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By Ricardo — 8 years ago
As 911 dispatchers we deal with all kinds of situations. We speak to many different people and the calls are never the same. The majority of the calls we take on 911 are actually non-emergency. You wouldn’t think that when picking up a 911 call the conversation would be about loud noise from the neighbors or a horse in someones yard but it happens. When a 911 call comes in and it is a true emergency it can go to hell and fast. Being on our end of the phone we do anything and everything we can to keep our callers and emergency personnel safe. Whether we’re keeping a feuding couple separated or giving GPS coordinates to help find those in need of help, we do our best. I want to give props to those who worked in dispatch this past weekend and those who worked during the storms a couple weekends ago. I am proud to work with all of you. The video below is a taste of what we do. What have you done today?
PS. I show up in this video but I was not involved in the call featured in the video so the props go to my co-workers not me, although I believe I owe doughnuts for being on TV.Post Views: 534
By Ricardo — 7 years ago
8 years ago today my wife and I were blessed with a baby boy. Our little family grew that day and it’s been an adventure ever since. Logan is an excellent kid. He’s sensitive of others and has a big heart. On top of those qualities he has a great imagination, and his sense of humor and musical taste are superb! He thinks and speaks like an adult and sometimes he catches me off guard. It’s pretty funny when it happens and I just chuckle and think, “Yep, that’s my boy.”
Now, in order for you to get a sense of what Logan is really like, I can tell you a few stories and tid bits of what makes him who he is. First off, he loves LEGO’s. He will build and build and build until we have to tell him to stop. If he’s not building something he’s reading or playing video games but he’d rather build or read. One time we bought him a small set of LEGO’s that made only one ship but after building it he decided to modify it. When he was finally done, he had built three different spaceships out of the one set. Not one of them looked the same. I was amazed! He has built many things by just looking at a picture and it baffles me at how he can do this.
When it comes to music you’ll see Logan dancing or singing. His favorites are, The Beatles, The Doors, Mumford and Sons, Cake, Rush, The Who, and many others. When we used to play Rock Band on our Xbox 360 he would sing Behind Blue Eyes, Working Man, and others. It’s awesome to see him get into music. Whenever he and I are running errands his choice is always The Beatles. He and I will be belting out the words to Get Back and I am the Walrus and people give us odd looks but we’re having a great time. Logan also loves movies! If he had to pick a favorite of all time it would probably be Star Wars. He does an excellent Yoda and he knows almost every character name and vehicle within the Saga. He also does movie quotes with me which is hilarious. The first time he did it he was either 4 or 5. The quote was from A Christmas Story when Ralphie is trying to think of what he wants to ask Santa Claus for Christmas and is ultimately pushed down the slide after hearing the dreaded, “You’ll shoot your eye out kid.”
The boy cracks me up and I wouldn’t have it any other way. You’re one of a kind Logan! You make me laugh when I’m down and our conversations get wacky but that’s what makes everything you do so much fun. I love you very much and I’m proud of you. I’m adding a video for you to watch because you love the song so much. You’re 8 years old today and growing like a weed. I’m going to have to get a second job just to feed you because you eat as much as I do but it’s all worth it buddy. No matter how fast you grow, you’ll always be my little man Logan. I love you and Happy Birthday son!Post Views: 233
By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Hello everyone it’s pretty late but I wanted to make sure and post up a special JCast with none other than Nimrod of the Nimrod Diaries and our most excellent friend, Karl. It was a great first session and one that was entertaining and educational. Now, I know the word “educational” may sound like a bore but I had the chance to do things that I have never done before. For example, the day started out with shooting a couple handguns at the range and one of which was a Smith & Wesson 500. That gun was straight out of the book of Tackleberry from Police Academy. I also shot a crossbow and believe me when I tell you that it was superb! The discussion was excellent and I’m looking forward to digging deeper into the way of the Nimrod in reference to learning how to shoot, hunt, and even fish. Everything mentioned is something that I never learned growing up so why not start now, right? A big thanks goes out to Nimrod for the excellent venison steak, hospitality, and to Karl for the Urban Assault Growler’s from Paw Paw Brewing Company. The brew was excellent and I look forward to our next session. Without further ado I present you with a short clip of our shooting and of course, the JCast with special guests, Nimrod and Karl. Cheers!Post Views: 262