Hello and welcome back to another episode of Within the Trenches. I’m home from a fun filled week with the 9-1-1 community of the state of Indiana. I had an excellent time and I met a lot of new people. Thank you so much for making me feel at home. The support has been great and it has been an honor to help tell your stories.
In this episode I sat down with Kevin Willett of Public Safety Training Consultants (PSTC) to talk about what he has been up to since we last spoke, his classes at this years Indiana NENA conference and where he will be next. This is a must listen so check it out and share. For more information on Kevin and PSTC please follow the links below.
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Episode topics –
- “Spirit to Serve”
- “They Said What?”
- Disgruntled employee scenario
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By Ricardo — 3 years ago
Welcome to episode 119 or 9-1-1 of Within the Trenches. In this episode I had the chance to speak with Brianna, deputy director with Benton County Office of Emergency Communications in Arkansas and show regular, Rob “Big Mac” McMullen, director of Vigo County out of Indiana and 1st VP of NENA. We recorded live from the Hilton in Columbus, Ohio for the NENA Standards and Best Practices Conference as well as the Critical Issues Forum. This episode was a lot of fun to record and we covered a lot of topics so please make sure to check it out and share.
As always if you have any questions or would like to be a guest on the show send an email to email@example.com.
Episode topics –
- Brianna’s 9-1-1 story
- Brianna’s first 9-1-1 call
- Project #IAM911
- Dogs ate owner call
- On the go CPR
- Illinois conference decal offer
- And more
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By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Being a father has got to be the best job in the world. I mean, don’t get me wrong here. I love being a 9-1-1 professional and all but being a dad? It’s awesome! I have three children and yes I said it, THREE children. If you know my story with my eldest son then you know what’s up and I will always be his dad. There are many adventures that come with being a father and hell, being a parent in general. In this post I want to share some stories with you that makes fatherhood a blast for me.
I have always enjoyed designing different things. There is something about sitting down and zoning on a project that appeals to me. Well my son Logan is the same way in that sense. He has always loved Lego’s and building blocks and when he builds something he zones in and creates the coolest things. For example there was a time when he was in his room building and he yelled for me. I went into his room to see what was up and he asked me if I could help him figure out how to make some blocks stand. I tried a couple times and told him it couldn’t be done. I saw the wheels turning in his head and he told me he was going to figure it out. Now, Logan was around five or six years old at the time and I figure he was going to remain stuck until he yelled for me again.
“I GOT IT, I GOT IT!”
I looked down and asked what it was and he replied with, “It’s a suspension bridge dad.” The boy built a suspension bridge out of building blocks. It was amazing! It made me proud to see that he didn’t give up. He has even built stuff from Star Wars just by looking at the box. He later modifies it to his liking but wow! Logan you are an amazing boy and I love you very much.
Now…have you ever heard the saying, “She has you wrapped around her little finger?” Well when I was told that this would happen to me when my daughter Lola was born I thought I would be able to stay strong and bypass it but I was wrong. Ever since she was born I have been wrapped around her little finger. She is clever, funny, and gets into everything. She’s one and a half and repeats everything we say. I find this to be awesome but when I slip up she catches it. For example, I have a bad habit of saying, “damn it.” So one time I said it after dropping something in the kitchen and Lola happened to be right there. I had hoped that she didn’t hear me but sure enough she did.
Yep she yelled it in her cute little baby girl voice and I chuckled but quickly told her not to say that. She looked confused and said it again as if testing it out. I told her again to stop and she smiled and walked off. I think I’m going to be in trouble later on with her but I love her to death.
As I mentioned above I have three children. My eldest is 13 and although we have not interacted we have had some run-ins. One of those run-ins was downtown Zeeland while I was recording some b-roll for a project I was working on. While recording we ended up face-to-face. We stared at each other for a moment before turning away. I wanted to say hi but I was following his mom’s wishes so I let it go. Believe me when I say it killed me inside to not say anything. As I walked away I looked back a few times and I noticed that he continued to watch me. Did you recognize me Richie? As time has gone on there have been more random run-ins and most recently my family and I were at one of the Tulip Time Festival parades and saw him marching in band. It was crazy to see him marching because I used to be in the band and I marched as well. I can’t explain how good it felt to see him doing that and Logan was excited as well.
I’m proud of my children and very happy to be their father. There is always an adventure that comes from them and I thank the good lord every day for allowing me the awesome privilege of being a father. I love you very much and although I am going to be out of town for father’s day the best gift is having all of you.Post Views: 230
By Ricardo — 8 years ago
Happy Birthday Abuela. It’s been a few years since you passed but it seems like it was just yesterday that you and I were heckling each other. I remember how you would be in the kitchen making tortilla’s for us and I would walk in and snatch one out of the bowl. You would laugh and tell me that you saw me and I would poke the side of your waist only to have you raise the rolling pin at me and say in Spanish,
“You better watch out because I will get you.”
I miss that, I miss you. I remember that your birthday was huge and we would all get together to celebrate. We would all pile up in the van or the wagon and head over to Tia Mary and Tio Steve’s house. The entire family as well as good friends of the family would show up to celebrate. You were and still are very special to us. I remember the men of the family would each take their turn grilling while the women chilled with the kids or prepared side dishes inside. All of us kids would be running around like fools and you would be under the shade smiling and watching over us. We would play volleyball until the wee hours of the morning and I just remember you laughing and enjoying yourself so much. I miss all of this and especially you. What I miss the most are your jokes and of course the heckling. Your sense of humor was refreshing and I think it helped in molding mine. I think one of your biggest jokes was the fact that you said you only knew Spanish. I remember going grocery shopping and you walking off to the deli to get lunch meat. You would eventually find us and you would have a pound or so of salami and Colby cheese. I wonder how you always got it with no problem? You once let your joke slip when you offered Becky some Mango. She remembers trying a piece and you asking in English,
“Did you like it?”
She answered you and did a double take only to witness you chuckle at her and put your finger up saying, “Shhh”
I think you knew a little more then you lead on, but that’s what I love about you Abuela. As I sit here thinking about you I am trying to fight back my tears. My glasses are wet from the ones that got away but I have to remind myself that you are in a better place and besides; it’s your birthday. This should be a happy time so I am going to man up and smile. By the way, yesterday it was completely gloomy outside and I wondered if it was going to be nice today so that Logan could walk in the parade. It turned out to be beautiful outside and we were able to watch Logan in the parade. I think you may have had something to do with this. You made today beautiful Abuela. Happy Birthday once again and I miss and love you very much!Post Views: 285