Call 911 When You Need Help

One morning, before the crack of dawn, a strange noise woke me up. I thought I was dreaming, but it turned out to be groans outside of my window. Then I heard an unmistakable call for help. I scrambled for my cell phone and dialed 911.

I’ve been fortunate to never make an emergency call before, but wondered how it worked. I never acted on my curiosity because I didn’t want to clog up a line in case someone had a real emergency. Ironically, it was pretty straightforward like calling for tech support. The operator asked for my name and address. After I explained why I called, the operator asked if the person was male or female, how long has this been going on and if I wanted a call back.

Amazingly, one minute later I saw a flashlight shine past my window. “LAPD, where are you?” The voice groaned for help and I overheard the officer talk to my neighbor. A few minutes later, the voices disappeared, and case closed.

I’m not crazy enough to stick my head out and search for the voice myself. I did the next best thing and called the police for help. I empathized with the voice. If I ever fell and called for help, I would hope someone who hears me would do the same. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, right?

Final Thoughts

After my little scare, I thought of people buried in a mountain of debt. First of all, you need to recognize that there is a problem. Second, if you want to solve it, but it is out of your control, call for help. Put your pride and ego to the side. Whether it is a friend, a family member, a co-worker, or a blog, that help may have knowledge or experiences that can improve your situation. If you ignore it or continue with what you normally do, the problem will stay the same or may just get worse. Thanks to the LAPD for their quick response in solving my problem. I hope your calls for help produce equally beneficial results.

Stay Inspired!
Buck

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18 Responses

  1. Great story. It is so important to call if you need something. I would remind most people to carry the direct line to the local police as well, not just 911. If you call 911 in California, you usually get the Highway Patrol, and not your local police department. This can slow down the response time dramatically.

  2. Eric says:

    One day I was driving up to my parents house and waiting for a car to pass before making a U turn to park out front. That car shot past me, up the curb, across the lawn, and straight into the pine tree on the corner of my parents lawn.

    The first thing I did was call 911. It turned out that the car was driven by a couple of 12 year old girls that stole an older brother’s Audi. Everyone was safe and okay, but it was a scary thing to see.

  3. krantcents says:

    There used to be stories about people attacked in New York City and no one calling the police. People were aware of the attack and even watched, but did nothing. It was great you reported it. I find many people who could use help do not ask for it because either they are insecure or don’t know they need it. Don’t let your insecurity stop you from asking for help.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      The easiest thing to do is nothing. Sadly, I also read many stories where the Good Samaritan ended up getting hurt. The perfect medium to be is at least calling the police.

      You’re so right. There are two extremes. People who don’t know they need help or people who need help, but too embarrassed to ask for it. Happy medium people!

  4. I’m glad this turned out alright, and impressed at how responsive the police were. I have always had good experiences with the police when I needed their help.

    Staying in a hotel once, my 5 year-old dialed 911 without anyone else noticing. The police, sensing the obvious, contacted the hotel and asked them to investigate. The phone rang and the manager explained that an emergency call had been placed from our room. One look at my son explained everything. It was a valuable learning experience for him and thankfully we didn’t needlessly tie-up police resources.

  5. Thank goodness you heard the person. How crazy! …definitely something I’d rather not have to experience. But, it is nuts how some people would refuse to offer any assistance whatsoever!

    If ever I fall and need help, I hope it takes place near your window. =)

  6. Any reason you didn’t go out there and help the person yourself before calling the police?

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Great question. It was before sunrise, sometime between 5 and 6 am. You know what mom used to say, “Only bad things happen after dark.” Plus the area next to my window isn’t a common area so that voice shouldn’t have been there in the first place. I figure the police is better equipped to handle people who aren’t supposed to be there. I’m also a little jaded from all those terrible Good Samaritan stories where things go bad for the person who was trying to help. That’s why I went for the happy medium option.

  7. Wow, what a story. I too, have never had to call 911 before. I hope for my sake (and those around me) that I don’t have to. I liked the analogy – very creative and well done. 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration to be more creative.

  8. I had to call 911 back in 1999. Hubby had a bad heart attack. It seemed to take forever for them to get there. I heard the sirens and went out to flag them down and saw them turn up the wrong street!

    Once they got here it seemed like they sat in the driveway forever. I had run back inside to watch over hubby.

    It turned out ok for us – after getting to the hospital and then getting transferred to another hospital the doctor put in stents to open up the arteries.

    No fun.

  9. Vernon says:

    It recalls me the moment of 9-11 tragedy… I really feel sad during to those family who haven’t yet claim their justice about that… I love you post in the way of attaching video so that we can clearly understand the content…

  10. Always reassuring to know how responsive, vigilant and effective the emergency services can be. It goes without saying that all of those same accolades goes to the NY fire departments on that fateful day ten years ago. Touching tribute. Thanks for sharing.

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