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911 Operators Break Down The Most Chilling Call They've Ever Received

Being a 911 operator means you are the first line of defense for people in need. You have a hard job already.

But with every hard job comes those things that just really stick with you. They haunt you in the middle of the night. They permeate your dreams.

u/-lll-lll-lll- asked:

911/999 Operators: What's the Most Chilling Call You Have Received?

Here were some of those answers.

The Last Moment

I was a 911 Dispatcher for over a decade, and it really freaked me out when people would call, state their name and where they live, then shoot themselves while they were still on the phone. I was the last person they ever spoke to on this earth. It didn't happen often, but it haunts you. Many other types of calls haunt you as well.


That's It, It's Over

Not me, but my friends sister was a dispatcher for a reservation.

She recieved a call from a woman who's house was on fire, she had to listen to this person's screams as they were literally burned alive.

He told me she quit that week.


Had To Get Outta There

I used to be a 911 dispatcher. The call that sticks with me the most is the sister of a teenage boy who had committed suicide with a firearm. Hearing her sobbing over the phone line damn near broke me. I didn't last long in that job after that.


Too Many To Count

I was the one who responded to the calls (fire/ems) and I've had quite a few chilling experiences.

  1. Rolling in for and OD, I see the parents outside the door waiting for us. As I'm running in, they just coldly said, "he's upstairs, first door on the left. He usually likes heroin."
  2. I'm trying to cut through a car seat to get to my very dead patient. I look across the farm and see the local news filming us live. No biggie, I'm used to it. Then the dead lady's phone rings in her pocket. Stops. Rings again. Stops. Rings again. Stops. Rings again. Rinse. Repeat.
  3. MVA, CPR in progress. It was one of those times where you look and think to yourself, "we're only pumping because the law requires us to. He's toast." My patient, though, was from the other vehicle. No matter what question I asked him, his response was, "is he gonna be okay? I swear it was an accident! I didn't see him coming! Please tell me he's gonna live." Seems like a normal response, but the human element always got to me.
  4. 4 or 5 y/o presenting with febrile seizure. Nothing serious, happens more often than you think to totally normal, healthy children. But as soon as I opened the door to the ambulance, the mom drops the kid in my arms and screams in broken English, "please you fix the baby"
  5. Responded to a fully involved, working dwelling fire. 1 man and 1 dog, both dead. Patient degloved when we first tried to extradite the body. Dropped the corpse and focused on the fire instead once it was determined that nobody else was inside. Find out the next day, dude never changed his smoke detector batteries. Something in his circuit breaker started the fire and his dog woke him up, but by then he made it 4 paves before collapsing.
  6. Christmas Eve at about 0430 or 0500. Self inflicted GSW to the head. This was about a month or two after my brother in law was shot in the head in Afghanistan, so that made it extra special.

Building Mishap

Not an Operator but a Firefighter. This isn't too long ago. It's 11:00pm and my pager goes off. On my rush to the station we all hop out (only 3 others) and rush into throw on gear. It was a box alarm, the things you shouldn't pull in school kids. We rush down to scene in an Engine waiting to call a tanker or a ladder.

We evaluate the scene and start to make our way into this old 1950s built Baptist church. No smoke, no fire, nothing to require a scott. However as we're poking around there's a trail... A slight trail of blood. Our lieutenant on scene decides to follow it.

Next police arrive on scene and we call in a Rescue just incase. I was 17 and it was my 2nd year on the dept, keep in mind. Our lieutenant make his way into a small sunday school room sees a Man with a torn leg, smashed window and barley conscious. Just wide eyes and heavy breathing. He was about 26 and later learned his story.

Guy had broken into the house next door trying to steal back his guitars that his ex sold. Then this guy is attacked by a dog, don't ask what breed. So he gets his leg messed up and manages to get away and breaks the window of the church climbing in and tearing his leg more on the glass. Pull the fire alarm hoping a rescue would come

. He got lucky. But seeing a man with a mutilated mangled bleeding leg just looking into nothing in the dark basement of a church is something that messes with you for a few months.

TL;DR: Fireman sees the sheer horror of a robbery gone wrong in a dark church at night.


This Is NOT An SNL Sketch

I used to be a 911 operator and one time this guy called and was like help help I've been pooping for three days straight and I can't stop pooping and like I was like hey dude I don't really know what to do about that but I'm gonna send an ambulance over and then I sent the ambulance and they got there and I heard him on the phone they were like oh my god this guys pooping so much we don't know what to do so like they eventually Took him to the hospital and like I don't know what happened after that


Scared To Death

My mom got a call as a 911 operator, an old man said he had hit a person with his car and was frantic. Mom tried to calm him down but he had a heart attack and died while on the phone with her- turned out he actually just hit a deer.


The Most Gruesome Moments

I'm not an operator, but I work in the same room as them and have access to some of the CCTV cameras around the county.

I could hear one of the operators on the phone about a drunk man who had fallen in the road and was run over. By a truck.

I switched to the CCTV camera for that area and could see him just laying in the road, a long streak of red where his head should have been. First (and thankfully the only on so far) dead body I've ever seen.

I thought I couldn't be fazed by anything, as I'm pretty emotionally dead, but this just felt different. I had to stop work and just stare at the wall for a little while whilst I re-adjusted my emotions.

One of the main problems of my job is that I only experience the start of anything. I have no idea who that man was, if they caught the driver or anything else that happened afterwards. All I know is that the man was laying on that cold tarmac for a couple of hours before anyone turned up to cover him.


Simple, Yet Chilling

My mother worked as a 999 operator and she got a call from a guy who said he stabbed his father 7 times in the chest


TW: Suicide

I'm not an operator. My teams main job is researching information relevant to what's happening in real time so that the dispatchers are free to just concentrate on the call, but still get the information they need to direct officers correctly. All the information we find, the actions of the officers attending, everything the call taker asks and the callers replies all get written down on the system we use, kind of like a story that's still being written.

This one is of my colleagues experiences that she told me about when I started. An old man called. He was suicidal, lonely and depressed after the death of his wife and said he had a gun. It was all hands on deck to get to the guy before he killed himself.

My colleague was in charge of finding exactly where the man lived, any history of suicide or mental illness and if he actually did have access to a firearm (a lot of people say they do when phoning up about suicide, but they just want help and its a sure-fire way to get the police to attend). She managed to find out that he didn't have any legal firearms at the house and helped direct the officers to the man. The officers got to him and stated that he was just sitting in his chair with his cane.

Before they could speak to him, my colleague found one information report from a few years ago stating that the man had an interest in 'hidden weapons' ie antique or novelty weapons disguised to look like something else. Suddenly a lot of things clicked. The cane! The guns the ca..BANG

The old man blew his head off with a single barrel shotgun disguised as a gentleman's walking cane. She was given the rest of her shift off after that. Don't think she ever forgave herself for not finding that bit of information sooner.


More Disturbing For The Patron

One time right before school got out cause of corona my friend's phone was like legit possessed. It kept going all over the lock screen and typing in random numbers for the passcode and opening the emergency call thing without anyone touching it. It ended up calling 911 and she freaked out and kept hitting the end call button. It ended and she got control over her phone but they called back (which I didn't know they did lol) and she was on a call just saying sorry my phone was glitching out and when I asked who it was she just nervously laughed and said the police


If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at

People Reveal The Weirdest Thing About Themselves

Reddit user Isitjustmedownhere asked: 'Give an example; how weird are you really?'

Let's get one thing straight: no one is normal. We're all weird in our own ways, and that is actually normal.

Of course, that doesn't mean we don't all have that one strange trait or quirk that outweighs all the other weirdness we possess.

For me, it's the fact that I'm almost 30 years old, and I still have an imaginary friend. Her name is Sarah, she has red hair and green eyes, and I strongly believe that, since I lived in India when I created her and there were no actual people with red hair around, she was based on Daphne Blake from Scooby-Doo.

I also didn't know the name Sarah when I created her, so that came later. I know she's not really there, hence the term 'imaginary friend,' but she's kind of always been around. We all have conversations in our heads; mine are with Sarah. She keeps me on task and efficient.

My mom thinks I'm crazy that I still have an imaginary friend, and writing about her like this makes me think I may actually be crazy, but I don't mind. As I said, we're all weird, and we all have that one trait that outweighs all the other weirdness.

Redditors know this all too well and are eager to share their weird traits.

It all started when Redditor Isitjustmedownhere asked:

"Give an example; how weird are you really?"

Monsters Under My Bed

"My bed doesn't touch any wall."

"Edit: I guess i should clarify im not rich."

– Practical_Eye_3600

"Gosh the monsters can get you from any angle then."

– bikergirlr7

"At first I thought this was a flex on how big your bedroom is, but then I realized you're just a psycho 😁"

– zenOFiniquity8

Can You See Why?

"I bought one of those super-powerful fans to dry a basement carpet. Afterwards, I realized that it can point straight up and that it would be amazing to use on myself post-shower. Now I squeegee my body with my hands, step out of the shower and get blasted by a wide jet of room-temp air. I barely use my towel at all. Wife thinks I'm weird."

– KingBooRadley


"In 1990 when I was 8 years old and bored on a field trip, I saw a black Oldsmobile Cutlass driving down the street on a hot day to where you could see that mirage like distortion from the heat on the road. I took a “snapshot” by blinking my eyes and told myself “I wonder how long I can remember this image” ….well."

– AquamarineCheetah

"Even before smartphones, I always take "snapshots" by blinking my eyes hoping I'll remember every detail so I can draw it when I get home. Unfortunately, I may have taken so much snapshots that I can no longer remember every detail I want to draw."

"Makes me think my "memory is full.""

– Reasonable-Pirate902

Same, Same

"I have eaten the same lunch every day for the past 4 years and I'm not bored yet."

– OhhGoood

"How f**king big was this lunch when you started?"

– notmyrealnam3

Not Sure Who Was Weirder

"Had a line cook that worked for us for 6 months never said much. My sous chef once told him with no context, "Baw wit da baw daw bang daw bang diggy diggy." The guy smiled, left, and never came back."

– Frostygrunt


"I pace around my house for hours listening to music imagining that I have done all the things I simply lack the brain capacity to do, or in some really bizarre scenarios, I can really get immersed in these imaginations sometimes I don't know if this is some form of schizophrenia or what."

– RandomSharinganUser

"I do the same exact thing, sometimes for hours. When I was young it would be a ridiculous amount of time and many years later it’s sort of trickled off into almost nothing (almost). It’s weird but I just thought it’s how my brain processes sh*t."

– Kolkeia

If Only

"Even as an adult I still think that if you are in a car that goes over a cliff; and right as you are about to hit the ground if you jump up you can avoid the damage and will land safely. I know I'm wrong. You shut up. I'm not crying."

– ShotCompetition2593

Pet Food

"As a kid I would snack on my dog's Milkbones."

– drummerskillit

"Haha, I have a clear memory of myself doing this as well. I was around 3 y/o. Needless to say no one was supervising me."

– Isitjustmedownhere

"When I was younger, one of my responsibilities was to feed the pet fish every day. Instead, I would hide under the futon in the spare bedroom and eat the fish food."

– -GateKeep-

My Favorite Subject

"I'm autistic and have always had a thing for insects. My neurotypical best friend and I used to hang out at this local bar to talk to girls, back in the late 90s. One time he claimed that my tendency to circle conversations back to insects was hurting my game. The next time we went to that bar (with a few other friends), he turned and said sternly "No talking about bugs. Or space, or statistics or other bullsh*t but mainly no bugs." I felt like he was losing his mind over nothing."

"It was summer, the bar had its windows open. Our group hit it off with a group of young ladies, We were all chatting and having a good time. I was talking to one of these girls, my buddy was behind her facing away from me talking to a few other people."

"A cloudless sulphur flies in and lands on little thing that holds coasters."

"Cue Jordan Peele sweating gif."

"The girl notices my tension, and asks if I am looking at the leaf. "Actually, that's a lepidoptera called..." I looked at the back of my friend's head, he wasn't looking, "I mean a butterfly..." I poked it and it spread its wings the girl says "oh that's a BUG?!" and I still remember my friend turning around slowly to look at me with chastisement. The ONE thing he told me not to do."

"I was 21, and was completely not aware that I already had a rep for being an oddball. It got worse from there."

– Phormicidae

*Teeth Chatter*

"I bite ice cream sometimes."


"That's how I am with popsicles. My wife shudders every single time."


Never Speak Of This

"I put ice in my milk."


"You should keep that kind of thing to yourself. Even when asked."

– We-R-Doomed

"There's some disturbing sh*t in this thread, but this one takes the cake."

– RatonaMuffin

More Than Super Hearing

"I can hear the television while it's on mute."

– Tira13e

"What does it say to you, child?"

– Mama_Skip


"I put mustard on my omelettes."

– Deleted User


– NotCrustOr-filling

Evened Up

"Whenever I say a word and feel like I used a half of my mouth more than the other half, I have to even it out by saying the word again using the other half of my mouth more. If I don't do it correctly, that can go on forever until I feel it's ok."

"I do it silently so I don't creep people out."

– LesPaltaX

"That sounds like a symptom of OCD (I have it myself). Some people with OCD feel like certain actions have to be balanced (like counting or making sure physical movements are even). You should find a therapist who specializes in OCD, because they can help you."

– MoonlightKayla

I totally have the same need for things to be balanced! Guess I'm weird and a little OCD!

Close up face of a woman in bed, staring into the camera
Photo by Jen Theodore

Experiencing death is a fascinating and frightening idea.

Who doesn't want to know what is waiting for us on the other side?

But so many of us want to know and then come back and live a little longer.

It would be so great to be sure there is something else.

But the whole dying part is not that great, so we'll have to rely on other people's accounts.

Redditor AlaskaStiletto wanted to hear from everyone who has returned to life, so they asked:

"Redditors who have 'died' and come back to life, what did you see?"


Happy Good Vibes GIF by Major League SoccerGiphy

"My dad's heart stopped when he had a heart attack and he had to be brought back to life. He kept the paper copy of the heart monitor which shows he flatlined. He said he felt an overwhelming sensation of peace, like nothing he had felt before."



"I had surgical complications in 2010 that caused a great deal of blood loss. As a result, I had extremely low blood pressure and could barely stay awake. I remember feeling like I was surrounded by loved ones who had passed. They were in a circle around me and I knew they were there to guide me onwards. I told them I was not ready to go because my kids needed me and I came back."

"My nurse later said she was afraid she’d find me dead every time she came into the room."

"It took months, and blood transfusions, but I recovered."


Take Me Back

"Overwhelming peace and happiness. A bright airy and floating feeling. I live a very stressful life. Imagine finding out the person you have had a crush on reveals they have the same feelings for you and then you win the lotto later that day - that was the feeling I had."

"I never feared death afterward and am relieved when I hear of people dying after suffering from an illness."



The Light Minnie GIF by (G)I-DLEGiphy

"I had a heart surgery with near-death experience, for me at least (well the possibility that those effects are caused by morphine is also there) I just saw black and nothing else but it was warm and I had such inner peace, its weird as I sometimes still think about it and wish this feeling of being so light and free again."


This is why I hate surgery.

You just never know.



"More of a near-death experience. I was electrocuted. I felt like I was in a deep hole looking straight up in the sky. My life flashed before me. Felt sad for my family, but I had a deep sense of peace."



"Nursing in the ICU, we’ve had people try to die on us many times during the years, some successfully. One guy stood out to me. His heart stopped. We called a code, are working on him, and suddenly he comes to. We hadn’t vented him yet, so he was able to talk, and he started screaming, 'Don’t let them take me, don’t let them take me, they are coming,' he was scared and yelling."

"Then he yelled a little more, as we tried to calm him down, he screamed, 'No, No,' and gestured towards the end of the bed, and died again. We didn’t get him back. It was seriously creepy. We called his son to tell him the news, and the son said basically, 'Good, he was an SOB.'”



"My sister died and said it was extremely peaceful. She said it was very loud like a train station and lots of talking and she was stuck in this area that was like a curtain with lots of beautiful colors (colors that you don’t see in real life according to her) a man told her 'He was sorry, but she had to go back as it wasn’t her time.'"


"I had a really similar experience except I was in an endless garden with flowers that were colors I had never seen before. It was quiet and peaceful and a woman in a dress looked at me, shook her head, and just said 'Not yet.' As I was coming back, it was extremely loud, like everyone in the world was trying to talk all at once. It was all very disorienting but it changed my perspective on life!"


The Fog

"I was in a gray fog with a girl who looked a lot like a young version of my grandmother (who was still alive) but dressed like a pioneer in the 1800s she didn't say anything but kept pulling me towards an opening in the wall. I kept refusing to go because I was so tired."

"I finally got tired of her nagging and went and that's when I came to. I had bled out during a c-section and my heart could not beat without blood. They had to deliver the baby and sew up the bleeders. refill me with blood before they could restart my heart so, like, at least 12 minutes gone."


Through the Walls

"My spouse was dead for a couple of minutes one miserable night. She maintains that she saw nothing, but only heard people talking about her like through a wall. The only thing she remembers for absolute certain was begging an ER nurse that she didn't want to die."

"She's quite alive and well today."


Well let's all be happy to be alive.

It seems to be all we have.

Man's waist line
Santhosh Vaithiyanathan/Unsplash

Trying to lose weight is a struggle understood by many people regardless of size.

The goal of reaching a healthy weight may seem unattainable, but with diet and exercise, it can pay off through persistence and discipline.

Seeing the pounds gradually drop off can also be a great motivator and incentivize people to stay the course.

Those who've achieved their respective weight goals shared their experiences when Redditor apprenti8455 asked:

"People who lost a lot of weight, what surprises you the most now?"

Redditors didn't see these coming.

Shiver Me Timbers

"I’m always cold now!"

– Telrom_1

"I had a coworker lose over 130 pounds five or six years ago. I’ve never seen him without a jacket on since."

– r7ndom

"140 lbs lost here starting just before COVID, I feel like that little old lady that's always cold, damn this top comment was on point lmao."

– mr_remy

Drawing Concern

"I lost 100 pounds over a year and a half but since I’m old(70’s) it seems few people comment on it because (I think) they think I’m wasting away from some terminal illness."

– dee-fondy

"Congrats on the weight loss! It’s honestly a real accomplishment 🙂"

"Working in oncology, I can never comment on someone’s weight loss unless I specifically know it was on purpose, regardless of their age. I think it kind of ruffles feathers at times, but like I don’t want to congratulate someone for having cancer or something. It’s a weird place to be in."

– LizardofDeath

Unleashing Insults

"I remember when I lost the first big chunk of weight (around 50 lbs) it was like it gave some people license to talk sh*t about the 'old' me. Old coworkers, friends, made a lot of not just negative, but harsh comments about what I used to look like. One person I met after the big loss saw a picture of me prior and said, 'Wow, we wouldn’t even be friends!'”

"It wasn’t extremely common, but I was a little alarmed by some of the attention. My weight has been up and down since then, but every time I gain a little it gets me a little down thinking about those things people said."

– alanamablamaspama

Not Everything Goes After Losing Weight

"The loose skin is a bit unexpected."

– KeltarCentauri

"I haven’t experienced it myself, but surgery to remove skin takes a long time to recover. Longer than bariatric surgery and usually isn’t covered by insurance unless you have both."

– KatMagic1977

"It definitely does take a long time to recover. My Dad dropped a little over 200 pounds a few years back and decided to go through with skin removal surgery to deal with the excess. His procedure was extensive, as in he had skin taken from just about every part of his body excluding his head, and he went through hell for weeks in recovery, and he was bedridden for a lot of it."

– Jaew96

These Redditors shared their pleasantly surprising experiences.


"I can buy clothes in any store I want."

– WaySavvyD

"When I lost weight I was dying to go find cute, smaller clothes and I really struggled. As someone who had always been restricted to one or two stores that catered to plus-sized clothing, a full mall of shops with items in my size was daunting. Too many options and not enough knowledge of brands that were good vs cheap. I usually went home pretty frustrated."

– ganache98012

No More Symptoms

"Lost about 80 pounds in the past year and a half, biggest thing that I’ve noticed that I haven’t seen mentioned on here yet is my acid reflux and heartburn are basically gone. I used to be popping tums every couple hours and now they just sit in the medicine cabinet collecting dust."

– colleennicole93

Expanding Capabilities

"I'm all for not judging people by their appearance and I recognise that there are unhealthy, unachievable beauty standards, but one thing that is undeniable is that I can just do stuff now. Just stamina and flexibility alone are worth it, appearance is tertiary at best."

– Ramblonius

People Change Their Tune

"How much nicer people are to you."

"My feet weren't 'wide' they were 'fat.'"

– LiZZygsu

"Have to agree. Lost 220 lbs, people make eye contact and hold open doors and stuff"

"And on the foot thing, I also lost a full shoe size numerically and also wear regular width now 😅"

– awholedamngarden

It's gonna take some getting used to.

Bones Everywhere

"Having bones. Collarbones, wrist bones, knee bones, hip bones, ribs. I have so many bones sticking out everywhere and it’s weird as hell."

– Princess-Pancake-97

"I noticed the shadow of my ribs the other day and it threw me, there’s a whole skeleton in here."

– bekastrange

Knee Pillow

"Right?! And they’re so … pointy! Now I get why people sleep with pillows between their legs - the knee bones laying on top of each other (side sleeper here) is weird and jarring."

– snic2030

"I lost only 40 pounds within the last year or so. I’m struggling to relate to most of these comments as I feel like I just 'slimmed down' rather than dropped a ton. But wow, the pillow between the knees at night. YES! I can relate to this. I think a lot of my weight was in my thighs. I never needed to do this up until recently."

– Strongbad23

More Mobility

"I’ve lost 100 lbs since 2020. It’s a collection of little things that surprise me. For at least 10 years I couldn’t put on socks, or tie my shoes. I couldn’t bend over and pick something up. I couldn’t climb a ladder to fix something. Simple things like that I can do now that fascinate me."

"Edit: Some additional little things are sitting in a chair with arms, sitting in a booth in a restaurant, being able to shop in a normal store AND not needing to buy the biggest size there, being able to easily wipe my butt, and looking down and being able to see my penis."

– dma1965

People making significant changes, whether for mental or physical health, can surely find a newfound perspective on life.

But they can also discover different issues they never saw coming.

That being said, overcoming any challenge in life is laudable, especially if it leads to gaining confidence and ditching insecurities.