Logically, the 911 operator—later identified as Keith Weisinger—thought he was on the receiving end of a prank call. But instead of hanging up, he stayed on the line and listened carefully, which is when he realized the woman was speaking in code because her abuser was close by.
Take a look at the transcript:
“911, where is your emergency?”
“123 Main St.”
“Ok, what’s going on there?”
“I’d like to order a pizza for delivery.” (oh great, another prank call).
“Ma’am, you’ve reached 911”
“Yeah, I know. Can I have a large with half pepperoni, half mushroom and peppers?”
“Ummm…. I’m sorry, you know you’ve called 911 right?”
“Yeah, do you know how long it will be?”
“Ok, Ma’am, is everything ok over there? Do you have an emergency?”
“Yes, I do.”
“..And you can’t talk about it because there’s someone in the room with you?” (moment of realization)
“Yes, that’s correct. Do you know how long it will be?”
“I have an officer about a mile from your location. Are there any weapons in your house?”
“Can you stay on the phone with me?”
“Nope. See you soon, thanks.”
Thankfully, once Weisinger caught on, he sent an officer to the house where the cop discovered the woman in bad shape after being beaten up by her drunk boyfriend. Sadly, this wasn’t the first time, either. (The dispatcher checked the address records and noticed multiple calls had been placed regarding instances of domestic violence.)
The suspect was immediately placed under arrest.
Kudos to the victim for having the braveness and ingenuity to make the call.
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