Ep 153 of Within the Trenches features Todd Sparrow, Director at Lawrenceburg 9-1-1 in Kentucky. In this episode Todd reflects on 35 years of public safety service, calls that have stuck with him, the Kentucky Emergency Services Conference and more. For more information on the conference please see the links below.
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Episode topics –
- Todd’s 9-1-1 story
- A domestic call at 16 years of age
- Kentucky Emergency Services Conference
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By Ricardo — 3 days ago
Welcome to another episode of Within the Trenches, true stories from the 9-1-1 dispatchers who live them. Episode 197 features Michael, a police Lieutenant with the San Bernardino Police Department in California. This episode tells the story of the terrorist attack that took place on December 2nd, 2015, but from the side of those in the center and while Michael was in the field.
Episode topics –
- San Bernardino Terrorist Attack
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By Ricardo — 6 years ago
“An eye for eye makes the whole world blind.”
Is this something you believe? I’m sure we were all brought up to be kind to others and show sympathy and compassion but do we always feel this way? How about murderers and hardened criminals? I have seen court hearings where a suspect will stand up and address a victims family or families depending on the case and some apologize for what they have done. At times the family has forgiven the suspect but I have always thought about myself in that situation. I see myself as a kind person and all but I don’t think I could forgive someone for doing something harmful to a member of my family. Sure I can say that I might forgive someone depending on the circumstance but really, deep down, I’d probably want justice or revenge in the sense of an eye for an eye. I mean seriously, for one moment, I want you to think about it. You’re a good person who feels that an eye for eye is wrong and that the person will get what’s coming to them when they die and ready for judgment but what if it were your family? Do you think you would react the same way? This is a member of your family that has been hurt. Does the suspect deserve a life sentence or should that person or persons meet swift street justice?
I’ve spoken to a few people about this and it’s interesting to me to hear what others think about the concept of an eye for an eye. Now, please don’t take me for an evil heartless person. This post is simply a way to generate discussion on a topic I used for a project I did in class last month. The project involved creating a city and developing posters and such for it. The professor wanted us to dig deep into our imagination for this project and after a brainstorming session with a good friend of mine the city of Bounty Land was born. The following is an excerpt of my creative proposal for this city that was born out of the concept of an eye for an eye,
“Welcome to Bounty Land, a city built for justice. Although it appears to be normal, the city holds a controversial yet needed purpose. No children inhabit the city of Bounty Land. Those who have been convicted of a crime with a life or death sentence will be brought here. The same is true for those on the run, the fugitives. Once arriving at Bounty Land those who have done wrong will be assigned to a sponsor in a specific sector of the city. They will be made to believe that he or she will be rehabilitated rather than completing their sentence. The abolished will work until the day comes that reflects their specific sector, and on that day the guilty will be let out on the street to be hunted. In the end, the once predator will become the prey.”
There is more to this idea and I plan on possibly creating a graphic novel based on Bounty Land but I’d like to know what you think. How do you really feel about an eye for an eye?
Let’s look at it from another side. Have you ever watched, “The Boondock Saints”? If not, it’s a superb film and is worth watching. The movie is about twin brothers who believe they are on a mission from God to dispose of those who seek to harm the innocent. Their main targets are the Mob who inhabit their city. They protect the innocent but they murder criminals. There is an FBI agent who is trying to figure out who has been killing off the criminals of the city and once he figures out who is doing the killing he eventually sees what they are doing as good. He believes their purpose is needed. What do you think of this concept? Is murder the same thing no matter if you’re doing it to criminals or do we live with some type of, “We Don’t Tolerate Scum” attitude and there is a difference? I would like some honest opinions here. It really doesn’t matter what I think but if it came down to it, I would need to know without a doubt that the accused person was guilty before I went straight to an eye for an eye. There are many people out there who have been convicted of a crime and 20 or so years later turn out to be innocent, so yeah…I’d need some proof first. So here it is folks, the concept of an eye for an eye. The choice is yours and the topic is on the table. Don’t be afraid to respond, I’d like to read all of your responses and trust me, after this post I will get back to the funny posts. This topic has been on my mind for a while now and soon enough I will have some stories written to go along with Bounty Land. I have concept shots and models for the hunters so it’s coming along. Make sure to respond people!Post Views: 170
By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Have you ever brought up the topic of old technology with your kids or kids in general? If you ever get the chance I highly recommend it. Their concept of time and the shock and awe of how it used to be is amazing! My 7 year old is under the impression that I’m from the stone age or something. For example, we had a conversation about the shows I watched as a kid and he blew me away with his idea of how old I was.
“Yeah buddy, I used to watch the same show when I was a kid but now a few things have changed on Dragon Ball Z.”
“Ohhh, well back then was when TV’s were small and in black and white right?”
“Uhh…how old do you think I am?”
“I don’t know…old I guess.”
Yeah…so he thinks I’m pretty old. I’ve talked to him about old school tech and it’s funny to see the reaction on his face. First off I showed him a picture of an old rotary telephone.
“You tell me what you think it is Buddy.”
“Well…it looks like a telephone or something.”
“You’re right. Now how do you think you would use it?”
“Well…I guess I would use the numbers somehow.”
I had to chuckle over his slight confusion but he did get the concept of it. I also told him how much of a pain it was if someone had a 9 or 0 in their phone number. Do you remember that? It’s funny to think that a lot of what we used to have growing up is something that our kids would have no idea how to use it. A good example comes from my wife and our son. Now, this example does not deal with technology but falls under the same idea of old vs. new. Since Logan was born we have always used hand soap in a bottle with a pump. One day we happened to run out of the normal soap we use in the bathroom. A temporary fix was to bust out a bar of soap until we could get to the store and buy more. Logan had gone into the bathroom to wash his hands and after what I can imagine was complete confusion and odd looks into the mirror, he emerged from the bathroom with the bar of soap and asked,
“Um…how do I use this?”
I laughed my butt off when Rebecca told me about this and Logan was dead serious about the bar of soap. I mean, he’s schooled now but man that’s funny! So let’s think back at some of the stuff we had growing up. Let’s step into the DeLorean, after adding the needed fuel of course, back up on the road for room and punch it! Once we hit 88.8 mph we’re headed back to the future. I think it would be pretty cool if we could but for now, we’ll simply time travel through our memories. So what’s first? Well for me, I think about the Sony Walkman, which I added a picture of in this post. At one time this portable cassette player was a hot item. If you had this player you were the stuff!
Also I mentioned earlier that my son thought TV’s were in black and white when I was growing but I was born in ’81. The TV’s I remember were huge, heavy, and included knobs with UHF, VHF, and something to control how much snow there was in the picture. I believe the TV we had was a bulky Zenith. We also had a Sony Betamax that included the movie camera which was rather large! Do any of you remember what the last thing was before local TV stations signed off around 2am or so? If you happen to remember, make sure to comment on here. Now, I could go on and on about what I had that my kids have no clue about but what are things you remember? Other items could include, floppy disks, Polaroid Camera’s with the 4 bulb flash that was sold separately, rotary phones, three switch cable boxes, typewriters, 45’s, and…well there’s so much more but I’m drawing a blank now. So here’s where you come in. What do you remember from your childhood that your kids or the kids of today would have no clue how to use?Post Views: 304