — 2 years ago
Imagine waking up on Saturday. The sky is blue and the sun is shining bright. You lean over to wake your husband. He doesn’t move. You turn him over and notice his lips are blue…you check him…no pulse. Your heart breaks…he’s gone. Now imagine you are 9-1-1, listening to the screams and wails of a wife who has lost her best friend and husband. She requests CPR instructions but you know it’s too late. This is what it’s like, Within the Trenches.
In this episode we will visit the #IAM911 movement, a movement I started to fight the reclassification of dispatchers from clerical to protective and bring awareness to the types of calls that 9-1-1 dispatchers answer on a daily basis.
Now…you heard the warning at the beginning but I must warn you again and add that if you suffer from PTSD or have suicidal tendencies you are listening at your own risk. The stories you are about to hear are all true and come from the dispatchers who lived them.
While some stories have a good outcome, the majority are horrifying. This is our reality. Your worst day is our every day.
So let’s start with a bang.
I want you to imagine each story. Become the dispatcher who has taken each call and imagine listening…Post Views: 294