Plane crash – In Aprili 2011 a single-engine plane crashed in Monroe County (Ohio), killing three occupants. Several people dialed 911 to report the fiery scene.
Murder confession – In August 2010 a man dialed 911 to confess to murdering another man. Lubbock (Tex.) dispatcher Jennifer Arenivas talked to Eric Perez as police drove to where he was. Perez was arrested and charged with stabbing a man to death.
Youthful robber – In April 2011 a 12 year-old girl walked into an Oakland County (Mich.) liquor store with a S&W semi-auto pistol and attempted to rob the store. An employee grabbed her arm and took away the gun, then held the girl on the floor while another employee called police.
Floating car – In April 2011 a woman outside Waynesville (Ohio) drove her car into a flooded creek, and then calmly dialed 911 for help. Firefighters rescued her and she was uninjured.
Child overdose – In April 2011 a woman in Ridge Manor (Fla.) dialed 911 but was barely able to explain that her 12 year-old son had overdosed on Xanax and other pills she had. A Hernando County sheriff’s dispatcher eventually learned her address and the son survived. Lori Puentes was arrested for child endangerment. Also hear a second call made by the son’s friend:
Missing child – In April 2011 an autistic boy disappeared from his home in Cushing (Okla.), and his grandmother dialed 911. However, the grandmother had difficulty giving the Cushing PD dispatcher an adequate description, as the mother wouldn’t come on the phone. The boy was later found drowned in a nearby pond.
Tower fall – In April 2011 two men constructing a radio tower outside Dallas (Tex.) were apparently struck by a “gin pole” and knocked from the tower, and died. A co-worker dialed 911 and talked to a Tippacanoe County sheriff’s dispatcher.
Shooting by tot? – In April 2011 a man in Miramar (Fla.) dialed 911 and reported that his wife had accidentally been shot by his 2 year-old child.
Murder call – In April 2011 a woman in Arlington Heights (Ill.) dialed 911 to report a murder—she was on the phone with the girlfriend of her brother-in-law’s house and found him dead. The suspect fled in a car during the call.
Officer shooting, initial radio – In May 2011 a Fayetteville (NC) officer investigating a citizen’s report of a man carrying a long-gun was shot by the man, and suspect then ran to his home. After a 4-hour stand-off, Careem Leggett was found dead inside, apparently a suicide. Also listen to the citizen’s 911 call and the on-going radio traffic:
Overdose – In May 2011 a group of 8 people went to a party in Seminole (Okla.) and took a hallucinogenic drug, then became ill. One person who took no drugs dialed 911 for help. One woman died and the other seven were in serious condition at a hospital.
Home invasion – In May 2011 three people invaded a Muskogee (Okla.) home, beat and robbed the occupants. A 10 year-old girl guest of the occupants dialed 911 for help and spoke to a dispatcher, remaining calm throughout.
School shooting – In May 2011 the grandfather of a Gainesville (Fla.) elementary student came to school, got into a disturbance, retrieved a gun from his car and began shooting at the school resource deputy. The occupants of a classroom dialed 911 for help.
CPR Call – In May 2011 a college football player on pain medication went unconscious at a friend’s house in Tulsa (Okla). The friend dialed 911 and attempted to perform CPR.
Zoo camel injury – In May 2011 a child was injured at the Knoxville zoo, and a woman dialed 911. But zoo officials didn’t know of the incident and held EMS units at the front gate until they could determine the camel wasn’t loose.
Officer shooting – In May 2011 an off-duty Newark (NJ) officer was shot and killed at a restaurant in that city, generating this radio traffic (28 minutes).
Fire with rescue – In April 2011 a 2-alarm fire in Washington (DC) resulted in a rescue when a roof collapsed (38 minutes).
Officer shooting – In April 2011 a Clairton (Penn.) officer was shot by a home invasion robbery suspect, generating radio traffic (10 minutes).
Invasion burglary – In May 2011 a woman in Westminster (Colo.) heard intruders break into her home, and hid with her teenage son while she dialed 911.
Wrong address – In June 2011 a woman was crushed during a house demolition, and a 911 caller gave the correct location. But an Atlanta (Geo.) dispatcher sent units to to Daniel Street, instead of the correct Daniel Avenue location.
Big 5 shooting – In June 2011 a man entered a Big 5 sporting goods store in Watsonville (N. Calif.), broke the lock off a secured shotgun, loaded it and began firing. An employee dialed 911 for help, and when police arrived they confronted the suspect and fatally shot him.
Burglar fatally shot – In May 2011 an intruder entered a Lawrenceville (Geo.) home and assaulted a woman, who grabbed a .22-cal. pistol and shot the man. The woman then ran next door to a neighbor’s house, and he called police.
Murder – In June 2011 a man in Arlington Heights (Ill.) dialed 911 to report he had fatally stabbed his father. Steven Cole was arrested by police and charged with murder. Police say he has a history of psychiatric treatment.
Man in attic – In June 2011 a 79 year-old man climbed into his super-hot Daytona Beach attic to make repairs, prompting his son to dial 911 and ask for help in convincing the man to come down. A Volusia County sheriff’s dispatcher declined to send a deputy, and two hours later the fire department had to respond to extricate the unconscious man through the roof. The sheriff said the caller and dispatcher acted properly.
Murder-suicide – In June 2011 a Warrington (Penn.) man dialed 911 to report he had murdered his wife and young son. After hanging up, Christopher Moyer drove off, and later in the day put his head on a transit rail and was killed by a train.
Intruder shooting – In June 2011 a thief arrived via WaveRunner at a Miami Shores house to steal a boat, but was spotted by the residents who used a shotgun to fire at him. During a 911 call, a mother yelled at her son to “get the gun,” and shortly after the son fired the shotgun, fatally wounding the suspect.
Child birth – In July 2011 a couple pulled over along I-215 near Salt Lake City (Utah) and the father dialed 911 for help. However, he put the phone down before he could receive help from the dispatcher.
Officer injured – In June 2011 Baltimore (Md.) police Off. Teresa Rigby fell from an Interstate highway overpass while handling an auto accident, landing 20 feet below. Citizens dialed 911 and officers responded.
Homicide – In July 2011 a Wilmington (NC) man returned home and found his fiancé dead, and then he dialed 911. Police are investigating Carol Ann Johnson’s death.
Heatstroke death – In July 2011 a man working with a landscaping crew collapsed outside of a medical clinic, and a crew member dialed 911. The father of Cody Johns came on the phone to say that his son had been turned away from the clinic, creating some controversy when the victim later died at a hospital with a body temperature of 110°.
Shooting – In July 2011 a woman dialed 911 from College Park (Fla.) to report her boyfriend had been shot. Police later arrested Caryn Kelley for murder.