The emergency operators of Reddit share their most haunting calls
Emergency hotline operators are the unsung heroes of our society. These are people who go to work each day, knowing that they are going to have to listen in on the worst moments in people’s lives. In their line of work, you have to be able to let go of the fear and move on. Some calls, though, are too chilling to forget.
A coworker of mine took this call:
911: where is your emergency? Caller: im at the bridge on [redacted] outside of [township] and theres a body underneath it 911: sit how do you know its dead C: i was driving through and i can just tell its face down and not moving at all. 911: ok sir is it male or female and can you tell if its wearing clothes? C: its a male and its fully dressed 911: sir how did you find the body does it seem like its been there a while? C: i was just driving by and saw it and no it doesnt look like its been there long. 911: ok can you stay there and meet the officer? C: yeah he should see my truck right on the bridge 911: ok sir and what is your name? C: my name is [redacted] date of birth [redacted] 911: ok thank you can you- C: [disconnected] 911: sir..sir..
Several calls back later and still no answer. Approx fifteen minutes later deputies arrive on scene and find an unoccupied truck parked at the bridge and the body of one elderly male under the bridge who had suffered a gun shot wound to the head approx 10 mins ago. The male had called in on himself. He had planned on taking his life and just wanted someone to find him but did it in a way that no one would be able to talk him out of it. I listened to the recording a couple days later and the most chilling part is this guy was 100% calm and collected. (Sharkn91)
I worked as a telephone operator in the early 90s. We often got calls for 911 and had to stay on the line while we connected. One poor guy said that he was a quadriplegic and had fallen out of his chair. He had spent 8 hours pulling himself to his phone by his face. (JibbityJabbity)
My grandma was a 911 operator. She told the most chilling call of her career was from a father who had accidentally hit his daughter to her chest with and arrow while doing archery. My grandma said the sheer desperation in his voice was something she never forgot. The girl didn’t survive. As a father of a young daughter this gives me chills too…(SaLexi)