O.J. Simpson’s Famous Chase

It’s been 25 years since O.J. Simpson was a fugitive, and it seemed the whole world was looking for him. It was June 17, 1994, and Simpson was supposed to turn himself in to Los Angeles police in connection with the killing of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman. Within minutes, the world was transfixed by what it was seeing. They … Continue reading O.J. Simpson’s Famous Chase

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Wrong House

“Hysterical elderly female. She had just woken up and found her 78-year-old husband unresponsive. I get the priority information, I ask if he is cool to the touch, and she panics even more, yelling uncontrollably. I bring her back and start providing her CPR instructions. “Keep in mind that as soon as I have a general assessment of what kind emergency I’m dealing with and … Continue reading Wrong House

Hanging In The Mausoleum

I posted this somewhere else, but this is my story: I was an emergency dispatcher for the police department in my city, working overnights, when a woman called in to say her depressed husband had gone missing. She said he sometimes liked to go to a local (1800s-era) cemetery and just be alone. We sent two officers out to look for him, and they saw … Continue reading Hanging In The Mausoleum

Four calls you won’t Forget

“The suicides stick with me the most, here are a few: “First one was less than a year on, get a call from a female who sounded numb, said she came home from work and found her fiance hanging from the rafters. She kept asking me ‘What do I do now?’ I had no answer for her, just kept repeating that I would stay on the … Continue reading Four calls you won’t Forget

Unresponsive double take

“I was dispatching an alarm for an unresponsive/not breathing elderly male. I get the paramedic first responder there and then the ambulance shortly after. They confirmed that the guy was dead. Literally a minute after that, I heard the voice of the paramedic come over demanding a second ambulance, after that I couldn’t get a hold of him. I assumed that one of the family members of … Continue reading Unresponsive double take

Depression is a bitch

“She was depressed and suicidal. She called from a disconnected cell phone and refused to give me her location. I never stopped trying to to get a ping on her but it was an apartment complex and there wasn’t much I could do for that. “She refused to let me send anyone to her, refused to talk to EMS, suicide hotlines or supervisors. I answered the phone … Continue reading Depression is a bitch

Threesome – In the wrong way

“I’ve had a lot of crazy calls as a 911 operator. The one I had, this lady was screaming. Just horrific screaming. Then the phone went dead. I called back only to hear that horrific screaming again. Then I heard someone in the background screaming ‘He’s stabbing her! He’s stabbing her!” She died. He did get caught by an officer I had dispatched – she literally … Continue reading Threesome – In the wrong way