Ever wonder what it’s like answering 9-1-1 Emergency calls?  These are real stories from actual 9-1-1 calls providing an inside-look at the world of emergency communications: the good, the bad, the funny, and the sad; and how it all affects the dispatchers who answer those calls 24/7/365.

“My homie just stabbed me so I shot him.”

Me: “9-1-1 Emergency.”

Caller: “9-1-1?  Yeah man,  my homie just stabbed me so I shot him.  We needs an ambulance or somethin’.”

Me: “Where are you?”

Caller: “At my pad.”

Me: “What’s the address?”

Caller: “1234 Main St.”

Me: “Is your homie still there?”

Caller: “Yeah, we out front.”

Me: “Is he breathing and conscious?”

Caller: “Yeah he ain’t hurt bad, just shot in the leg.”

Me: “Is the bleeding under control?”

Caller: “He’s fine.”

Me: “What about you?  You said he stabbed you?”

Caller: “Yeah, he came at me with a knife and cut my arm.”

Me: “Is your bleeding under control?”

Caller: “Yeah.”

Me: “Ok, I have police and paramedics on the way to help you.  I’m just going to keep you on the phone until they get there.”

Caller: “What man?  Nah!  Don’t send no cops!  We just need a ride to the hospital in an ambulance.  No cops!”

Me: “You just got stabbed and you shot the guy who did it.  The police have to come for that.  Sorry.  How did all this happen?”

Caller: “My homie found out I been hookin’ up with his girl, so he came to my pad and got all crazy.  He pulled out his knife and cut my arm good, so I shot him in the leg.”

Me: “Where is his knife?”

Caller: “In the house.”

Me: “Where is your gun?”

Caller: “In the house.”

Me: “You or your homie have any other weapons on you that I need to know about?”

Caller: “Nah man.  I can hear the sirens.”

Me: “Ok good.  When the police get there, put your phone down and then raise your hands high up in the air so the officers can see.  And tell your homie to do the same thing.”

Caller: “Not this again man!”

Me: “Hey listen, the police officers just want to make sure you’re not going to stab or shoot them.  Once they know everything is safe, then they’ll help you and your homie get medical treatment and a ride to the hospital in the ambulance.”

Caller: “Aight.  They pullin’ up now.  I’mma put my phone down.”


This just goes to show you never know what you’re going to get when someone calls 9-1-1, and I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried.  I remember shaking my head in disbelief at how ordinary of a conversation the caller treated this, as if this happens all the time in his world and it were just another day.  Both the caller and his “homie” were treated for their non-life-threatening wounds, but I do not know the judicial outcome on whether the subjects were prosecuted for any criminal charges.