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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Alcoholism In The #1stresponder Family

By Safe Call Now Admin

Families and Friends Are Affected

Alcoholism is a family disease.  Compulsive drinking affects the drinker and it affects the drinker’s relationships.  Friendships, employment, childhood, parenthood, love affairs, and marriages all suffer from the effects of alcoholism.  Those special relationships in which a person is really close to an alcoholic are affected most, and we who care are the most caught up in the behavior of another person.  We react to an alcoholic’s behavior. Seeing that the drinking is out of hand, we try to control it.  We are ashamed of the public scenes but try to handle it in private. It isn’t long before we feel we are to blame and take on the hurts, the fears, and the guilt of an alcoholic.  We, too, can become ill.

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The People Who Save Lives At Safe Call Now… Nick Voth

By Safe Call Now Admin

At Safe Call Now we are so grateful for the men and women who volunteer their time to serve all first responders, retirees and their family members nationwide in their times of need.  You will never know who they are or what they look like and probably don’t care at 2:00 am because you just need help.  Our Peer Advocates are so dedicated to guiding you through your time of crisis that we wanted to take this opportunity to introduce them to you. They really are special individuals.

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