Have YOU ever called 911??

@greengal (4288)
United States
March 18, 2007 7:06pm CST
A few days back it was raining cats and dogs here in Dallas and of course there were many emergencies. The whole day I could hear emergency vehicle sirens. It got me thinking, who would have been the good soul who called 911 and notified them that attention was needed somewhere?It may have been a stranger or maybe the one in need of care. I personally have never had the opportunity to call 911(no mishaps yet touch wood!) My question, have YOU ever called 911 and if so why? What was the emergency situation?
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@c2adams2 (351)
• United States
19 Mar 07
Twice! The first time was because of a fire. I live in a college neighborhood with a lot of drunken idiots, and someone thought it would be fun to pile refuse, like chairs, couches, and matresses in the middle of an intersection and set them on fire! The second was because I had an athsma attack and no medication. Talk about scary!
@greengal (4288)
• United States
19 Mar 07
Oops..big emergencies!!
@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
19 Mar 07
Well, I have never called 911 as I do not live in America but we do have our own numbers to call which is 000 and I have called them many time when there has been an emergency not only for myself but for my neighbours and fellows that live around me, just incase they are experiencing something the same as myself. I have called them for fire and for anyone that was hurt in my area, we also call this number for the police.
@emeraldisle (13146)
• United States
19 Mar 07
I always wondered if other countries had similiar things like our 911 and what it was. Thanks for letting us know on that :) The 000 makes a lot of sense since it would be fairly easy to dial and to remember.
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• Philippines
19 Mar 07
Well I havent tried calling the emergency number in our area. But I would like to commend those people who really take initiative to call the attention of the proper authorities to make things right asap. Most people tend to freeze whenever something wrong happens and I just find people who react rightfully impressive that they are able to think fast in times like this.
@greengal (4288)
• United States
19 Mar 07
That's true, not everybody can act spontaneously and immediately.
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
19 Mar 07
I have called 911 several times. We were on the interstate once when a minivan lost control in the wet road and hit the bridge, nearly went over the siderails. In fact the grill was torn off and did go into the river. I called 911 while my husband admistrated stand first aide. He is a Standard Firt Aide and CPR instructor and a EMT-M. There have been 3 wrecks in front of our home and I called 911 to get help for them. Late one night we were following a truck that was driving all over the road. We thought they must be drunk. They just drove off the road and into a really deep ditch. As it turned out they were not drunk. They were from somewere else and we not used to the curves in West Virginia and we ahd to call 911 to have a tow truck sent to help them get out.
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@greengal (4288)
• United States
19 Mar 07
Oh village, that is some serious stuff. You must feel proud to have a hubby who is the emergency services itself. We should have more people like you who are helpful.
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• United States
19 Mar 07
I have called 911. Once when I was travelling on the highway, there was this big cement truck in front of me and believe it or not the wet cement started spewing out of the truck. Flying every where, it was nasty. On folks windshields, all over the vehicles. That was a while back before they gave us the non-emergency #. Not sure how many people called in but I made sure I did. Hopefully the highway patrol came and got it of a there !
@greengal (4288)
• United States
19 Mar 07
Oh my, that must have been a sight.
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@kurtbiewald (2628)
• United States
19 Mar 07
like twice a year or so if somebody might be in danger or weapons involved, thats my criteria for calling sometimes young women scream rape in my neighborhood. Then I get up to check or go outside at 3am to check even. 90% of the time its nothing, they shoul stop doing that also, 99% of the time its kids being drunk, thats all
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@greengal (4288)
• United States
19 Mar 07
Aw that is awful!
19 Mar 07
until this time i never called 911........
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• Malaysia
19 Mar 07
once, i was on my way back to my hometown where there's a fire at the bushes along the roadside. i quickly called 999 (my country equivalent of 911) to report about the fire. i was just about to elaborate more about the fire when the operator said in sad tone - 'sir, you're the fifth person to report about the fire. we are on our way. thank you.' so much for being a helpful citizen :)
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
19 Mar 07
Fortunately, I have never had to call 911 and hope that I never do. I am sure I will at some point whether it is for myself needing help or a neighbor or friend. I have had to call for the medical people at my office for assistance and they called 911 to have an ambulance come for a ex coworker.
@missyd79 (3438)
• United States
20 Mar 07
ihad to call 911 ofr my own safety. my ex husband and i were fighting and he was getting physical with me. i called 911, he took the phone and hung up, the 911 operator called back and he answered told them there was no porblem and i yelled and said there was, and he hung up again got more phyiscal with me and then left. 20 minutes after he left a cop finally showed up and told me that i should leave my home in case he came back. i was livid and never called again because cops are jerks when it comes to domestic violence.
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@greengal (4288)
• United States
21 Mar 07
Oops, I'm sorry you had a bad experience with the cops missy..
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@missyd79 (3438)
• United States
27 Mar 07
i had a bad experience with them but i do not disrespect them, because yes i understand they may have more important things to do then answer domestic calls but sometimes it is needed.
• Singapore
19 Mar 07
I saw your discussion hours back but I didn't reply because I thought 911 is an ambulance service (which I have never utilised, thankfully). I had the time to check it out and it seems that it is the number for police? In Singapore, it is 999. I have called the police several times. Perhaps I would just highlight one incident. I just finished buying my ticket at the cinema. It was on the fifth floor of a shopping mall. If you try to picture the layout, it is a donut shape (the centre is hollow) and the shops are along the circumference. The lift was at one end, and the cinema counter was exactly opposite. The shops are in between. The lift and nearby escalators are the only exit from that floor, so to speak. As I said, I just got my tics and suddenly I heard some fierce voice. I turned around and to my horror, I was caught in the middle of what was apparently a gang fight. One guy was coming towards me from my right and he was holding a chair (maybe from the game arcade on the same floor). He wasn't just holding it like one adjusting his seat - he was using it as a tool to likely whack someone. People were moving on my left and I didn't get a good look. But can you believe it? The atmosphere was tense and onlookers were starring. I was actually caught in the centre of it all like some movie. No joke really... it really happened as I describe. And that guy just walk past me (he was just one hand span from me) to my relief. I quickly got out of the way and surreptitiously called the police. Till this day, I am still very surprised to see such a thing happened in Singapore. It is VERY VERY rare. Oh boy, when did I get so naggy? Hope I didn't bore you. :P
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@greengal (4288)
• United States
20 Mar 07
Oh wiz that sure was a close call! Hey u didn't bore me one bit in fact I was so engrossed in reading this that I didn't realize it would soon end..lol I can imagine how you would have felt..!! Yup 911 is the emergency number for medical, fire and the police here in the USA.
• Singapore
21 Mar 07
:p
@tammyr (5956)
• Etowah, Tennessee
19 Mar 07
My mother was a diabetic and she had it bad. I had to call for her many times. I have called for a house fire when I passed on the road. I had to call from a payphone and they wanted to argue about whether there was really a fire. I told her "Just give me your name, and I'll go back to see if anyone knows if there are people in there dying while you decide if they really need help or not." She sent a fire truck. Lucky the nieghbors had seen them all leave earlier and no one was in side. My son and a friends daughter were at my house with my mom one time and her sugar dropped. I was gone to pick up a package of photos we had made. My son called my BF's brother to see if I was there and he called 911. They thought it was a crank because he was in a different city 15 miles away from the address he sent them to, so they sent the law to his house instead. he finally convinced them to send a ambulance to her. They took our kids and put them in foster care for the night. It was the worse night of my life!!! I had to go to a meeting to see if I would get my son back. Of course after the whole story came out we both got our children back, but it was a night from he%%!! I also came upon a wreck one time. The boy had flipped his car and was ejected. I made sure he was alive and he got up out of the road. I made him sit in the grass while I went to the house he wrecked in frount of. I had forgotten my phone of course! I was in a state of shock and could barely talk. The boy was covered in blood and I was so afaid for him. I got her to call 911 because I could not speak clearly. The boy kept getting up walking around and I kept telling him to sit down and be still. I had a towel on his head to stop the bleeding until, Thank God above, a Rescue squad worker happened to drive through. I was more than happy to see him! The boy had a broken back. he was in The hospital for a long time after that. I do not see how he could be up walking around with a broken back! I guess he was in shock and did not relize he was hurt that bad. I took a course in first aid and CPR shortky after that. I now know what to do in an emergency. I think everyone should be certified and keep it up to date as you never know when it could save a life!
@greengal (4288)
• United States
21 Mar 07
Oh tammy, these experiences must have been stressful. Lucky for the boy you were around, and you are right, we should brace ourselves for such emergencies.
@weemam (13378)
19 Mar 07
yes I have quite a few times and all have turned out fine , 3 times because of heart attack my hubby had , twice when hubby once and Ross another fell down stairs and couldn't move , They have saved my hubby's life a couple of times , I take my hat of to the ambulance people her in Scotland xxx
@greengal (4288)
• United States
21 Mar 07
Glad to know they were there to help wee.:)
@kaperkitty (1097)
• Canada
19 Mar 07
yep I have called 911 a few times for medical emergencies but it isn't thge funniest time 911 was called from my home...I'm lying in bed..I hear sirens yep there getting closer...closer...closer...bang bang i'm up my hair is sideways i have the oldest pjs know to man on...and there's an ambulance 2 cop cars...and one very guilty looking cat...yep the cat dialed 911 we have no idea hoiw but one the tape you hear her meowing swear to God its was to freaking funny the cop even had to laugh.... Cheryl
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@greengal (4288)
• United States
21 Mar 07
LOL...cats!! ;o)
• United States
19 Mar 07
I have called 911 before. We had just gotten home and gotten out of the car when we heard tires squealing and a big crash. We turned around and saw a wreck right there at our road and one car started flipping. We ran over to see if everyone was alright and I saw that it was my cousin's friend and then I ran in our house and got the phone and dialed 911. My cousin's friend wasn't paying attention and the elderly lady in front of her stopped and she didn't put her turn signal on so my cousin's friend rear ended her and sent her flipping through the air cause she hit the lady really hard. They both were fine but were shaken up really bad.
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@greengal (4288)
• United States
20 Mar 07
oh heavens! Good they got away.
• United States
19 Mar 07
I have not called 911, but I have had to call the fire dep. My son was 15 mo. old and my dd was only a month old and it was a some what hot day. I put my daughter in her car seat and I had her door open while I was saying good bye to my friend and my son who was playing with the door, locked and shut the door with my baby daughter and my keys in the car. I paniced. I didn;t know what to do. The neighbor came out and gave me his phone so I could call the fire dep. I was never so happy to see the fire truck in my life. She was okay and they opened my car. I am very careful with door locks now.
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@greengal (4288)
• United States
20 Mar 07
Thank goodness they came!
@owensmom (23)
• United States
19 Mar 07
Yes I have called 911 I think only four times in my life One when I was little because my dad was was overdosing, Another when I was little on a dare and let me tell you it was not worth it. I got in so much trouble. The other is when I wrecked my car and then one night I was walking home and this guy was beating this girl right outside in front of a gas station so I called them then too. I did call once too to report a deer that had been hit but was still alive just a broken leg but that time they said they don't deal with that sort of thing and that it would die anyways which kind of made me a little sad.
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@greengal (4288)
• United States
20 Mar 07
Aww that is sad, poor deer. I'm not sure who else you could call in that situation, is there a unit for animal services? I have no idea!
@yvonne1968 (1065)
• United States
19 Mar 07
Well i was just thinking no i have never had a emergency where i needed 911. But then i was going to say my cat did once by accidently hitting the button on the phone. But by thinking about the cat i remembered yes i did last spring. My parents had a very very old refrigetor in the basement. When our cat first was sick with kidney failure. It had to be her sickness and all that. The cat actually alerted us to the old frig was on fire inside the frig. So we had to call 911 for that because at first we smelled it and didnt know where it was coming from.
@greengal (4288)
• United States
20 Mar 07
Smart cat!
@navkat (23)
• Canada
19 Mar 07
I called 911 once because a lady driving a Neon in front of me was drunk and smashed into a telephone pole. Power lines came crashing down and the lights went out on that street. It was nighttime in buffalo and the roads were dark and icy. Another time, I had 911 called for ME because of a car wreck I was in. I was driving a 2002 Honda Civic and smashed head-first into an embankment after hitting a patch of sand and losing control of the vehicle. I walked away without a scratch.
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@greengal (4288)
• United States
20 Mar 07
Oh my that must have been a harrowing experience! Good you got away.
@prisidio (35)
• Canada
19 Mar 07
When I was a young kid, I remember how I phoned 911. The police/fire ended up coming up to my house and thanks to my mom's convincing abilities, they left without issuing a fine. I got in big trouble though, I remember I couldn't play my nintendo for 2 weeks. For a 6 year old kid, that was torture!
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@greengal (4288)
• United States
20 Mar 07
LOL I can imagine!