Monday, September 9, 2019

Tyler's last ride

Our Chief Game Warden, Tyler Turnipseed retired in August and we held a bash to celebrate his big day. Here are a few pictures from the day.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Another bad representative of our profession

Dispatching is in the national news again and it is not good.

Let's begin with the obvious:  former Fort Smith Police Department Dispatcher, Donna Reneau DOES NOT represent the thousands of Public Safety Telecommunicators who go above and beyond EVERY day. This story is pathetic from multiple perspectives. Debbie Stevens called 911 to report she was trapped in her SUV in rapidly rising waters. Reneau did send help but as part of the conversation lectured Ms. Stevens about her decision and inability to narrow her specific location. Sadly, the help didn't arrive in time due to the flooding and the caller drowned.

The call recording is disturbing. The story leaves a lot unsaid. Reneau tells Stevens "No cops are available" but what about fire/rescue personnel? I know from past agency policy, we never gave a time frame but we would say help was on the way.Why not say help is enroute while attempting to comfort and calm Stevens. The caller is very distraught and repeatedly mentions she can't swim. She also tells Reneau the water level in the car is rising.

Not knowing Agency policy, it is hard to second guess procedure but would it have been out of line to ask Stevens if she felt comfortable enough to try and get on the roof? Did she have something to use as a floatation device? Anything would have been better than sitting and waiting to drown.

Reneau was on her final shift (she had turned in her two week resignation).

You can hear the call at this link (copy and paste):

Friday, August 23, 2019

Social Classes in Medieval Society

Was there a great division in social class during the medieval period or is our interpretation of the “haves and have-nots” only a myth? First one needs to consider the time period in question. In my thinking, the time frame before and after the “Black Death” should be the real dividing line.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

125th anniversary of The Jockey Club

In support of the American Thoroughbred, the official registered agency, The Jockey Club put together a documentary video. Below is the link (courtesy of The Blood-Horse website). You will need to copy and past the link to watch it.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Happy Birthday to Dexter


Today is Dexter's ninth birthday. My boy entered out lives five years ago, as an adoptee from the Nevada Humane Society. He is quite the character and a neighborhood favorite.

My BFF loves flowers and lounging in a lap. He will sit on the table and watch birds on YouTube. He is always waiting on the porch when I come home from work, He loves sleeping next to me at night. A typical cat, he accepts affection on his on terms when he wants it. I hope he is around for many years to come.

Happy birthday, Dex!

silly Dexter