Anyhow, even though I was only supposed to work eight hours yesterday, I ended up staying for a little over 16 hours as one of the other dispatchers couldn't make it in and as I'm a
I had brought my camera to work with me as Callie likes it when I take pictures from the window in dispatch so I've got two here plus one more over on Picturing A Moment in Time:
The picture above is the view from our window in dispatch probably around noon or so. We overlook American Wharf Marina and the Norwich Police Department is just a bit to the right of us so you can see the entrance to their lower parking lot. I think buses were running but if not, that guy at the bus stop was going to be waiting awhile! I had to vignette this one as trying to take a picture through a window of a lot of white snow is a lot trickier than one might think! Without the vignette, the picture just kind of fades away.
This picture was taken from a different area of the building and looks towards the north. That big snow-covered brick building is Christ Church and just to the other side of it is a big house that has been turned into apartments that had a roof collapse from the weight of the snow. You can read about that here if you're so inclined. I sent a couple ambulances over to stand by so that the displaced residents had someplace warm to wait until the Red Cross was able to find them shelter and then we gave a few of them a ride to that location. Fortunately no one was hurt but there are ten people without homes now.
Anyway, speaking of dispatch, it's about time for me to head back over there and work today's shift. Normally I'm there for 16 hours on Thursdays but my boss offered to cover for me for awhile this morning so that I could recover from yesterday's 16+-hours and sleep in a little later. I very happily said "yes" and "thank you" to his generous offer as even though the money is nice, I'm getting a little too old to do double-doubles with only eight hours in between - as painful as that it is for me to admit! Thanks again, Matt!
Oh, and may I just say to all of the paramedics, EMTs, my fellow dispatchers, and the handful of other folks who battled the storm and made it into work yesterday - you all rock and I'm proud to say I work with you!