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Working as a 911 dispatcher means having to have a steady head on your shoulders at all times. At any moment someone could call with their life on the line, hanging on to every word you say. Fortunately, most calls are handled with a calm demeanor. Then there are those calls haunting you, leaving you with nightmares to discuss for years to come.


Reddit user, u/AdmireFire1__, wanted to know:

911 Operators of reddit,What's the scariest/ most disturbing situation ever described to you while on call?

"...please..."

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Got what I thought was a silent 911 from a cell phone. We get silent calls all the time. Usually I give it about 10-15 seconds before hanging up and calling back. This time we were really busy, so I let it go a few more seconds while trying to drink my coffee. About 45 seconds into the call I heard someone whisper please.

So I end up turning my volume to max and hearing a woman whispering that she was kidnapped, and in the trunk of a car. I talked her through how to find and use the latch in the back to open the trunk...and the entire time I was tracking her location through a new location clearinghouse called Rapid SOS. The guy stopped at a red light and I told her if it stops that she should run as fast as she can and get to help. She was in the city, I had a pretty good idea where she was and had cops almost on scene. She ran into a gas station, gave her phone to the guy working there, I got the address and had cops there in about 30 seconds. Dude was pulled over about half a mile down the road and arrested.

FTM_PTB

Trouble Finding The Words

A friend answered a call about a cyclist being hit by a truck. Except they weren't technically hit. The truck clipped the cyclist who was actually standing on the corner waiting to cross the road, and had their bike wheel sticking a bit too far over the curb. When the truck clipped the wheel it basically sucked the whole bike and the woman on it around and between the wheels of the truck.

The man who called it in was a pedestrian who struggled to explain this woman was basically swallowed by this truck and just disappeared. He couldn't see where she went and when the truck kept on going he realized she was somehow caught in the truck and was dragged a block or two. Thankfully there was traffic so he was able to catch up to the truck after chasing it down, because the truck driver never realized what had happened.

Needless to say, it was difficult for the man to explain how this all unfolded. My friend said this man had trouble finding the words but would answer yes/no questions. He was obviously replaying the moment over in his mind but couldn't paint the picture by explaining.

definitelymy1account

You See Yourself In The Victim

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My best mate/housemate at the time is a dispatcher for the ambulance. She's a pretty stoic person and not much bothers her, but not long after she had her son, she took a call from a woman who had spilled hot oil on her two year old. She said the combination of the mother's hysteria, the child's screams, and the hormones from recently having a baby just really messed with her. She ended up taking the rest of the shift off. She had so many other calls that floored me, whereas she was just like 'meh, a day in the life'.

rhllordemort

My friend is a police dispatcher, and she once got a call of a situation of mass hysteria.

She said she heard screaming and dull thuds. Apparently the person on the phone was a party guest hiding in a closet. A drunk guy at the party had snapped and started beating people to death with a chair. Two people died and a third was injured. She called multiple units over and they restrained the guy.

Super scary.

i-just-draw-dragons

Just A List Of Awful

February will be 5 years. Scariest/disturbing...cant really answer that. I work hard on leaving work at work. But a few things stick out.

1: Agonal Breathing: sounds like snoring, but to me it's the sound of death. CPR calls are never easy and maybe half of your callers are in the head space to do CPR on a love one that is dying in front of them.

2: on the phone with a lady telling me her husband has been seeing a therapist for depression. She spends a lot of time ( a lot of time in our world is a matter of seconds) giving me these "unnecessary" details and final days he has a gun. And the next thing is her blood curdling scream because he just shot himself.

3: constant helplessness. When there is a true emergency happening aside from sending help. You're waiting and fairly helpless.

MiahWitt60

You Hear It All

Listened to a young girl choking and a guy screaming religious stuff at her. She was murdered... I listened to the whole thing. Still haunts me a decade later.

BlackIsTheSoul

Did the guy at least get caught and go to prison?

ribsforbreakfast

I don't know to be honest... I never found out the outcome and I stopped doing that job a few months after (not because of that call, other opportunity came up). It didn't even make the news.

BlackIsTheSoul

Enough To Quit

I had a co worker that worked for dispatch. She told me she had gotten a call from an elderly man and he said he had just beat his wife to death with a baseball bat. He was still on the line with dispatch when she heard a woman screaming for help in the background. The man told her to hang on as he placed the phone down. Then she heard a dull thud noise as he struck his wife again and she stopped screaming. He picked up the phone again and told her he was sure his wife was dead this time. Hearing a murder and not being able to do anything to stop it was too much for her. She left that line of work.

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If you've ever worked with kids you know that their honesty and lack of filter can sometimes make them cringeworthy - and pretty hilarious.

If you haven't (or you don't have a thick skin) then you might not be able to appreciate just how funny kids can actually be. For those who can, this article should be a blast.

Reddit user moosepajamas asked:

Teachers of Reddit, what is the funniest thing you've ever heard a student say?

The answers could sometimes be insulting, sometimes silly, and sometimes downright baffling - just like kids themselves!


September 31

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One time I was asking students their birthdays. One boy told me that his birthday was September 31st. I tried to explain that this was not possible, but he insisted. Later, I looked it up. I then informed him that his birthday was November 17th.

He looked at me kind of confused and said "ohhhh." Then his face brightened and he said, "Well, last year I KNOW it was September 31st!"

- RedditStateOfMind

Jesus

I teach elementary band. One time we were preparing for a challenging playing test and a student said: "Man, I need to practice."

Without missing a beat the kid next to him says "My mom says I need Jesus."

- moosepajamas

Shown Up By A 5th Grader

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Was tutoring after-school a couple years ago. A kid asked "What time is it?"

I joked "Time for you to get a watch."

He responded "Time for you to get a new joke" without a moment's hesitation.

I had to laugh at getting shown up by a 5th grader. Two reading levels behind but witty as hell.

- Garlic_And_Sapphires

Jogathon

I had a student who was a newcomer (just moved to the US, almost no English) from Latvia. This kid is very bright and was one of my favorite 6th graders ever. We were having our annual jogathon, which is linguistically and culturally not translatable from Latvian.

Student: "So I pay you and you make me run?"

Me: "Yeah, that's actually how it goes."

Student: "This is simple. I don't pay you, you don't make me run."

Me: "uhhhh...."

- estrogyn

Rosa

Middle school field trip to a different state. One of the chaperones (a large black woman) wanted to get in a little nap in the back seat of the bus, so she made one of the students move to a seat in the front that was far from his friends. He got in the seat and started sulking. He was normally a pretty lively kid, so I leaned forward and asked what happened.

To which he replied: "I think I just got reverse Rosa Parks-ed!"

- almost_queen

The Moon

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I teach sophomores. One day, this girl was sitting at her desk, looking very concerned, and obviously wanted to ask me something. Finally, she blurted out, "Did anybody else see the moon in the sky during lunch? It's supposed to be out at night, something is wrong!"

- cubfanbybirth

Physically

Teacher to student: "Were you in class yesterday?"

Student, sounding more lost than anything and probably answering too honestly: "Physically... ?"

It wasn't so much an attempt at humor as just the summation of how we all felt in that class, one of those "it's funny because it's too true" things... we all were showing up, we were all sitting in the class physically... but being there? That was another question...

- Allisade

The Ladies

First grade. 6 yr. old lil dude about 3 ft. tall and 80 lbs. walks in late from recess.

Me - "Why are you late?"

Kid - grabs his hunk of belly with both hands like a ball of cream cheese and says "The ladies love this!"

Sits down like nothing happen with no smile.

- BoBoShaws

Synchronized

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He asked me "If a synchronized swimmer starts drowning, do they all start drowning?"

I lost it in class.

- bunsenbernerr

It's A Miracle

I teach high school, and one of my sophomores referred to merry-go-rounds as "miracle rounds". He legit thought that's what they were called 😂😂 I corrected him and he refused to believe me lol.

- royalredhead

The Pizza Guy

I was sharing information about math in art to my students (they're about 13 years old) and mentioned Leonardo da Vinci. A student said: "The pizza guy?"

I was confused, but later she said, "See! The pizza party!"

We were looking at The Last Supper.

- catpflug

Astronomy

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"I thought Astronomy would be easy because I know all about it but he hasn't even brought up horoscopes yet and we're 6 weeks in."

- chrisrayn

Budget Cuts

I teach band. One day I'm working with the high school jazz band and we're going to start mapping out some basic compositions. I pass out blank sheet music for them to use, which is simply blank 5-line staves with no notes, no symbols, etc.

One kid gets his sheet music expecting it to be a new song we're going to work on, sees that it's blank, looks up and says "Wow, budget cuts must've hit us hard, huh?"

- SquirrelSanctuary

Life Choices

Math prof. I finished a proof and to check understanding, I asked "does everyone understand my choices?" One of my favorite students ever piped up and said "Are we talking about your proof or how you've chosen to live your life?"

- coldstainlessnail

Before

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Wore a Captain America shirt to school since the student council had a super hero day. A student said I looked like Captain America - before the super soldier injections.

- numero1uno

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