Episode 148 features Adam Timm of The Healthy Dispatcher. This episode was recorded at the 2017 Michigan NENA conference in Lansing. In this episode Adam reflects on his dispatch career that spanned over 10 1/2 years in Los Angeles, California. He focuses on how stress from the job turned him into what his co-workers called him, “Angry Adam” and how going to classes to help deal with his stress helped him drop his angry persona and helped him realize his calling in helping his fellow dispatchers become less stressed and focus on their health and mental wellness.
This is a must listen! As always if you have any comments, questions or you want to be a guest on the show send an email to email@example.com. For more information on Adam Timm and The Healthy Dispatcher see the links below.
Episode topics –
- Adam’s 9-1-1 story
- To judge or not to judge
- The death of “Angry Adam”
- The rise of The Healthy Dispatcher
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By Ricardo — 6 years ago
New images have surfaced regarding this bizarre incident out of Miami, FL. I must warn you that the images are gruesome and NSFW (Not Safe For Work).
It appears that other bizarre incidents have been going on in Florida as well. People coming down with mysterious rashes, violent rages, and lock downs with hazmat teams have been popping up according to buzzfeed.com. Make sure to check out their site for a complete timeline. If this is the beginning then you better check out the CDC’s PDF on Zombie Survival! Good luck and godspeed!
Odd things happen all the time. Sometimes there are no explanations. People start going crazy and we look for an answer. Could it be a change in weather? Has their been a disturbance in the force? Is it a full moon or should some things be left unanswered? Well, in Miami something very odd occurred. According to the Miami Herald, “a road ranger saw a naked man chewing on another man’s face.” The altercation was described as being a “scene as creepy as a Hannibal Lecter movie.”
The story alone is gruesome but what made it more interesting are how many shots it took to take down the assailant. The Herald reported that,
“The officer, who has not been identified, approached and, seeing what was happening, also ordered the naked man to back away. When he continued the assault, the officer shot him, police sources said. The attacker failed to stop after being shot, forcing the officer to continue firing. Witnesses said they heard at least a half dozen shots.”
It’s hard not to speculate on what caused the altercation between the two men. One would think that this is the beginning of a zombie apocalypse but the Herald reports that the police have a theory. “Police theorize the attacker might have been suffering from “cocaine psychosis,” a drug-induced craze that bakes the body internally and often leads the affected to strip naked to try and cool off.”
Whether it was a “cocaine psychosis” or a zombie, there is one quote that relates to the incident,
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By Ricardo — 6 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 — 11 months ago
This is a special episode that you don’t want to miss. In this episode my wife Rebecca joins me to chat about what it was like for her during my time working as a 9-1-1 dispatcher. Not many people know this but as a dispatcher you miss out on all kinds of family time. You will more than likely work days, nights, weekends, holiday’s and some people work forced overtime. This episode is an #IAM911 story, but from the spouses side.
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