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Have you ever called 911? why?

post #1 of 99
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Just curious how many of the MDC moms have called 911.

I have. I saw a man get hit by a car (and the car drove off) and he was bleeding alot from the head. There were other people around...but they didn't call and they were laughing because "he was only a retard" (their words not mine). It was before cell phones, so I ran to a bar and called. (this was about 16 years ago.)
post #2 of 99
Yes, many times when I was managing the domestic violence shelter. Mainly for an ambulance for my clients who needed medical attention and did not have a car. A few times when the alarm was set off at night. I also called once when my roommate had a seizure.
post #3 of 99
I've called several times. From witnessing accidents to reckless driving. Hearing what sounds like people being hurt.
post #4 of 99
Yes. About 10 years ago I lived in an apartment building with thin walls. My neighbors on one side were a couple who fought a lot, very loudly! One evening the guy threw the woman against our shared dining room wall - my clock on the wall was rocking back and forth on the nail due the force from her hitting the other side of the wall.

That was that, and I called the cops. They came out immediately. Turns out at least one of the other occupants of our building had called, too.
post #5 of 99
Yes, I broke my ankle once in my house and couldn't drive myself to the ER.

Also, I recently rented a vacation home, and the owner came in to show the house to a potential buyer. I had agreed he could interrupt my vacation, but he was 15 minutes early. My sister let the people in and I was just getting out of the shower and was wrapped in a towel. I would have had to walk halfway across the downstairs in front of 4 men. I am uber-modest so I asked them to step outside for 10 minutes so I could throw some clothes on but they refused. Yelling and screaming did nothing so I grabbed my cell phone and called 911. The men walked out, I apologized to the dispatcher, got dressed, and let them show the house.
post #6 of 99
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Originally Posted by momtoS View Post
Just curious how many of the MDC moms have called 911.

I have. I saw a man get hit by a car (and the car drove off) and he was bleeding alot from the head. There were other people around...but they didn't call and they were laughing because "he was only a retard" (their words not mine). It was before cell phones, so I ran to a bar and called. (this was about 16 years ago.)
That is awful.
post #7 of 99
No, never. I haven't called the non-emergency line, either.

That's not to say we haven't been exposed to situations that would warrant emergency services or policing - it's just that someone else has already called 911. We lived in low-income housing for a few years (off Colfax and and Federal, for those that are familiar wih Denver), so that alone meant drug deals, prostition, domestic violence, and car theft (mine included). I guess we are slower to respond than other neighbors were.
post #8 of 99
Several times... and non-emergency line even more times.

911 was twice due to my grandma not being able to breathe or respond to me when I asked her questions (she has COPD and for a while I was living with her to do exactly that when my Aunt was not around, so grandma did not end up going through it with no one else home)

Twice due to witnessing violent attacks (one of the two times I was the victim and was chased with a knife... had to call 911 from the other side of the door while he was trying to stab through to get me...)

Once for a car accident that happened in front of my house.
post #9 of 99
Me last fall.

Dh was seriously overworked, getting maybe 3 hours of sleep a night, dehydrated etc. He was in the washroom and complaining of stomach pain. I was in the kitchen and heard him quietly say "call 911" before I heard a thud.

I went in and he was on the floor, eyes wide open but completely out. The kids (2 and 4) freaked out.

I grabbed the phone, called 911 and then checked to see if I could find a pulse and to see if he was breathing okay. He was but it was so freaky to have him staring out me while unconscious.

He came to while I was on the phone but he still wasn't responding to me. He finally came to but was still acting odd. I managed to get him to the couch by the time paramedics came to take him away. He couldn't form sentences well and had trouble walking, while insisting he was fine.

He came back fine aside from a mild concussion and a fractured rib.

DD1 was not fine. She started googling "daddy's dead" and since then becomes hysterical whenever she gets an injury (mosquito bite, scrape, whatever).

The open eyes thing still freaks me out. I really thought he was dead for a moment. It was horrible.
post #10 of 99
Lots of times. A few times because I heard someone screaming. A few times for car accidents that I witnessed. A few times for what seemed to be drunk drivers or drivers asleep at the wheel. Once because a building looked like it was on fire (flames shooting out of the roof); the operator told me they were burning off their propane tanks or something. Once because a group of ten or fifteen pre-teen boys were viciously fighting in the street. A few days ago I called because the fire alarm went off in our apartment building and 40 minutes later the fire department had still not responded.

I've never regretted calling, but I have regretted not calling.
post #11 of 99
Not personally, but I have instructed another person to call 911. I witnessed a homeless man lose consciousness and fall down and start to seize. I asked a passerby to call an ambulance. I made him a pillow from my coat, asked him questions to keep him focused on me and asked him not to move and stayed with him until the ambulance arrived. Nobody else stopped to help. No one else seemed to care. It was very sad.
post #12 of 99
Twice. Once I came up on a roll over on a rural road, this was back when everyone didn't have cell phones. A couple other cars had stopped but no one had a phone, I did so I called. And another time I was in a different city so I didn't know the animal control number but there was a dog locked in a hot car who was showing signs of distress.
post #13 of 99
Yes but only 911 for major things. Domestic violence, drug overdoses, theft, etc.

I've never used the non-emergency line for anything. I'm just not the type to complain about loud music, or obnoxious teenagers, or that kind of thing. I prefer to handle small stuff like that in person, or just ignore it.
post #14 of 99
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Originally Posted by CrazyCatLady View Post
I'm just not the type to complain about loud music, or obnoxious teenagers, or that kind of thing. I prefer to handle small stuff like that in person, or just ignore it.
same here. We tend to just go about our own business. I really don't care if the neighbors are smoking pot - or growing it. Or the teenagers are having a party. I guess it's b/c we did those types of things, too, so we aren't very judge-y or worried, especially when something doesn't impact innocent people.
post #15 of 99
Yes, many times for work, once for a fight between two neighbours, once or twice for a VERY impaired driver... Non emergency many times for impaired drivers and a few other things. Like a previous poster, never regretted calling but did regret NOT calling. I wouldn't call for pot smoking or a small party... Stuff like that not... Unsafe and extremely illegal? Yes.

However there was one time I called 911 that makes for a GREAT story.

I was living on my own in a basement suite and my landlords often went away for 3-5 days (usually once a month) and this one time I knew they were away because I had been trying to pay rent and it was completely quiet upstairs...

I heard weird male voices and then a latter against the side of the house. It was like 9pm at night. I called my parents to see if they could come by (they live close) but they were away too so I called 911. By that point I could hear foot steps inside the house.

The police came immediately and about ten minutes later there was a knock on the door. It was the police and apparently my landlord had come home and forgotten his keys so he borrowed a latter from the neighbour and climbed in through a window. He came down later and apologized. He said he should have come and mentioned it to me but he didn't think about it. He was thankful I was aware.
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post #16 of 99
A few times. Once for a bad hit and run accident near our home. Once on a relative for domestic violence(not against me, but I could hear what was happening and so I called). And once on a highway because of a REALLY drunk driver that was swerving all over the place.

I have also called non-emergency a bunch of times, usually dog related.
post #17 of 99
A few times. Wrecks that I've driven up on or seen out the window. Once because of dh's cousin who ripped his Achilles tendon open on a dirt bike.

Never called the non-emergency line.
post #18 of 99
I called once because we had a fire in our dryer.

It didn't do damage other than the clothes & the dryer. Not very exciting, but it still sucked!
post #19 of 99
I called once last winter. It was super cold out here (for noVA) and several townhouses where I lived had burst pipes in their garages which set off the old school bell fire alarms attached to our buildings. DH and I were inside and I kept saying, "what is that noise? what is that noise??" and finally went outside and found that our neighbor (who was an idiot!) had left his garage door open and a pipe froze and burst. Water was pouring onto his boxes and garage stuff, so I called 911 (should have prolly called non-emergency) and knocked on his door. His car was in the drive, but no answer. The fire department came and turned off the water.

Worst part of this story is that for months he left all the water-logged stuff just sitting in his garage. We were so happy to move away from that guy!
post #20 of 99
I called once because the people up stairs were fighting - not just yelling - things were obviously getting thrown across the apartment. There were kids who lived there and though I didn't think any were home at the time, I couldn't be sure. Even if there were no kids, things sounded vicious. I figured if it wasn't violent yet, it was going to escalate to that point soon, and my kids were really upset by it. I knew I was doing the right thing, but it was a hard call to make. I heard the police show up, but I don't know what came of it because I had all the doors and window shut to try to block it out. The fighting stopped after the police left, btu I don't know if anyone was arrested.
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