‘Going to have a good time’: Former Miss Florida retires from SWFD 911 dispatch

Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 02:41 PM.

Growing up and especially after that year, Brown had imagined she would follow in the footsteps of her mother, a Radio City Music Hall Rockette, and end up in show business.

But after she married, divorced and was left to support two children, she decided she would go a more stable route and began work as a 911 dispatcher in Miami.

“It’s not something you do to have a paycheck every two weeks,” said Brown, who quickly realized it’s more than just a job. “It’s definitely a calling.”

She said her time in Miami definitely kept her busy, and she remembered a call at 4 a.m. from a man who said an elephant was at his door.

Though incredulous, she dispatched a deputy, per protocol, and when he arrived, he did indeed find an elephant from a nearby circus at the caller’s front door.

She left Miami behind in 1990 and moved to Northwest Florida to work for the Fort Walton Beach police. She took the post at South Walton Fire District in 2007.

Brown said she loves it here, but that the pace is a bit slower than it was when she first started her career.

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