While police officers and other first responders deserve every single ounce of credit we give them, and so much more, for their tough, demanding jobs, there’s a member of society we often overlook: the 911 dispatcher.
Acting as the conduit between us in our emergencies and the appropriate first responder who can help us, the dispatcher often hears callers in their most terrified and distraught states and must pin down key details, often through sobs or screams.
Antonia Bundy likely knew exactly what to expect when she became a dispatcher in Lafayette, Indiana, until the day she fielded an unexpected 911 call from a little boy in trouble.
“Hi, um, can you hear me?” the boy said, sounding a little bit nervous to make the call.
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Bundy responded in a sweet voice to the child that she can hear him, so the young man sheepishly continued his call.
“Umm, I had a really bad day and I just… I don’t know,” the little guy said, dejectedly.
“You had a bad day at school?” Bundy politely probed for details to determine the boy’s emergency.
“Yeah, I just came to tell you that,” the poor little guy answered.
Upon realizing that the boy’s call was clearly not an emergency, it seems Bundy would have had two options: first, she could scold him for abusing the emergency number, or, she could simply hang up on him and move onto more urgent calls.
However, Bundy’s demeanor and tone toward the boy never once sharpened. The boy had called during a time where the dispatch office was well-staffed and not receiving many other calls, so the kind young lady proceeded with the call and lent the boy a listening ear.
“What happened at school that made you have a bad day?” Bundy asked the child, to which he replied that he had been overburdened with homework in the most dreaded subject of all: math.
Not just any math, mind you. Fractions. This turned out to be a more serious problem than Bundy had thought.
The little boy’s tone actually brightened up significantly, as if he realized that Bundy could have been much less kind than she was, and the pair proceeded to tackle a tricky math problem.
As Bundy guided him through the steps, the boy slowly began to understand the technique for adding fractions and, if you listen closely, you can hear a jolt of excitement in his voice when he solves the problem.
Bundy seemed willing to proceed with more homework help, but the boy thanked her and apologized for calling, but he “really needed help.”
Full of sweetness and class, Bundy simply said, “you’re fine! We’re always here to help.”
This young woman may have a long, challenging career ahead of her as a dispatcher, but here’s hoping she always looks back fondly on this little boy’s call and remembers that she’s doing her part to serve her community well.
MUST SEE: Brave Alaskan Helps Baby Moose Navigate Highway Barrier
Normally, stories about moose on the highway don’t end this well.
Alaska is a state like no other. It’s still a veritably untamed place, where the weather and the wildlife are both out to get you. It takes a special kind of person to hack it in America’s last frontier. A simple run to the grocery store can be hazardous in some conditions, and just taking the garbage out at night may find you face-to-face with hundreds of pounds of brown bear. But ask any Alaskan what they hope to avoid the most, and many will tell you it’s the moose that you have to worry about. These creatures are simply enormous, and they have just enough of an attitude to be more than a nuisance when confronted. Combine that with the fact that plenty of Alaskans are killed each year after automotive collisions with these gargantuan animals, and you have a real recipe for trouble. This week, however, a different sort of moose story made headlines, and with some adorable photos to show for it. Last week, pictures of a man in Alaska lifting a moose calf over a highway guardrail were posted on Facebook. According to Andrea N Salty Bock, who posted the pictures on Facebook, the calf and its mother were near Clam Gulch, on the Kenai Peninsula. The mother was apparently trying to get her baby to go over the guardrail, but it was too tall for the calf. “Traffic stopped to give her the room she needed,” the Facebook post said. “But the calf could not clear the guardrail.” The photos were captivating. Authorities, while thankful that the moose was able to continue on its way, warned that the situation was still a dangerous one, despite the size and age of this animal.
VIRAL VIDEO: Hockey Fans Belt US National Anthem in Stirring Moment
The moment was simply magical.
For as much controversy as has been manufactured around the National Anthem, there is still nothing quite like witnessing a powerful rendition of a song that brings so many of us pride here in the United States. In the annals of sports history, there are but a few moments of anthemic joy that stand atop the list, with this author’s personal favorite being the incredibly salient and pointed version performed by Whitney Houston at the Super Bowl in 1991: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_lCmBvYMRs Now, 30 years and some months later, another unforgettable anthem moment has arrived. Nassau Coliseum was roaring with energy Wednesday night as fans in attendance belted out the National Anthem before the New York Islanders Game 6 victory over the Boston Bruins in a viral moment that is sure to give anyone chills. Nicole Raviv regularly sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Isles games at the Coliseum but on Wednesday night she was overpowered by the crowd, even turning over the microphone to the fans. “My heart is full. The coliseum will forever have the best backup singers in the #NHL,” Raviv wrote on Twitter. A moment like this was made for social media, and it soon spread like wildfire. https://twitter.com/NHLonNBCSports/status/1402773091672068098?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1402773091672068098%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxnews.com%2Fsports%2Fislanders-fans-national-anthem-viral-game-6-bruins The fans were ready, however, after a microphone glitch forced them to join in on the anthem just two games earlier.
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