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It’s always someone’s


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  • Nov. 26, 2021 - 11:50 AM

It’s always someone’s

The Newnan Times-Herald

Before I came to work for the sheriff’s office, I worked at 911 for five years. That’s quite a lot of emergency calls for service to take and/or dispatch.

One particular skill that I picked up pretty quickly over there was the ability to know where all my friends and family were, or could possibly be, at any point of the day.

Any time a serious accident would come into the center, I would see the location of the accident and think about people I knew who might be on that stretch of road at that time. All accidents come with vehicle descriptions, so in the instances where I could plausibly place a friend or family member on an accident scene, my concern would skyrocket.

I remember one particular call where the vehicle, timing and location fit the exact route my wife would have been with our kids after school. I vividly remember asking the caller how many occupants were inside the car, praying they didn’t tell me three.

Thankfully for me, it was not mine that day. But it was someone’s.

I remember once, when I was on the road working patrol, an overturned vehicle call came out with an ejection. This accident was about a quarter of a mile from where a buddy who was on shift with me lived. And the vehicle description was the same as what his wife drove.

I was the closest deputy to the wreck, so I would be arriving first. It was one of those instances where I didn’t want to arrive on that scene and see what I might see, but my right foot and my patrol car took me there as fast as I could possibly get there.

Thankfully for me, it was not my buddy’s that day. But it was someone’s.

My son has been working at 911 for going on two years now. I know for certain that he has acquired that same skill I acquired over there – knowing where his friends and family are, or could be, at any time of the day.

I know this because I will get a text or a phone call from him as soon as he is able to get to a phone after handling his duty. He will ask where I am, or if I know where his mother is.

Then he will tell me about a serious accident at whatever location, and that he was just making sure it wasn’t one of us.

So far, thankfully for him, it has not been one of his. But it’s always someone’s.

Toby Nix is a local writer, guitarist and public information officer for the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. He is the author of two books, “Columns I Wrote” and “A Book I Wrote.” He can be reached at tobynix@yahoo.com .