Monday, July 6, 2009

GL's first 911 call

This afternoon I took the laptop out to the porch, where I could sit in the shade. I'd been out there maybe 20 minutes when a police car pulled up in front of the house. The officer got out and asked, "Did someone here call 911?"

"Not that I'm aware of." I answered.

Just then GL came running out of the house, saying, "Oh,no! Oh, no!"

The officer asked him if he had called 911, and he turned and walked away. "He has autism." I explained.

We talked for a few minutes, and then he left. I went back in the house and played back the new message on the answering machine. Apparently, while MB was at work, BB was in the other room, and I was outside, GL picked up the phone and dialed 911. There was no indication why. He must have decided it was a bad idea and hung up without talking to anyone. They called back, he didn't answer, and they left a message saying there was a 911 hangup from this number, and if there was an emergency, to please pick up or call 911 again. GL seemed embarrassed by the whole thing, and didn't want to talk about it. I told him not to call 911 again, because when you call 911, the police will come, and left it at that. I'm not sure what else we can do, other than taking the phone with us when we leave the room.


Blogger Bob Wingate said...

I just noticed this post, and I thought I'd tell you of the two inadvertent 911 calls from our house.

In the early 1990's when my son was a toddler, he crawled up on the bedroom desk when no one was in the room, lifted the handset, and pushed three buttons. It must have looked like a fun thing to do. Then my wife saw him with the phone, picked him up and put the phone back in order. Shortly thereafter the doorbell rang... that's when we realized that he'd pushed the 9 once, then the 1 twice.

The second time was my fault. I was calling someone on the Kansas side (area code 913), and my finger twitched a second time on the 1. I immediately knew what I'd done, so I hung up - really fast. Maybe I thought if I did that fast enough, they'd know somehow that it was only a slip of the finger and I really didn't mean it (I'm not sure what I was thinking now, it's been over a year). But no, I got to apologize to the policeman at the door (I also complimented him on responding so quickly).

July 20, 2009 at 10:25 AM  

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