Did You Know Rockford was Featured on World’s Wildest Police Videos?
Take a step back in time and remember a show that was seemingly on every single minute of the day.
Honestly, I have no idea what time World's Wildest Police Videos actually aired, I just knew that if I were to turn on a TV, and flip around for a second it would magically appear.
IT WAS ON ALL THE TIME AT THE PLACE I WORKED
Before I made radio a career I would spend my days as a bartender at a sports bar.
However, I worked during the day, not a ton of sports happening during those times, so it was mostly "Find something that everyone could look at," and for some reason or another my manager always pulled up World's Wildest Police Videos.
I'm not even entirely sure what's appealing about World's Wildest Police Videos. It may have been just that it was on and occasionally some of the stuff that happened was actually pretty "wild."
A BLAST FROM THE PAST POPS UP ON YOUTUBE
So yesterday for some odd reason I stumbled upon a clip of World's Wildest Police Videos on YouTube and wouldn't you believe it, the video is set in Rockford.
Uploaded in May and called Drug Addict Stabs Officer, the graininess of the video is what got my attention. The blur totally reminded me of those old World's Wildest Police Videos from years ago.
So I turned up the volume and sure enough, there are the dulcet tones of narrator Sheriff John Bunnell talking about a rather scary scene at a Rockford bank.
You should know this first about World's Wildest Police Videos according to Wikipedia:
Tire screeching noises, horn beeps, automobile collision sounds and sirens are often overdubbed into these segments. This is especially noticeable in footage where vehicles are driving over dry grass or sand.
Bunnell is explaining a scene in Rockford where an armed woman is threatening suicide. Check out the video and see if you recognize the setting because, for the life of me, I can't figure out where this video took place.
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