Hello everyone! Within the Trenches is back with episode 52 featuring Jeff, the Director of Monroe County Central Dispatch and 1st Vice President for Indiana NENA. The show is recording on location from the Marriott East in Indianapolis, Indiana for the annual Indiana NENA conference. In this episode Jeff shares his dispatch experience, the importance of continuing education, what the general public knows or doesn’t know about 9-1-1 and some advice to new and seasoned dispatchers. This is just one of several episodes coming up this week from the Indiana NENA conference so stay tuned for more.
Episode topics –
- Rising through the ranks
- Memorable dispatch moments
- Continuing education through NENA
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Good afternoon folks! Last night the Share A Story Giveaway between EcoBuns & Jabber Log closed. The stories have been reviewed and the finalists were chosen. Let me tell you, the stories are excellent and very funny! You can read them here, however, if you want to vote on the best one you need to go to EcoBuns Fan Page on Facebook and “Like” each story. Make sure to get all of your friends and families together to come over and vote! Good luck to the finalists!
well i guess my funniest and worse diaper change was when my son poop while in his jumparoo and I didn’t know it. Poop had went done both legs and he was jumping in it, when I picked him up my hand got poop all over it, than I tried to get his socks and baby legs off without touch more poop and when the sock came off poop slung all over the wall. My baby had poop up his back and all over him, it was awful but funny at the same time. I had to wash his jumparoo and mop the floor.
2. Doggie gets a SHAM-“POO”
Way back when my son was a newborn (almost 2 years ago) I was home alone for the first time – My husband had been on “vacation” for a week and a half and had gone back to work. I thought I was doing pretty good for dealing with “issues in my girly bits” and having a newborn son and two large dogs….I nursed the baby, snuggled with him, and felt the bum rumbles of baby poo. So I got up to change him, sure enough he exploded through his diaper and onesie. I get him all cleaned off, and He pees – it arcs in the air and “SPLASH!” right in his eye! I wipe him off, clean him up again, and just as I set his fresh little bum on the new diaper (before I close it up around him) he POOPS with the force of a super-soaker water gun – Projectile POO! I was able to jump out of the way and it got my pant leg just a little bit, but it got the rug and the DOG a lot! I Cleaned up the baby, put him in the bassinet, changed my pants, and bathed the dog. She looked humiliated, but I really couldn’t stop laughing! This was the first time she got pooped on, but definitely not the last!
3. Butt Bubbles
It was the day we brought my daughter home from the hospital. She needed a diaper change and since I was understandably exhausted my husband offered to change her so that I could rest and visit with my parents who’d come to see the baby. All of a sudden from her bedroom we hear, “Dude! Dude! Dude! Awwww duuuuuude!” (remember that Bud Light commercial from a couple of years back? Yeah, it was kinda like that). I go rushing back to see what’s going on. Turns out that sweet baby girl of mine started to pee when he took the diaper off. And if that wasn’t enough, she was also a bit gassy so that as the pee ran down her little bum she was blowing bubbles in it. We still laugh about it 2 1/2 yrs later!
4. Cloth is like a box of chocolates
My funniest, first and worst diaper change with cloth diapers was when I actually was trying on cloth for the first time with my son. I just want to see how things fit. We got the econobum 3 pre-fold trial package. I know I am suppose to wash it a few times before having my son in them, but being that my son has never had cloth and I’ve been dying to get my hands on some since I had my first born I was way too excited so I just fit it on him. Well he ended up peeing in there. Which of course he had to. I put the diaper on the wrong way and had to YOUTUBE it after everyone on ECOBUNS told me how to place it. So when I finally got it right put another one on and the cover on he POOPED! Its wasnt just a small poop either. It was a HUGE ONE! As I lay him down on the carpet wondering what I was going to do he looked at me, smile and SIGH. Thankfully my son is still breast feeding so we got the poo off clean. =) When I went to grab to grab some disposable, my son turned around and grabbed the last pre fold, mind you he’s all nakey at this pint, he ended up crawling up to the pre-fold sitting on it and peeing on it. Looks like my son is wanting to be on clothPost Views: 433
By Ricardo — 8 years ago
Well folks we’re approaching that time of year again! Soon enough we’ll all be huddled around the Christmas tree opening presents and sharing good times and laughs. We’ll also be overeating, drinking, and passing out in a mountain of Christmas wrapper…well, maybe not but the point is that everyone will be having fun. To stay in the spirit of having fun and celebrating Christmas, I thought I’d do a top ten list that brings me back to my childhood and the gifts that made up that era. I know there are a lot of them but I picked the ones I felt everyone had at one time or another.
First off is one of my all time favorites. Transformers will always be the best toys out there but they have to be the originals. The toys were heavy like you would imagine a robot to be and they were metal. They could have been considered a deadly weapon and when your siblings are annoying you; except no substitutes. I had a few Transformers and out of all of them, my favorites were Soundwave, because of the awesome mini cassette robots, Megatron, because it actually turned into a gun, and non other than Optimus Prime. I mean, who didn’t like Prime? When I got it, it came with the trailer that transformed and I thought I was the king! No other toy compared to the leader of the Autobots. It was an excellent present but note to self, make sure to pick up your toys or you’ll come home to a yard sale and another kid is walking off with your prized possession. Thanks mom!
Back in ’92 Sega was coming out with some good games but not all of them could compete with Nintendo and their powerhouse of gems. I was an avid Nintendo gamer and felt that nothing could top it until Sonic the Hedgehog surfaced. This game was set to take on all comers and it did just that. My brother and I wanted the bundle for Christmas and it was something that he asked Santa for as well. We had been good all year and we were drooling for Christmas morning. On Christmas Eve though, we would open presents from our parents and then open presents from Santa and our Grandmother the following morning. It was an excellent night and a night my mother will never forget because she just happened to mix up the presents and Santa came early. I’d explain it but I have a short video that captures the moment.
I’ve always been into music and back in the day I loved to play the drums. I had asked for a drum set but my parents decided to get me something much better, or at least something electronic. So on Christmas Eve I opened up a present my parents would regret until it finally broke. I believe they found a way to destroy them without me know but I will never know for sure. The Hit Stix were a pair of drum sticks that had a cord connected to them and a speakerbox. The box had a clip for your waistband and included volume and sound effect buttons. Once you hit them against something the sound came through the box and it made for hours of fun. What made it even more fun was that you could air drum and it would still make a sound effect. It was a grand present and although my parents wanted to blow up the sticks, I’m sure they were content with my happiness…maybe.
Back in the early 90’s I played a lot of Tiger Handhelds. My favorites were Ninja Gaiden, Double Dragon, and Batman: The Movie. The games were the equivalent of a handheld Poker game but it was fun! The games of today are far more superior than the Tiger games but at that time they were the stuff. I remember going to the Meijer in Jenison, MI every other weekend and my parents would buy my brother and I a Tiger game. One Christmas I got the Batman handheld and I played that game until I beat it. It was amazing to me at the time and it was so amazing that I decided to take it apart and put it back together. I wanted to see how it worked and although I got into a lot of trouble for destroying my games, I see it as one of the reasons I am into electronics and technology in general today.
How many of you were lucky enough to get a Nintendo Game Watch? I know I wasn’t but a couple of my cousins were and at that time I thought those watches were the best thing since sliced bread. I mean, think about it; Super Mario Bros. and Zelda on your wrist to play whenever you want? Oh yeah! The games were killer but they were expensive too. I remember playing around with one that was on display at a store named Hills in Holland, MI and it was cool but for over $100? I don’t think so. My parents were not about to get me that and looking back at it now, they had no real graphics and the controls sucked! I would have had more fun with a Tiger handheld anyway but back then, the Nintendo Game Watches were top sellers.
Please tell me that you remember Garbage Pail Kids? The cards were disgusting and awesome! I remember getting packs of those and trading with my friends and family. It was cool to bust out the most disgusting one and heckle my siblings or my mom with it. I think the worst one was the kid who had popped all the pimples and was covered in pimple juice. The Garbage Pail Kids were so cool that they made a movie and yes I have it at home. I don’t remember the plot line but remember how shocked I was at the time to see them on screen and alive rather than on cards with no movement. If you were a kid of the 80’s or 90’s then you mostly likely had some Garbage Pail Kids floating around or maybe even some Madballs. Remember those?
Oh Simon, how I hate thee. This game is very addicting and can also contribute to high blood pressure. The game itself seems easy but it’s harder than you think. You have four different colors on a circular board that light up and have their own sound. Just like “Simon Says” you have to follow the pattern in the exact same way that Simon does. If you fail you lose. It starts out slow but once you get further it adds colors and the pattern gets harder. As I mentioned before I hate the game but in the same sense I love it because it’s addictive and I won’t let Simon get the best of me. I think the best part of the game was the commercials. It always showed kids walking up to the game and challenging it. They made the commercial look like an epic duel and made you want to take on Simon.
Crossfire was a game, like Simon, that had an epic commercial that made you want to beg your parents for it even if it meant rolling around on the floor like a fool. The game board was built like an arena and pitted two people against each other to see who could get the most points. At the end of each side was a gun with silver marbles as ammo. Each player would shoot their ammo at their opponents game piece in order to knock them out of the arena or game board. The game was fast paced and very fun but I hated that the balls would get stuck in the guns.
You sunk my battleship! I love playing Battleship and when the talking electronic version came out it seemed to make it that much more awesome! It probably wasn’t that awesome but the guy yelling and talking was almost like bacon, it makes everything better. So what more can I say about this superb game except for that your parents were probably tired of hearing the game voice and listening to you and your sibling(s) fight over who won and who might have been cheating. Either way it was a fun game and the electronic talking added to its complete awesomeness. I also added the commercial at the end of this post so that you take a trip back in time and reflect on how cheap yet cool this game was.
Finally we have Gloworms. They have been around for a long time and they were cool from what I remember. I had a green one and I believe mine simply lit up where others lit up and played music. The toys were soft, cute, and everyone had one back in the day. Gloworms are still around but they’re not the same. The other day my wife and I were at Target and found one but it wasn’t as cool as the originals. It was made by the same company but it looked like a knock off. The originals are always the best anyway.
There you have it folks! The Top Ten Christmas Presents from the 80’s and 90’s. I know I didn’t even scratch the surface on the best but that’s where you come in. What toys should have made it on the top ten list from the 80’s and 90’s?Post Views: 762
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Good evening folks! Whitney and I are back again with 1 of 2 new episodes of Within the Trenches. This week we Skype’d with Joshua of West Bloomfield Township PD in Michigan. The topic of this episode is one of great importance. No dispatcher or anyone out in the field ever wants to hear, “Shots fired. Officer down,” but it’s something that some of us have heard throughout our years of duty. If you’ve ever dealt with this then you know that a debriefing or speaking to your peers will help move on for the most part. Joshua shares a story with us that will pull at the strings of your emotions. Thank you very much for sharing this with us and helping others get through tough times.
Also within this episode a great organization is mentioned. The organization is MI-C.O.P.S., which stands for Michigan Concerns of Police Survivors. According to their official website,
“Reaching out to survivors and co-workers, Michigan Concerns of Police Survivors (MI-C.O.P.S.), an all volunteer organization, is a chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors. We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose sole purpose is to provide support to surviving law enforcement families and co-workers in rebuilding their lives after the traumatic and life-changing experience of losing an officer in the line of duty.”
For more information on this organization please follow the link below. This episode will show you that so much more happens after the call. We build a bond with our brothers and sisters out in the field and we thank you for all you do. For our brothers and sisters answering the call, a salute to you and everyone who has ever dealt with a fallen officer while on duty. On behalf of Whitney and I, we thank Joshua once again for this episode. Godspeed Officer Patrick O’Rourke, your brothers and sisters will take it from here.
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