Hey there ATS. First thread warnings, I hope I'm up to par.
I discovered this about a year ago, and up until now had no idea where to take it.
Let me start by saying that I was a 911 radio dispatcher for roughly 2 years, and due to that I've developed an ear for radio traffic out of
necessity. I've shared this particular find with one other friend of mine who is a professional firefighter in Maryland, and he also has quite a bit
of time spent behind a radio.
You can clearly hear a ghostly message, I would call it an EVP, come in through the static in this transmission. It does NOT sound like "skip" or any
other sort of radio transmission, as you can hear the responding unit reply with "OK" at the very end of the message. That is what normal traffic
sounds like, and what is even creepier about the "OK" is that you can NOT have 2 simultaneous transmissions be heard at the same time. You can have 2
people try to "key up" their radios, but only one will come through, the other being completely unheard or "walked on". My friend has spent a lot of
time listening to this, and it has become something of an obsession to him. It spooks a firefighter/dispatcher who has heard a lot of radio traffic in
his time, and to him this sounds like something "foreign to the air waves". Anybody who has used a car radio can verify that there is a lot of
static, or white noise, generated by these radios. I think it is entirely possible to pick something like this up under the circumstances.
To reiterate one more time: This does not sound like radio skip, or another unit trying to communicate. There were no units on-scene at the time, so
nobody would be on the radio aside from responding. Also, these frequencies are encrypted. Most civilian or amateur sets can pick up the dispatcher,
but not the actual units be they police, fire, ems. That rules out a reply from a handset, which would NOT be heard on an emergency frequency. I'm
sure there will be dissenting opinions, and more than a few saying that it's a radio, but from two dispatchers, we can say that this does not have
that feeling. If I heard this on the radio, I would have a heart attack.
I also feel it's important to point out that this "message" comes through right after the dispatcher is telling responding units that there are people
trapped on the 3rd floor with a fire on the 1st and 2nd. Yes, there were fatalities in this fire. I believe a firefighter died at this as well, so
perhaps the message is some sort of premonition?
To me it sounds like, "9 men trapped here" or something to that effect.
Hope you guys enjoy, I know it sent a shiver up my spine.
Link to youtube (did not embed so I could link to exact time. Message is heard at 1:13, video will start around 1:00 with dispatcher message for
context) : Reistertown MD Fatal Fire Radio Traffic
I also went ahead and used Audacity to isolate the message and slow it down a little bit. Uploaded that to SoundCloud. This link is only of the end of
the dispatch, and the message itself, slowed twice.
Link: EVP on SoundCloud
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