Good afternoon folks! I’m back with episode 37 of Within the Trenches. In this episode I started the “Podcast Plug Exchange.” I was approached by Brad Kirsch and I am very happy to be doing this with him and others who want to participate. The Podcast Plug Exchange is meant to help fellow podcasters spread the word on their show. So you would provide me a brief description of your show and an image to be added to the post and your information will be given out during an episode of the show.
With that said it has been an interesting week! This past Monday was my last day in dispatch. It was surreal and bittersweet. Working in dispatch has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. It is something that can never be replaced. I have made such great friends and the calls we took together are ones that no one else will ever understand. I want to say thank you to everyone in the 9-1-1 community and I appreciate everything! For more information on Brad Kirsch and The Digital Entrepreneur Podcast make sure to follow the links below. As always you can email the show at email@example.com and don’t forget that if you want to buy a t-shirt for the show you can use the promo code GET10 for 10% your purchase.
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Podcast Plug Exchange
911 call – Man in snowblower
911 call – Man missing jaw
Last day of work & sign off
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
With Halloween only a few days away it made me think about all the costumes and characters I’ve played over the years. If I remember correctly, almost every one of my costumes were homemade. Halloween USA wasn’t around yet and store bought costumes were not all that glamorous. I mean, if you wanted to have an awesome Halloween costume you made it. For me it was almost like Christmas because my mom wouldn’t show my siblings and I the end result until it was finally ready to go. She had to hem different parts of the costume here and there but it was only a section at a time. When it was finally done it was like opening a present on Christmas morning.
I remember one year I was the headless horseman. To make the costume work my mom cut a hole out of an old Pampers box for me to wear over my head. There was a liner around the bottom so that my neck wouldn’t get shredded and holes up top so that I could see and breathe. I wore one of my dad’s button-up shirts and a cape wrapped around the top to give it that “headless” effect. It turned out great and my mom received a lot of compliments for it too. I was also Spot from the old 7up commercials, Dracula, and many more but the best homemade costume I ever had was the year I was Raccoon Mario from Super Mario Bros. 3. I was around 10 or 11 and the game was epic. I was addicted to it and that’s what I wanted to be for Halloween. The costume had everything! I was the happiest kid around with the coolest costume. Many years later my eldest son was Luigi from Super Mario Bros. We were both around the same age and what gets me the most is that we have not seen each other in years and that’s what he chose. I have not had any interaction with him, which if you have read my previous posts you would know why, since he was almost 2 years old. He would have had no knowledge of me being Mario when I was his age. What are the odds huh?
Homemade costumes just seem to complete the fun of Halloween. Sure you have the candy and the parties but making your own costume just tops it off. Retail stores offer some fancy costumes now but some of them are just too expensive. It almost takes away from the creativity of it all but it’s the convenience that sometimes gets the best of us. One of the best costumes I’ve seen comes from my wife. One year she made a costume for our son and my eyes exploded when I saw the end result. I was seriously jealous when our son had it on because I wanted a costume for myself. Now if you didn’t know from my previous posts, I’m a huge Mega Man fan and if you don’t know who that is then Google it or dust off your old Nintendo and go buy the game. When Mega Man 3 came out a new character named Proto Man was introduced. I told my son Logan about this character and after we played the game he was hooked. When my wife asked him what he wanted to be for Halloween he chose Proto Man. It was a tricky costume to complete but Rebecca did an excellent job with it. It was complete with an arm cannon and helmet and like I said before, I was very jealous.
So what were you growing up? Did your parents make your costumes or were they store bought? I think the only one I had as a kid that was store bought was a Charlie Brown costume and although I probably thought it was great back then, it looks pretty cheap to the standards of today. I guess it was cool either way but it would have been even more cool if I had put a sheet over my head and cut out several holes like Charlie Brown did in the cartoon. Comment below and let me know what you were growing up. I’d like to read about how creative everyone was back then and today. Have a great time Trick or Treating and Happy early Halloween to everyone from Jabber Log!Post Views: 284
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
For years now I have heard this after saying what I do for a living, “Wow, that sounds interesting. So what’s your best or worst call?” Now, I’ve heard this many times and at first I was annoyed with it. I never wanted to say what I did for a living but then I thought about it. Why exactly do people want to know about what I do? The general public’s curiosity made me even more curious. After talking to several people I found out that they want to know because it’s not something you hear about that often. What we do for a living is very interesting and people really want to hear our stories.
All this curiosity has made me more than happy to talk about what I do. I’ve been in this line of work for a long time and I have heard just about everything you can think of. I’ve taken suicidal calls, medical calls, shootings, funny calls, car chases, and many more. I could blow your mind with the calls I’ve taken and you would be left with the question, “How do you do this for a living?” My answer would be, “It’s what I do and I’m damn good at it.” I have also shared moments with my work family that will never be forgotten and to explain it to someone would only scratch the surface of those specific moments. It’s these stories that I want to share with people; the calls you don’t hear and are curious about.
One time I was working the night shift with two of my co-workers. The night was rather calm and I was on radios. We talked throughout the night, which seemed to drag on, and a trooper keys up on the radio and says that he’s checking a residence for a girl that was possibly being held there by her boyfriend. I asked if he wanted any status checks and he said he was 10-5. This means that he doesn’t need any status checks. My co-workers and I went back to chatting and a couple minutes into the call an officer yelled something that no one ever wants to hear.
“SHOTS FIRED, SHOTS FIRED, OFFICER HIT.”
I can’t describe the feeling that went over me but my co-workers and I jumped into action to get an ambulance out to the scene to stage and direct other officers to assist those who were out at the house. It was unnerving to be in the dark of what was going on out there. We knew the gist but the specifics were unclear. We helped by looking up info on the house and it’s possible occupants. Anything the officers asked for we did it. After that we sat there as each officer called out his or her perimeter location. The standoff lasted past our shift and when I got home I couldn’t sleep. After a while I had to force myself to go to bed. When I woke up I looked online for the news story. It turned out that the suspect was arrested, one person died, and the officer who was shot was fine.
Moments like this happen at any time and I’ve seen my fair share. My experience in dispatch is not only interesting but it’s amazing. It’s something I want to share with everyone and I want you, the readers of this blog, to know more about what we as 9-1-1 dispatcher’s go through during these moments. It is also the basis of a Kickstarter project I started that will include a live podcast featuring the stories of 9-1-1 dispatchers. This podcast would give you a better idea of what we do and deal with. It will also start with dispatch but eventually I would like to add police, fire, and EMS. I will provide a link below to the Kickstarter page for pledges and rewards. Any help you can provide would be appreciated. My fellow dispatchers and I have many stories and this is just one way you can hear about them.
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By Ricardo — 4 years ago
Ahoy hoy! I’m back with episode 83 of Within the Trenches. This episode is part of a series of episodes I recorded at the 2015 Indiana NENA/APCO conference and expo. I had an excellent time there and this episode added to the fun. In this episode I finally and I mean finally got the chance to sit down with Ty Wooten, NENA Education Director who I have been trying to get on the show for almost a year now. We have been talking about it and talking about it but our schedules never matched up.
Ty is joined by show regular Rob McMullen, NENA North Central Region Director and Director of Vigo county 911. This is an episode you do not want to miss. We had so much fun doing our mic check that I added it in the beginning. This episode is not only educational but it’s 18 different kinds of funny. I hope you enjoy it and please share it with everyone you know.
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- Funny mic check intro
- How Ty started in 911
- Ty’s first 911 call
- NENA education
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