As most of you know, a couple weeks ago, my partner Ryan and I were working an afternoon shift when at 10:23 p.m. calls starting coming in about a shooting which occurred at a Menomonie trailer park. In a nutshell we handled a massive amount of phone calls, handled all the radio traffic for several agencies, and made tons of phone calls to people who needed to be contacted in reference to the event. Although our shift ends at 11:00 p.m., we were so super busy that we couldn't just leave a mess for our relief, so by the time we were done sorting everything out, it was 11:45 p.m. What a day!!
Basically this event was one of a kind which has NEVER happened in Menomonie and something of this nature will probably not happen again for hopefully a long time. It was an event that as a dispatcher you don't exactly think you'll ever handle, especially in Menomonie. It was very nice of those of you who called, emailed, texted, etc, to ask about how I (and Ryan) were doing. It is nice to know that there are friends, family, firefighters, and officers who care enough and are concerned and wanted to let us know that we did a good job. Although the firefighters and officers are our co-workers in a different sort of way, it was really nice to hear from them since we never heard from our own (unless you misspell a word of course.) It definitely makes me aware of who is there for you as a co-worker and who is not.
Thank you to those who are awesome co-workers and to those who provide EMS and police services day to day. We work in a thank-less job and it is nice to know that most of us support each other!!