A woman called because her smoke alarm was beeping. When asked what assistance she needed, she stated she wanted someone to come out and take care of it. Why you might ask? Well her explanation was, "I am Asian; I cannot reach it."
I have heard a lot of strange things, but a coworker relayed this story to me and it was too amusing not to pass along. Imagine being a 911 calltaker and receiving multiple calls about cows in the road. This is not all that strange of an occurrence in rural America, but along a stretch of busy highway, it is very concerning. Officers arrive to find single cows spaced out somewhat evenly along the highway. It is not until one caller relays that there is a truck in front of her pulling a cattle trailer with the rear gate open does it all start to make sense. The poor cows were bouncing out one by one as the driver continued down the highway, not even realizing his load was getting lighter and lighter.
Midnight on Ice
In a lot of places the police department also serves as animal control. Logical reasons to ask for assistance would be dangerous, injured, lost, found, and in some cases dead animals. What is not included in their call of duty is picking up your indoor, pet cat who died of natural causes, even if his name is Midnight and you currently have him on ice.
I would like to pay tribute to all those who feel the need to call 911 on the 4th of July. Thank you for clogging up the phone lines and annoying those who you are going to want on your side in a real emergency.
Something to consider - While the loud noises you hear could be gunshots, lets play the odds people. Maybe a week or so before the 4th, buy some fireworks at one of those stands and let them off. Then watch a lot of violent movies on TV that have a lot of gunfire. Compare the noises and then use this knowledge to decide whether the loud bangs you hear are in fact gunshots, or merely celebratory fireworks set off by neighborhood kids.Thanks in advance!
So Sue Me
I'm sorry if when told that there really isn't a fire, it was just a salamander, I immediately think of the GEICO insurance commercials. How was I supposed to know that a salamander isn't merely a small amphibian, but also a portable heater used at construction sites!
I had a woman call because her kitten was on the roof of her apartment complex and she wanted the fire department to come help her get it down. Usually we tell people that if animals get up somewhere on their own, in most cases they will come down on their own as well. Her response to this was,"He didn't get up there on his own, my friend threw him up there."My suggestion (in my head) - get some new friends
From my friend who is still a dispatcher:"I had some old lady call 911 to ask how to set her clock tonight."**on the night before Daylight Savings