When The Phone Rings… A 9-1-1 Dispatcher’s Pain

By Samantha Smith – Armor Up West Virginia

Being a 911 dispatcher is not a job for just anyone.  Multitasking is an absolute must.  Every time the phone rings you never know what will be on the other line.  Dispatchers are all too often over looked and not considered a first responder.  Who do you think sends the first responders?  They don’t magically know where to go.  911 dispatchers are the FIRST ones to offer help or assistance, figuring out where you are when you have no idea and being the calm reassuring voice during your storm.

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Dear Tomorrow…

By Ti Mahoney Blair

It’s today, really, but it feels like you are still tomorrow, because it’s dark outside and I have yet to go to sleep.  What day is it? And why am I still here…

Tomorrow, I used to worry about you and dread you. I regretted yesterdays and I held my breath until the todays were over.  I wished my life away.  Time stands still.  And then it whips by like a deja vu.  A memory I have had before. Who am I becoming? Now that I can’t hide anymore?

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Cop Dreams… What’s That All About???

By Betsy Brantner Smith

I wrote an article a few years ago for PoliceOne.com titled “Cop Dreams.”  The feedback was immediate and unexpected.  So many people were surprised to find out that they weren’t alone in experiencing these vivid, sometimes terrorizing dreams, and it wasn’t just the cops who were having them.

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