Violence and the SOL to Prevent it

According to, the city of Grand Rapids, MI holds a population of just under 190,000 people. Within that amount are people with their own story. They range from the happy to the sad and to those of violence. This is the story of Cruz, a former gang member who sought the friendship and limelight of a gang but soon found out that this life was not a smooth path. This story also highlights the work of Mario Alfaro, a youth advocate and gang specialist with the Hispanic Center Read more [...]

Within the Trenches Episode 3

Good afternoon folks! I hope everyone is having a great day. This week on Within the Trenches I sat down with Trista of Allegan County Central Dispatch to tell her story. We talked about how she got into the profession of emergency services as well as how callers can screw up her name. We touched on the many questions we ask and how the night shift of 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. can bring horror over the radio. "SHOTS FIRED" is something we never want to hear yelled over the radio but it comes with the job. Read more [...]

Fundraiser – In Memory of Sgt. Scott Tatrow

On April 14th a good friend and co-worker passed away unexpectedly. I've written two posts about our last conversation and the bond that is built around work families. It's been hard for us at work but I can't even begin to imagine what his family is going through. I'm sure they are doing everything they can to manage but let's help them do more then just manage. A fundraiser has been put together for the family. It will take place tomorrow May 2nd between 5p.m. and 8p.m. at Uccello's of Wayland Read more [...]

Knowing when to throw in the towel.

It's 5:47am and I'm awake. I've been sick since this past Thursday and it sucks! My stomach had been hurting the night before but I have acid reflux and I ran out of my meds so I figured it was just that. I woke up at 3am on Thursday to get ready for work and my stomach was worse. I got to work and everything seemed fine but I had something coming that would take over and hit me like a truck. Between the hours of 7 and 10am I ran to the bathroom. My stomach was pissed off at me and I wanted to cry. Read more [...]

Come together…right now

Jabber Log has recently hit 9,909 views. I can't tell you how happy I am to be doing this and that I've reached this number. I have shared stories that have made you laugh, reflect, and maybe even grossed you out a little. The main thing is that you were able to laugh and get a kick out of my hijinks. I thank you very much for reading and as I've said before, there is more to come. With that said, I have decided to add a blog roll to my blog. This will hold links to other blogs that I have come across Read more [...]

What would you do?

I'm sure you have all watched the show, "What Would You Do?" on ABC right? If not, it's a show where people are put in situations to see if they would help out or sit back and do nothing. For example, a couple is sitting in a park and the male half is yelling at his girlfriend. She is crying and pleading for him to stop but he continues. They are both actors and in on the experiment and as they argue, some people simply pass by ignoring what is going on. Others step up and try to defuse the situation. Read more [...]

This is what we do…what have you done today?

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 Read more [...]
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