Monday, August 17, 2009

911 Call of the Year

I was at work last night, pulling a graveyard shift. (7pm-7am) After a pretty busy evening, the city I work for finally gave us a few moments of peace. Around 1:00am our 911 line rang. I had no idea that what awaited me on the other side of the ringing line was to be one of the sweetest calls I've ever received.

Me: 911 Emergency

Male Caller: My wife is giving birth to our baby. (sounding a little out of breath)

Me: What is your address?

Male Caller: (gives me his home address)

Me: Sir, stay on the line with me while I transfer you to the fire department.

For the next five minutes I was privy to the most beautiful call of my career. I stayed on the line as the fire dispatcher gave pre-arrival instructions. I was a silent witness to both the caller and his wife as they quickly worked together to bring their baby daughter into the world.

The cries of new life pierced the early morning hour, as I whispered a silent prayer of thanks.

And wept along with her.

I love my job.

Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.

—Psalm 139:16


Kristen said...

That is beautiful! How great that you could be phone witness to a new life being born!

Denise said...

That is beyond precious.

momstheword said...

Awwww! There is nothing like a newborn cry! What a blessing to "be there" and know that you are giving that guy a voice of calm. I admire what you do. I really don't think I could do it. I really don't.

Jensmere said...

Sniff, really need to hand out tissues with these posts!

I can just imagine...what a glorious moment!!!

Bless you, sweet Joanne,

Mari said...

What a wonderful call to be a part of! I can only imagine the smile you had on your face when you heard that first cry!

Beth in NC said...

Oh Joanne, this is so beautiful -- especially in light of what I just posted.

Praise God for a baby full of life!


Sue Tornai said...

PRECIOUS! How blessed for you. How blessed your caller to have someone at 911 praying for his wife and baby AND him!! AWESOME!

christy rose said...

What a great thing to happen. How precious!

I just wanted you to know that I planned on participating in the growing up monday meme this week. But i did not get to finish my post quickly enough. I plan to participate next week. I think the concept is a great idea. I hope many people particiate.


a journey of faith said...

That's just wonderful!!! An event that you, and they, will never forget :D


I loved reading this, It brought a tear to my eye. What a blessing it was to read your post. Glad I found your blog. Hope you have the best day. Blessings,

Angie said...


I love that! Sweet treat for you!

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

What a blessing to be a part of that!


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