Thursday, July 28, 2011

Aloha Friday

Aloha Friday is the day that they take it easy over at An Island Life and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too.   So I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response. If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and head over to An Island Life to link up. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends.
My question:

Have you ever had to call 911, or if you are in anther country whatever the emergency number is?

I don't really know what go me thinking about this, but it is something I am curious about.  I have called it twice. 

The first time I was in college and lived in an apartment complex next to the junior high/high school.  I was heading home after class as all the high schoolers were heading home.  I heard brakes squeal and looked in my rear view mirror to see that a car in the oposing lane stopped and in front of it there was a boy splayed out on the road off of his bike.  I called 911 and they were asking me all kinds of questions that I couldn't answer from my truck so I pulled in and parked and walked back to the accident.  The boy eventually was able to get up and even talked on my phone to the dispatcher, then the ambulance arrived.  They checked him out and he was ok, but of course I'm sure the girl who was driving the car got ticketed.   

The second time I was driving down here for my job interview and it was raining pretty hard all day.  I came through a canyon on the I-70 corridor through Utah and came around the corner where I saw a big rock in the middle of my lane.  I was able to manuver around it, but it was getting later in the evening and I worried that someone might come around the corner in the dark, not see it and hit it.  As soon as I got into cellular range I called.  The dispatcher really hastled me on trying to describe the size of the rock.  I tried to tell her it was a really big rock, or a small boulder.  If a truck with high clearance went over it they might clear it, but if a car went over it, they would have severe damage.  She still wanted to know what object I could compare it to in size.  Some time later after I moved down here I saw the Utah Department of Transportation fixing that particular spot in the road where the rock slide caused damage.


  1. Yes, unfortunately we have had to call 911. Once when my son had a seizure and another time when my husband got badly burned trying to light a huge burn pile. I also once called 911 because there was a crazy (probably drunk) driver behind me riding right on my tail. His driving was so wreckless that he almost hit me and ran off the road several times. That was very scary!

  2. Fortunately, I have never had to call 911.

  3. I have had to call 911 a few times - the most prominent one was when hubby and I were leaving one of his band gigs (at 1 or 2 a.m.) and noticed an erratic driver - I called 911 on my cell while we followed her quite a distance. We actually got to see her get pulled over, and found out later she was beyond drunk. Scary!

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  4. I have only called the emergency once. It was because I had a dead man outside my apartment. that was years ago. I think it was before 911. So I have not called 911 for an emergency.

  5. I was with my sister and we saw a lady in a wheelchair get hit by a car while crossing the road. Truly one of the worst things I've ever witnessed.

  6. How funny! I haven't ever knock on wood, had to call 911. I am actually scared that I just wrote that on here. Am I jinxing myself??? :)

  7. I have had to call 911 three times actually. One was because of a horrible car accident I witnessed on New Years Eve a few years ago, when the Fire Department arrived a lady ended up driving right into the back of the truck, that was scary!

    The second time was almost two years ago, my father passed out in my kitchen and I couldn't get him up. He died on the way to the hospital, very hard for me still to this day, the what ifs surronding the incident race through my head still to this day.

    The third time was about a month after my father died. I was working at a diner, it was icy out, and this homeless man walked in covered in blood. I called 911 right away, they came stitched his head. He refused to go to the hospital with them. The paramedics ordered shakes to go, and while I was making them the man left slipped right outside of the diner, hit his head again which killed him instantly. It was very hard to witness and I dread the day I have to call 911 again, since I don't have a good survival rate! :/

    Sorry for such a sad comment!

  8. I did when I was hit by a teen driver. I must have waited an hour too.

    Have a great Friday!

  9. Accidentally. I was alone at home. with a young baby. I heard something outside. I freaked out. I thought I'd dial 911 and hang up within a 2nd so that I could have them on re-dial really quick if I ever need them :)

    They CALLED BACK!! they came over! *faint*

    And I think I called again another time but my mind isn't connecting on why.

  10. I had to think on this one. I have called 911 or at least police dispatch over 10 times.

    mostly for drunk drivers or unsafe drivers. I used to live near several bars and would sit outside my house at bar close and call in obviously drunk drivers. (those all went to dispatch) I've also had to call on drag racers multiple times, usualy to dispatch, once to 911 directly cause they were running every red light.

    I have also had 3 car accidents I have witnessed or were part of. Only one was serious life or death danger- a drunk driver ran the light and hit a motorcycle and everyone landed in my yard. motorcycle guy lost his leg below the knee. Luckily my roommate is a first responder and the guy kept his life.

  11. I have only called once when I was in a car accident and was panicking.

  12. Luckily, no . . . knock on wood. :-)

    Aloha - Kailani
    An Island Life

  13. Luckily never and my fingers are crossed that I never do


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