I don’t want to beat a dead horse, nor do I wish to be accused of glorifying tragic events. However, I’d like to point out two things for your consideration from this Huffington Post story on Sarah McKinley. Watch the video, and pay close attention to the 911 recording. Then come on back here.
First, I’d like to draw your attention to Sarah’s voice. Notice the lack of hysteria in her voice. I can tell you from first-hand knowledge that in situations like these keeping your cool when your body is dumping huge amounts of adrenaline into your bloodstream is not an easy thing. It is far easier to run than it is to look danger in the eye and do something about it.
Second, I would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to all the 911 operators out there. Imagine yourself in this particular operators place. A young mother with a small child calls you for help. For the next 21 minutes you are her lifeline and closest friend. No matter how much you want to help, all you can do is to be as calm as possible and get all the information you can. And when you hear the roar of the shotgun come down the telephone line maybe you say a quick prayer that the young mother comes back on the line. I, for one, do not envy them this task; but I am eternally grateful that a calm voice is always there for me when trouble strikes.