FAR SIDE OF FIFTY Never Forget : 911 Memorial
Eight years ago, I was in North Dakota helping our daughter Jen with her newborn son Adam. Trica called us and said turn on the TV, she was living in a suburb of Chicago at the time. Far Guy was at ho... Posted on 9/11/09 at 4:31 AM
A tour of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum begins in a bright area representing his early domestic agenda, but with one turn, visitors find themselves in a darkened room surrounded by chilling reminders of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
On Jan. 19, The Jamestown Sun republished an editorial from The Forum newspaper regarding a bill before the Legislature (House Bill 1156) that would restrict access to recordings of 911 calls in North Dakota. The editorial does a thorough job of identifying the issue from the media’s standpoint. What it doesn’t do is explain the issue from the perspective of a person calling 911.
BISMARCK — Nearly 205,000 911 calls were made to North Dakota emergency centers last year.
Add in the administrative calls, and North Dakota’s 22 public safety answering points handled about 1.2 million phone calls in 2009.
The statistics were part of an Emergency Services Communication in North Dakota report presented Thursday to lawmakers on the interim Taxation Committee.
By Teri Finneman, Forum Communications Co.
, June 26, 2010
Statistics for 911 use in Stutsman County are consistent with statewide numbers, said Jerry Bergquist, Stutsman County emergency manager and 911 coordinator.
“During 2009 we had 5,223 calls to 911 in Stutsman County,” said Bergquist, who is also president of the Emergency Services Communications committee. “That is up from 4,817 in 2008 and 4,313 in 2007.”
Every 12 years, residents of Stutsman County are required by state law to decide if they want to continue paying $1 on landline and wireless phones for 911 service. We know 911 is a necessity and ask residents to approve County Measure No. 1.
It wasn’t that long ago area residents had to know what agency and what phone number to call in case of an emergency.
Just 22 years ago the area did not have 911, so any call for emergency services, such as ambulance, sheriff, fire or police departments, had its own phone number.
An official with the North Dakota Association of Counties says it's impossible to know whether authorities would have been able to find three Dickinson State University softball players faster had they called 911 on their cell phone rather than friends.
The 911 caller who reported two men possibly breaking into the home of black Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. did not describe their race, acknowledged they might just be having a hard time with the door and said she saw two suitcases on the porch.
Cambridge police on Monday released the 911 recording and radio transmissions from the scene in an effort to show they had nothing to hide, but the tapes raised new questions about how and why the situation escalated.
By Russell Contreras, The Associated Press
, July 28, 2009
Police say a Mandan motel clerk dialed 911 with her toes after a man bound her to a chair during an early morning robbery.
Police Chief Dennis Bullinger said the Seven Seas motel was robbed about 3 a.m., Friday. He said the robber told the clerk he had a gun and demanded money, then tied her in a chair and covered her eyes with some kind of a cloth.
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