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?
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.
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