Hello and welcome to episode 91 of Within the Trenches. I am back from the national NENA conference that was held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. It was an excellent week of networking, learning, presenting and podcasting. In This episode I got the chance to sit down with show regular Rob “Big Mac” McMullen the newly elected 2nd VP of NENA, Ty Wooten, Education Director of NENA and Brian Tegtmeyer, who is an Education Advisory Board Member for NENA. This is an awesome episode! We share everything from the beginning of the conference up until that point of the conference. It’s educational and entertaining.
As always, if you have any questions or would like to be a guest on the show send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Episode topics –
- Funny intro
- Conference events
- Preparing for NENA 2016
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By Ricardo — 8 years ago
Tonight my family and I had a nice spaghetti dinner and the sauce was superb and the added meat was delicious but it made me wonder. What exactly was within the meat we were eating? It made me think of a video I saw a long time ago. It dealt with something we have all eaten at least once in our lives and it’s non other than a Sloppy Joe. But what was in the meat or what was the meat?
According to legend, back in the 1930’s, a man named Joe O’Sullivan caught his wife sleeping with another man. The diner owner was so upset at his finding that he killed both of them and ground their bodies up to hide the evidence. The following day Joe invited both families to his diner where he explained that his wife and her lover had run off together. Afterward he served up the lovers on a bun with his own sauce and mentioned that this was his specialty. After the first bite his wife’s father said, “this is a little sloppy, Joe.”
After that day Joe made millions selling what became known as a “Sloppy Joe”. The murder of his wife, lover, and origin of his specialty were only revealed on his deathbed. It makes one wonder what exactly we are eating and if this story is true or not. If you really want to know something about your beef click here. This article is a good read and will make you think twice before buying ground beef from certain grocery stores and fast food joints.
Have a good night folks and thanks to JK Cinema for the excellent Urban Legends series found here. If you get hungry later you are more than welcome to have a MANWICH on me.Post Views: 462
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 — 7 years ago
Good afternoon folks! A lot of different things have been going on with Jabber Log lately. The topics have somewhat shifted since I started my Masters program. The range of topics has gone from mostly personal stories to stories that are centered on specific topics. I feel that it has gone well since there is always a need for new content. It helps me learn more and keeps you, the reader, interested in what I am talking about. The format is going to change slightly with the addition of podcasts and live broadcasts. I will continue to type up posts but I want to move Jabber Log in a more engaging direction.
With that said, I have been accepted to an internship with an Internet radio company. I’ve always wanted to be involved in radio so when I saw that the company was looking for a social media intern I jumped at the chance. I will be involved in pushing content to different social media outlets and the company is also going to help me prepare and master the art of podcasting, interviewing and hopefully creating my own show. It’s going to be very interesting and it is my goal to share it with you on Jabber Log.
One of the first projects we are working on is acquiring 250 votes to be considered for a $250,000 grant that Chase is giving away to a few lucky small businesses. With that said I ask that you go and vote for PWRTALK! Help us get the votes by this Saturday June 30 2012. We appreciate your help and support. Below I have added a message from Lillian Cauldwell, CEO of Passionate Internet Voices Talk Radio Inc.
Help us continue to move forward with providing quality information and quality content to the world and help you get your voices heard in this technological and digitalized world.
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Please vote for the PWRTALK so the network can be considered for a $250K small business grant which will help us continue to support our hosts, guests, and programming along with helping our world community.
To vote, click on the below icon for www.missionsmallbusiness.com. Once on the site you will need to click on the Log-In & Support Button. Search for PWRTALK. Click vote and share. You’ll be done in less than 30 seconds. By helping us you continue to help others. Thanks so much!
There you have it folks! Please go to the link provided and help us out! As for the podcasts and such on Jabber Log, I have many ideas and people who want to participate. It’s going to be a fun time so stay tuned!Post Views: 335