784 En Route


If you’ve read the blog for a while, you know that my old call sign was 784. Depending on who is on the radio, I’ll still say 784 every once in a while just for the heck of it.

One day shift dispatcher will always reply back to me as 784 even if I made the last radio transmission as 729. Another dispatcher on the graveyard shift will do the same. It always makes me laugh and adds a little fun to the job to hear them do that.

The other night a veteran dispatcher sent me a message on the computer asking if I wanted to take a late call. I replied back, “I haven’t said 784 in a while….I’m going to bust it out.”

She typed back, “DO IT!!!!”

With a smile, I keyed the microphone as I said, “784.”

“784,” replied the dispatcher.

“784, I’ll be en route to the crash.”

“784, 10-4.”

I left the station and headed to a call that involved a security vehicle. When I got there, I saw the security car in the parking lot. I looked at the back of the car and saw something that was like the crack of thunder and bolt of lightning as Beethoven’s 9th Symphony played in the background.

Right there on the back of the car was 784.

Okay, maybe there wasn’t music, lightning and thunder…..but it was still kind of weird. That just goes to show you that you never know when 784 is going to appear at a car accident scene.

For now, 784 roams the streets at night in a black and white disguised as 729.

“784 log off.”

6 thoughts on “784 En Route

  1. Many years ago I was riding (Kawasaki) past the Northgate market on Anaheim Blvd., I saw a Kawasaki motorcycle parked at the curb, it was being used by a security company. What really got my attention was the number “702” on the side covers. I parked next to it to check it out, a security guard came out and we talked about his bike and the number on it. When I was getting ready to leave I ask him if he would mind changing his motor number since it was the same as my call number and I didn’t want someone to call in on me because of something he might have done. I never saw that motorcycle again. 🙂


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