911 Calls Gone Tragically Wrong

JL - posted on 11/02/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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This article is just beyond sad. You would think that all 911 operators would be required to have some basic understanding of first aid. You would think those who are hired would be vetted and expected to meet certain standards. These stories are shocking.



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JL - posted on 11/03/2009

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I don't think a gun is going to help you when you are someone who is having a stroke or a heartattack and your 4 year old calling 911 is being ignored or the 911 caller is dispatching the wrong address to the EMT's. Much more than simply owning a gun needs to be done. Not every 911 call is pertaining to someone breaking into your home and threatening your life.

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Sharon - posted on 11/04/2009

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man - its to early to cry, lol. I'm so glad you cut the http part out!!! I'll come back to this in a little bit. I'm trying really hard to wake up.



Diana - the one time I had to chase a pack of dogs away - I took my own two big labs, a stick and regretfully my toddler - I didn't know why their horses were screaming and I couldn't leave him awake & alone in the house. We got kind of lucky that day.



anyway as the dogs ran away I saw one fall over. It was an 8 - 10 week old puppy. I didn't have a car so we took her home. Poor thing hung like a bag of bones in my arms. After some kitty milk and soaked dog food the little thing perked up. I told my husband to take her to the pound. I didn't want a pack puppy like that, I JUST KNEW something would be screwy wrong with it. YEARS of issues with that dog and we wound up taking her to the pound anyway. She could not be broken of chasing horses or cows or attacking goats. And nothing but a welded cage could keep her in.



I saw an old poodle and a younger chihuahua running loose in the streets yesterday - Hubby actually grabbed my arm and wouldn't let me out of the car to go help them! asshole.

Kate CP - posted on 11/03/2009

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A little off topic, but since we're talking about dogs I thought I'd throw this out there. I cut off the http:// thing so they don't auto play:
youtube.com/watch?v=2O15DXv3Vwg (this one will give you the giggles)

youtube.com/watch?v=FLBZNwqIBV0 (this one will make you cry)

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Ugh-I bet. Poor horses. We've chased of raccoons, skunks, armadillos, opossums, and even an alligator once, but never a whole pack of dogs. And that's really only the second or third dog anyone has seen on the property. One of the others is now my parents' dog-he was a tiny puppy that we found abandonded by the pond and no one would in the nearest neighborhood would claim him-we figured someone left him there while they were fishing and didn't want to own up to being on our land. The other one never came very close because our dogs chased him away.

Sharon - posted on 11/03/2009

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Yeah the guy was a jerk. A while back we had issues with packs of dogs. I chased them off my neighbors' horses. OMG that was a mess.



My husband & son were stalked by a pitbull, our snarling dog and an adult didn't deter this other dog at all. My husband was fencing the property and bent a corner post over its head and it still got away.



Yeah - stray dogs are dangerous.

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haha...That's cute. My grandmother had a dog that used to run across to the Catholic church and visit the priest. She thought he was going to confession. I thought he was getting some wine.



In all seriousness, though-I know that story pales in comparison to someone losing their life, but she could've been injured or killed by the dog. It wasn't a neighbor's dog-she knew that, because her only close neighbors are her friends-and she had no way of knowing if he would attack her, because she knew nothing about the dog. I can understand calling animal control if the dog is outside-that's not necessarily an emergency-but a strange dog in your home is an emergency.



And I couldn't believe he lectured her about saying damn!

Sharon - posted on 11/03/2009

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My 37lb cat used to be indoor & outdoor. He loved to go visit my neighbor who would feed him chicken and milk. It was the only way for her to enjoy a cat because she was terribly allergic and couldn't own one.



One day she called me, it sounded like she was crying. Stickers was in her house and wouldn't leave. So I hustled over there, she was on the porch laughing. The bugger was in her house rummaging through her new groceries to see what else she had to eat. He was knocking bags over and dragging stuff out. Lucky for her, the chicken was on the counter and he hadn't gotten there yet!!



I told her "Next time whack him in the ass with a broom! and push him out the door." lol she has pictures of him all over her house. He was such a turd.

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My mom called 911 once after a stray dog followed her into the house. The guy on the phone gave her a hard time and told her to call animal control. Well, being nicer than I, she hung up and called animal contro, but their only officer on duty was about 30 minutes away-and when she told them it was in the house with her, they told her to call 911. So she called 911 back and told the guy what they'd told her, whereupon he told her to wait for animal control. She finally said, "there's a damn dog in my house." Then he proceeded to lecture her about cursing at him, though luckily he did send the police. By the time the police got there, she had gotten the dog out of the house and it was tied up in the back yard. Thankfully, he was just someone's lost hunting dog (yep, my parents live in the country, too-I grew up there). Looking back it's a little humorous, but I was furious when she told me the story-that dog could've been agressive or it could've had rabies or some other disease, and he could've harmed my mother while the guy was jack assing around on the phone instead of sending someone out. It's ridiculous.

Sharon - posted on 11/03/2009

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We taught the oldest two to dial 911 and they've never had to use it. My youngest called 911 twice by accident - playing with my phone while I cooked dinner on two different occasions..WEIRD Oh by no means did we condone her playing with the phone. Cases of "hhhmmm its awfully quiet out there...."

Kate CP - posted on 11/03/2009

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Some call centers are so over-burdened that if you call you'll get a busy signal. That is really scary.

JL - posted on 11/03/2009

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I have already taught my daughter how to 911 and what to do in case of an emergency, but after reading this I started telling her that as soon as the operator answers she is to say with a firm voice THIS IS NOT A JOKE...

Sharon - posted on 11/03/2009

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Same here - the fire department is right around the corner but 10 minutes is the best time I've seen for our sherriffs dept. And 30minutes for a phone call reporting excessive gunfire. My neighbor had a bit too much to drink and was shooting aliens in the dark or some shit like that. I was sitting next to my bed listening to him crack off shot after shot while talking to the 911 operator and she's asking me "can you still hear him shooting?" "uh YEAH and I can see the sherriffs car sitting next to their house, can they hear him?" "no ma'am they don't hear any gunshots" you gotta be fucking kidding me?? Eventually they "heard" the shots. They confiscated all his guns for 6 months. LOL couldn't have happened to a nicer shithead though.

Traci - posted on 11/03/2009

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Quoting Sharon:

hubby & I both have pistols. Mine has a trigger lock and kept unloaded and hidden. Bullets are kept seperately elsewhere. Its safe to have in my house this way with the kids but not much use against an intruder. It is handy for suspicious noises I hear outside.

I have loaded it twice for suspicious noises and sat armed while I investigated what was causing the noises. Remember I live rurally. Could be illegal border crossers looking to steal a vehicle or food, or a racoon or bear or a criminal who is up to no good.

one time the noise was unexplained. The second was my husband coming home unexpectedly. Good thing he answered up when I saw that man shaped shadow!



Well, at least you are protected.  Good for you!  I live rurally, too.  We don't have cops out here...we are the cops! lol   Well, sherriff's dept is who we call in such a case...but their response time would probably be a half hour at best. 

Sharon - posted on 11/03/2009

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UGH I can't wait till we get the monitor repaired for the security cameras - although I think hubby was saying something about the cameras too - we may have to replace the whole set.

Sharon - posted on 11/03/2009

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hubby & I both have pistols. Mine has a trigger lock and kept unloaded and hidden. Bullets are kept seperately elsewhere. Its safe to have in my house this way with the kids but not much use against an intruder. It is handy for suspicious noises I hear outside.



I have loaded it twice for suspicious noises and sat armed while I investigated what was causing the noises. Remember I live rurally. Could be illegal border crossers looking to steal a vehicle or food, or a racoon or bear or a criminal who is up to no good.



one time the noise was unexplained. The second was my husband coming home unexpectedly. Good thing he answered up when I saw that man shaped shadow!

Traci - posted on 11/03/2009

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That's why people need guns, Sharon. You cannot rely on anyone but yourself to protect your family and belongings. Even in major cities with tons of cops, the response times are around 7 minutes or longer. Can a rapist kick down your door in less than 7 minutes? You bet! A freaked out chick wielding a steak knife just isn't gonna do the trick....

Sharon - posted on 11/02/2009

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I haven't gone to the link yet - but here in AZ there is a new measure on the ballot to increase our police force.



The example they give is an actual 911 call where a young girl is hiding in a closet pleading for help while her mother is being attacked in the livingroom. She begs for help and the 911 operator tells her, "we'll get there when we can, we don't have any one to send to you." WTF???



Who tells a child that???

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