When to call 911

Recently, Liberty Canyon had one of the most potentially serious threats in our sleepy community in 40 years. We want to thank the police, rescue and various units that responded rapidly to protect the public from the 911 call received involving a weapon.

We deeply thank the police, who rapidly arrived and stayed through the night. The threat of a person with a gun was one that we did not think would hit our community.

Thanks to our local force, the outcome was no injury at all. What a blessing. For this we are forever grateful.

Each day when these officers go to work for us, they and their loved ones are aware they may never return home. Let us work with them, not against them in keeping our communities civil. May we utilize their service and protection efforts appropriately.

Most know there is a suicide hotline in place in all cities in the U.S. I would like to post for those who are not aware that should you wish to merely speak or converse with another during a time of sadness, depression or low moment, the number to call is not 911, but the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255. The number is available 24 hours every day and is free and confidential.

Let’s please not waste the taxpayers’ money and the police force’s energy with night watches, crime scenes, helicopters and more. This is a huge expense.

The recent situation left a neighborhood unable to access their homes or parking, and honestly scared the heck out of all of us.

Per the authorities, only dial 911 if a fire breaks out or a medical emergency occurs or for any life-threatening medical problem, including chest pain, choking, difficulty speaking, drowning, numbness, poisoning, sudden intense pain, severe burns, a suicide threat and other serious medical problems.

Call 911 if you witness a crime or possible crime; if you see an assault, a burglary or even a suspicious person lurking; or if you’re in or you see a car crash, especially if someone is hurt or feels dizzy or unwell.

Stephanie Gootgeld-Melograno
Agoura Hills