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Practice call to 911 was a ‘big mistake’ | Letters


This week, I was telling and showing my 5-year-old granddaughter how to use a telephone to call 911.

I explained how the police, fire department or medical ambulance would respond to a call. I first explained how the operator would respond with “what is your emergency” and they would help her get help.

We first used the land line phone; I let her listen for the dial tone and then dial 911.

We did not type 911 with the dial tone activated.

Next, we used an old, nonactivated cell phone to practice a 911 call from a cell phone.

As soon as we dial 911 the phone came to life, I immediately ended the call.

Big mistake.

I thought we’d hung up before the call went though.

The next day, an Island County deputy sheriff came up the driveway. I asked the deputy if there was a problem and he responded they had received a 911 call from the area.

I am guilty, I said and explained that I was teaching my granddaughter how to call 911.

Problem solved. Lesson learned.

The deputy explained that I should have stayed on the phone and explained what had happen.

Thank you to the Island County Sheriff’s Department for the follow-up.

Gene McCormick



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