Good afternoon and welcome back to another episode of Within the Trenches. This episode brings us closer to the end of my time at Indiana’s NENA conference. My time there was inspiring, educational and I can’t wait for next year. The stories covered have been amazing and today’s episode is right up there with the best of them.
In this episode I had the chance to speak to Kimberly, a dispatcher/CTO with Jennings County 9-1-1, John, director with Jefferson County 9-1-1 and Nicole, Assistant Director with Montgomery County Communications Center. We reflected on the beginning of their careers along with some hard calls and advice/techniques on how to deal with them.
This is an episode you don’t want to miss! As always you can email the show at email@example.com.
Episode topics –
- How each guest started in 9-1-1
- Training techniques
- Dealing with hard calls
- The importance of attending a NENA conference
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By Ricardo — 8 years ago
I have always been fascinated by ghosts and the unexplainable. The horror genre is my favorite and two local stories have always been a topic of interest. Growing up I heard stories of melon heads in West Michigan. I figured it was simply a story to scare me into good behavior but as I got older I continued to hear the story but in more detail. The story I heard was that of an asylum next to the Felt Mansion that housed the insane as well as children with “melon heads”. They were abused, treated badly, and ultimately left to roam the woods. It was also said that at one time they stayed at the mansion. The story spooked me but I wanted to know more. I actually wanted to see the building and the inside of the mansion. I had gone out to the mansion several times but could never get close to the supposed asylum. It has been destroyed but the mansion remains. I’ve been inside the mansion and although it has been restored, it felt as though I was being watched by something or someone. The stories are endless but after a little research I have found more info on the asylum. According to StrangeUSA.com,
this is located near the Felt Mansion it is a small building that is a behind the BMX track. It is all broken up and windows are busted due to kids. At night if you were to go and look around the house, curtains in the window move and windows open and close, and strange lights are often visible in them. If you were to go inside and walk around you can hear heavy breathing, loud footsteps, screams, and even able to see silhouettes of figures walking. Sometimes you can feel as though something walked threw you and sometimes you may encounter a sudden pain in the wrists of your hands over all the place has just a creepy feel. October 2004 update: This building is the last remaining building of Dunes Correctional Facility. Its the old Trustee Bldg. that housed 80 inmates. This place is now being vandalized horribly and the police ARE prosecuting! The Junction itself is a myth. Allegan County Historical Society has stated repeatedly that “The Junction” insane asylum has never existed.
So the building was once the Dunes Correctional Facility. Where I work it’s known as the old 80 man building. It was a low security prison that was eventually shut down because of funding. This is the story for the public but others seem to believe that much more happened in this area. That this is actually the infamous “Junction Asylum” where the melon heads originated. Wikipedia, who is not always a good or factual resource, had a little more info on the matter. “According to one story, they were originally children with hydrocephalus who lived at the Junction Insane Asylum near Felt Mansion. The story explains that, after enduring physical and emotional abuse, they became feral mutants and were released into the forests surrounding the asylum.” This story is amazing to me because it had to originate somewhere. Something had to happen for this to spread. I’m sure it could be made up but if this is true then someone out there has to have some sort of evidence. Maybe I should walk through the woods and see for myself what’s out there. Can you imagine finding the underground tunnels that were supposedly used by the children who escaped the asylum? It is also said that the melon head children had planned to kill the doctor who abused them. Once they did, there was no where to hide the body so they cut him up and hid parts around the mansion. If you or anyone you know has any solid information on what really happened in this area, I would like to know. Was this correctional facility the site of The Junction? I’ve heard many tales of the hauntings in this area. If you have experienced anything in this area please leave a comment. It’s about time that we solve the mystery of The Junction Asylum that has been said to not exist by the county. Stay tuned for part two and watch the video below. Cheers!
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By Ricardo — 8 years ago
Before my complete addiction to electronics there were the small things in life. Smartphones had not exploded in popularity and the Internet was most likely a working idea. The only real addiction I had at the time were with video games but that was nothing compared to our need to stay connected these days. Back then I remember having my needs met with a simple Big Stuf Oreo cookie. I don’t see them around much anymore but when they first came out they were awesome! The package consisted of one large Oreo and it was definitely enough for one large glass of milk. It’s funny how something as little as a cookie can bring such joy. Other things that I remember include Clearly Canadian drinks, The Bud Bowl, Air Jordans, Reebok Pumps, and Crystal Pepsi.
I remember going to the local grocery store and begging for a bottle of Strawberry Clearly Canadian. My parents would always tell me that I didn’t need it but once and a while they would give in and I jumped at the chance to have some Canadian goodness. Thinking back on it I can still taste that cool refreshing strawberry flavor. Although Clearly Canadian was my drink back then it died out with the introduction of Snapple. Strawberry-Kiwi was the next big thing for me and I had to make a choice. Next on my list of small things are Air Jordans and Reebok Pumps. Now, I had a pair of each but unlike some people I had to wait to get them at Christmas time. I remember feeling like a king with my Jordans on. They were flashy, cool, and they were not all that comfortable but I still had them so I wasn’t going to moan about it. As for the Reebok’s they were cool because, well, they had a pump built into the tongue of the shoe and shaped like a basketball. It sounds stupid but they were the stuff back then. Both pairs cost about $120 or more for each but if you had them you were showered with, “Oooo’s, and Ahhhh’s.”
The last two are mentioned for their odd yet funny aspects. The Bud Bowl played back when I was growing up and it was during the commercial breaks of the Super Bowl. I remember watching the bottles of Bud Light and Budweiser playing football and thinking, “Won’t they break if they tackle each other?” Bottle are glass so it was a valid question. Back then I didn’t know what it was all about though. I remember seeing my dad drink but I wasn’t fully aware of what beer was. I just knew that I couldn’t drink it until I was older…well…at 16 years old was older because curiosity got the best of me and it wasn’t any of the participants of The Bud Bowl either. Nope, it was the team that would have never made it to the bowl. It was Old Milwaukee. Yeah…not a good one to fulfill my curiosity but either way, I remember The Bud Bowl and wish they would bring it back. Last but not least is Crystal Pepsi. This can still be purchased on eBay and maybe Amazon but it’s not sold in stores. I don’t know if this was supposed to be Pepsi’s answer to Sprite but it blew. I remember it was very sweet and it seemed like they were trying to market carbonated syrup. It looked cool but that’s all it did. In the end, the product was pulled and the consumers were left with a bad after taste.
These are just a few of the small things that I remember before my addiction to electronics. I am no longer glued to the television like I was back then. The products of old are either discontinued or they are a lot more expensive now. It’s all family and my addiction to electronics. What products from your youth do you remember? Which ones do you wish would make a come back?Post Views: 596
By Ricardo — 5 years ago
Hello everyone! This is going to be an epic episode 87 of Within the Trenches. It has been a little while since the last episode but I’m back and ready to go. Agency360, a new sponsor for the month of June, sponsors this episode. I will be sitting down with them in the coming week to record an episode with them and talk about the awesome things they are doing for dispatchers with their training program. For today’s episode I want to go back and talk about where this all started.
You will get to hear about how I started out in dispatch, my calls, my transition from dispatch to becoming an industry partner and what I am doing with the podcast. You will also listen to clips from other episodes. One deals with an officer shooting and death. It is one that you need to listen to and hopefully you can learn something from it. This is a must listen so check it out and share.
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Episode topics –
- How my dispatch career began
- The Skeleton and Frostproof PD
- Early Career Calls and Training
- Episode clips
- And more!
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