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'He has his scanner on 24/7'


An East Texas teenager got to spend Wednesday doing his dream job.

Jesse Lee spends most of his days listening to police and EMS scanners.

Until Wednesday, Jesse thought his physical disability would keep him from doing what he loves for a living.

"He has his scanner on 24/7," says Jesse's grandmother, Marty Walker.

Five years ago, Marty Walker purchased a scanner for her grandson and it changed his life.

"I mean I've seen days where y'all are just crammed. You know you have one doing transfers, P6 transfers sometimes P4, but you all mostly get P6,"says Jesse to an ETMC dispatcher.

Every day, Jesse listens to calls in the East Texas area. So much so, that he even knows dispatchers, like Wesley Hicks, by their voice.

"Jesse really pays attention to detail because we have a lot of priorities and different codes, different lingo that we use that most people wouldn't understand.  He picked right up on it and knows exactly what we're saying," says Hicks.

For Jesse, Wesley's job is a dream job, but one thing holds him back.

"Well me being blind that wouldn't work out too good," says Jesse.

"He wants to be a part of it so bad, but realizes because of his blindness he won't be able to," says Marty.

Until Wednesday we he got a chance to do a couple of dispatch calls at the ETMC communication center.

Jesse says his grandfather served as a police officer in Tyler for 30 years, so he was able to learn a lot of the codes with him growing up. He learned the rest of the codes by printing them off from online and having a friend read them to him until he finally learned all the codes.

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