Ep 154 is an extension of the podcast called Imagine Listening. It features the stories from the #IAM911 movement but this episodes’ stories come from the 9-1-1 professionals of the Kentucky Emergency Services Conference. Following their stories is a presentation I gave at the conference. For years I have helped tell the stories of 9-1-1 dispatchers from all over the world but this time it’s my turn. There are four videos shown during this presentation that you can view below. This is a must listen and share.
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Behind the Mic: Stories from the trenches –
WZZM13 Media Coverage of the podcast –
#IAM911 Video –
Project #IAM911 Video –
Episode topics –
- #IAM911 stories from the Kentucky Emergency Services Conference
- My personal #IAM911 story – Within the Trenches – Keep Broadcasting Your Message
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
12 years ago today you were born. It was one of the happiest moments of my life. I cried when you were born and the warmth in my heart was overwhelming. I remember everything about the short time we spent together. You seemed to learn so fast and when I got my turntables you wanted me to lift you so that you could scratch the records along with me. Your mother and I purchased you a set of Rugrats furniture just for you and I remember how much you enjoyed them. You used to sit in the couch and stretch your legs and relax. I remember laughing because you looked like such a little man sitting there. Those were good times my son. You were so active as I’m sure you are today. I would wake up in the morning to check on you and it became a thing for us where I would walk in and you would jump up and yell, “Hey!” at the same time as me. I loved doing that with you, it was what we did.
There were many times that we laughed and where your mother and I laughed at something cute you did. One moment I remember fondly was around Halloween and your mother and I played, “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” for you. You sat and watched intently as the Peanuts gang paraded on the screen. There is a scene where Snoopy starts blowing a leaf in the air as he walks over to Charlie Brown. You laughed so hard every time Snoopy blew it up in the air and we laughed at how cute you were. I remember it like it was yesterday. There were also times where you and I would wrestle and you learned how to throw a fake punch and fast. When it was my turn you took a dive like a pro and when you went down you would close your eyes and then open one to see what I was doing and you would jump back up for more.
We had the best of times my son. It’s been a long time since we have seen each other. I’m unsure whether you know anything about me now but I hope that one day you will look for me. I hope that we will be able to talk to each other and catch up on everything that we have missed. As of right now you have a younger 7 year old brother named Logan. I tell him about you…well what I know about you at present time and he digs you. You also have a little sister named Lola who was born about a week ago. She’s a cutie, I know you’d love her the way you love your other sisters. Although I have not seen you in a long time, I miss you dearly. I hope you had the greatest day today my son. I love you very much Richie and happy birthday. We will see each other again some day. Until that day…Post Views: 379
By Ricardo — 7 years ago
I remember grade school being pretty fun. There was a different learning tool every year. Some seemed stupid back then but looking back at it now, I see where it helped. Some learning tools came with incentives and if it had not been for that I might not have read as much. I mean, I enjoyed reading back then but I would rather write than read. Now years later I have a 7 year old and yesterday he revealed a program that I used to participate in and it shot me back to grade school.
“I’m going to have pizza tonight”, yelled Logan.
“What”, I asked.
“Well…maybe, if that’s what we have.”
“What are you talking about?”
“I get a free pizza because of Book It.”
I chuckled at him and flashed back to my pin with gold stars and a hologram on the front of it that would switch between a book and the Book It logo. I asked him to give it to me so that I could see what it looks like now and when I saw it I was a little disappointed. Sure you still get the pizza for reading books but now it’s simply a slip of paper. That’s right, a slip of paper! Why!? What happened to the Book It pin? The pins were what made the program awesome! Well…at least it made it awesome to me. Logan was very happy about it but my wife and I lit up at the thought of our pins back in the day. We both grinned from ear to ear and you would’ve thought we were the ones getting the personal pan pizza. We ended up having pizza for dinner and I am very proud of my boy.
After dinner I started thinking about other things in school that were cool. The first thing I thought about was these inflatable figures that were used as a tool for learning your ABC’s. I thought these figures were so cool that my parents went looking for them but could not find a store that sold them. The figures had names like Mister M – Munching Mouth, Mr. B. – Beautiful Buttons, and others. If you don’t remember The Letter People then you should Google it but if you were a kid in elementary school during the early to mid 80’s then you know what I’m talking about.
Man those figure were awesome and if I remember correctly I think there were some records or tapes that included songs or skits where a specific letter person told a story or something. Next up is D.A.R.E. Do you remember this program? If so then you remember the weeks of education followed by a t-shirt, pencils, erasers, and bumper stickers at the end of the program where there was an actual graduation. Sounds like a lot but it happened. Now…how many of you graduated the program and smoked weed either way? Raise your hand if you did this. Are you actually raising your hand right now? If you are then that’s pretty funny!
I’m sure there are many more things that made school cool but I can’t think of anything else at this time. I’ll tell you one thing, I remember walking down the hallway in grade school and the fresh odor of saw dust. I remember walking to my locker and approaching a huge puddle in the middle of the hallway. As I got closer the odor was stronger and every time it was the same thing. Some kid showed up to school sick and chucked it all over the floor so the janitor would have to put this sawdust like substance over it to take away the smell. It didn’t always help but it was better than nothing. Along the same lines of gross was the fluoride that was provided in grade school. Do you remember this? When it first started we were given a small, clear, plastic cup with a light green fluoride rinse. It tasted nasty and not minty at all. It tasted more like hotdog water but there was a way to get out of it. Each cup was accompanied by a napkin. What my friends and I did was wrap the napkin around the cup so that our teacher couldn’t see it and fake the rest. It worked every time! Later on they began using a bubblegum flavor but by then I was older and the school didn’t care anymore. Either way it was all nasty and years later we find out that fluoride isn’t the best thing for us after all. Hmm….Well all of this, minus the sawdust and fluoride, made school cool. If you can remember anything from school like this then make sure to comment. If there are any school officials who are reading this then I request that you bring back the Book It pin and the Letter People! They were awesome and I think kids would dig it. Have a good one folks and happy reading!Post Views: 311