It has been a plague on local resources lately; people calling 9-1-1 for things that are most definitely not emergencies. But one such call from Lafayette, Indiana has been garnering attention for a different reason. When a young boy called the dispatch that afternoon it was Antonia Bundy who works for the Lafayette Police Department who answered the call and as is custom began to inquire as to what the emergency was. The boy told her he “had a really bad day” and had “tons of homework.” This of course is not an emergency but it just so happened at that particular time on that particular day the dispatcher was not particularly busy and so Bundy calmly helped the young man with his math homework.
If you were curious as to how that went you can find out exactly; because the Lafayette Police Department posted the audio of the call in a tweet about it
Our dispatchers never know what the next call might be.They train for many emergency situations, homework help is not one they plan for. We don't recommend 911 for homework help but this dispatcher helped a young boy out and brightened his day.@PoliceOne @apbweb @wlfi @WTHRcom pic.twitter.com/w3qCYfJP7O
— LafayetteINPolice (@LafayetteINPD) January 25, 2019
Lafayette Police Sgt. Matt Gard told NBC News on Monday that Bundy, who has been a dispatcher with the department since April 2016, is “a very hard worker.” He calls her very dedicated and also remarked about the “oddball” requests they occasionally get but that a request for help for homework was a new one for him. He also reminded people that needing help with homework is not a valid reason for calling 9-1-1 but that the phone was only capable of making that one call and he was glad Bundy was able to help the young man.
The boy also knew he wasn’t supposed to call 9-1-1 for such things as you can hear at the end of the call when he says “I’m sorry for calling you, but I really needed help.”
It is important to remember that they have a job to do but that that job, the whole reason they are there, is to help those in distress. You can read more about this particular time they helped in your Good News Story of the Day here.
Story and Image from NBC News.