Definitely one for the history books, this 911 call came in from a girlfriend who was being abused by her boyfriend but couldn’t call them because she feared for her life. This is one excellent example of how you can use your creativity to get your point across when all else fails. It’s just good, however, that she had a sympathetic user on the other end, too. Otherwise this could have gone wrong and who knows what would have happened. The good things about this example is it shows other women and men who are in an abusive situation that they can get help, too, so that they are not alone with people who don’t value their lives. While this is not a way to simply stop abusive and abusive families, it does help the survivors learn a little bit.
The story was provided by a man named Keith, a former 911 dispatcher who said that this call is one he will never forget.
“911, where is you emergency?”
“123 Main St.”
“Ok, what’s going on there?”
“I’d like to order a pizza for delivery.” (oh great, another prank call).
“Ma’am, you’ve reached 911”
“Yeah, I know. Can I have a large with half pepperoni, half mushroom and peppers?”
“Ummm…. I’m sorry, you know you’ve called 911 right?”
“Yeah, do you know how long it will be?”
“Ok, Ma’am, is everything ok over there? do you have an emergency?”
“Yes, I do.”
“..And you can’t talk about it because there’s someone in the room with you?” (moment of realization)
“Yes, that’s correct. Do you know how long it will be?”
“I have an officer about a mile from your location. Are there any weapons in your house?”
“Can you stay on the phone with me?”
“Nope. See you soon, thanks”
As we dispatch the call, I check the history at the address, and see there are multiple previous domestic violence calls. The officer arrives and finds a couple, female was kind of banged up, and boyfriend was drunk. Officer arrests him after she explains that the boyfriend had been beating her for a while. I thought she was pretty clever to use that trick. Definitely one of the most memorable calls.
It’s a good thing she thought so quickly and was able to reach the dispatcher without her boyfriend finding out. What a smart woman!
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