We are back in black and ready to kick you in your sack! It has been a long time since we recorded an episode but this past weekend we had the chance to meet and record so get ready to laugh it up! As always we practice the 3 A’s of podcasting, adult content, adult language and awesomeness! If you do not care for this type of humor you need to skip this…or listen, you might like it. Cheers!
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By Ricardo — 1 year ago
Episode 126 is different from the rest. It’s the introduction to Within the Trenches – Imagine Listening, an extension of the podcast featuring stories from the #IAM911 movement. What you are about to hear are true stories. While some have good outcomes, the majority are horrifying. A warning…if you suffer from PTSD or have suicidal tendencies this episode may be a trigger. LISTEN AT YOUR OWN RISK.
This episode also touches on PTSD in 9-1-1 dispatch and a look at the dark humor that comes with the job. A shout out goes to Dave, Tim and Amy of Darkness Radio for having me on their show. Below you will find links to my interview and a shout out to Mike of Sword & Scale for having me on episode #82 of his podcast. As always if you have any questions or want to be a guest on show send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- Imagine Listening featuring #IAM911 Stories
- PTSD in 9-1-1 Dispatch
- Dark Humor
By Ricardo — 2 years ago
I am a firm believer that every person we meet, we meet for a reason. Whether it is good or bad, a blessing or a lesson, there is a reason. A few years ago I reached out to someone who would help shape the rest of my career. Although the good deed was small it changed everything and made a big impact on my life.
When I was in the last part of my dispatch career I was working on my Masters in New Media Journalism. At this time I was writing heavily and posting all kinds of personal dispatch stories to my blog. It had become pretty popular with those in the 9-1-1 community as well as the general public. People were learning and I was loving it but I felt like something was missing, I felt like I could do more. As I was riding on the popularity of my written version of Within the Trenches I was introduced to podcasting through an assignment in school. I fell in love with it and started a public safety series doing stories with dispatch, police and EMS.
From there I decided to turn my written segment into a podcast but it was going to take a little help from Kickstarter. My goal for this Kickstarter campaign was $1,500. It would pay for equipment, hosting and more. I was going strong with $606 early on but my campaign stalled and I was sure I would not make it. I had 36 hours left and I was freaking out. I was reading some 9-1-1 industry news at 9-1-1 Dispatch Magazine Online and decided I would reach out to the editor for help. I told Gary Allen that I wasn’t looking for money from him. All I wanted was help getting the word out on my project. Later on that day I received a response from him saying that he loved the idea of a dispatch podcast and telling dispatch stories. He wrote up a small blurb on what I was doing and also reached out to some industry partners. In 24 hours I surpassed my campaign goal.
I can safely say that if it wasn’t for Gary’s help I probably would not have made it. On top of that I recently found out that one of the industry partners he reached out to was my now boss and founder of INdigital, a public safety solutions company. I thought my boss simply found me by the article that Gary put out but Gary reached out to him. It’s awesome how things work out sometimes. Sadly, Gary recently passed away. He had 40 years of public safety background and my only regret is not having more of an opportunity to have him on the podcast to tell his complete story. I did get a chance to have him on an episode with me and it is included within this episode. We were experimenting with Google+ Hangouts Live so the audio sounds a little different but it is a good one nonetheless. Also towards the end there is about a minutes worth of music. The show doesn’t end though, I was showing Gary a video and all you can hear is the music. So just in case you listen and wonder what is going on. Below you will find a link to the video version of episode 45 with Gary Allen. I hope you enjoy the episode and please share it.
As always if you have any questions or you would like to be a guest on the show you can email me at email@example.com
I will be forever grateful to you. Your help made a huge impact on my life. I hope I am able to leave a mark on this industry the way you did. Godspeed my friend.
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By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Good morning and happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. Today we are honored for the many things we do but most importantly, we are honored for being utterly AWESOME! That’s right, we are awesome! You have worked hard, cut the grass, helped around the house, killed spiders, untightened jars, played house, played with cars, helped around the house, changed a tire, and changed diapers. Phew! Yes you’ve done a lot and no, I’m not taking anything away from the moms out there but today is our day and today the dads are going to chill.
Being a father for me is right up there with being a celebrity. Sure, I don’t get all the money and TV time but my kids look up to me in that sense of celebrity status. It’s a great feeling. Just the other day I was outside cutting grass and my 8 year old son Logan asked if I could show him how to do it. “I want to learn to cut grass the way you do,” he said. I wasn’t sure at first but thought it wouldn’t hurt. He was mowing like a pro in no time. I felt great inside and I was very proud. He looked back at me and smiled. I could sense that he knew he was doing well and that I was awesome for showing him how to do it.
It’s stuff like that where I know I’m doing my job as a dad. I have three children and although I am not in contact with my eldest, I know from others that he is doing well and looking and acting more like me every day. My younger son and daughter are doing great and growing like weeds. They impress me every day and make me proud to be a father. I want to say thank you to my dad for doing everything in his power to provide for his family. It’s his work ethic and respect that helped make me who I am today. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there and especially those who have stepped up to raise children that are not even theirs. Today my family and I are going to have a great day. As for my eldest son Richie, we will see each other again. I love and miss you very much. Have a great day everyone and make sure to grill up something tasty and chill with your favorite beverage. Cheers!
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