There are also a handful of stories going around, most of them stating that the call was real, but I have heard from reliable sources that the call is actually a joke pulled by Mickey Dawes. The story that I heard was that Mickey worked for a company that programmed the 911 computer
systems. Mickey would test the system
, by calling the unknowing 911 dispatcher and run through the Joe vs Deer storyline.
The version that we heard above is between Mickey and a Texas 911 dispatcher. The story goes on to say that Mickey would use this call as an “icebreaker” to loosen up nervous dispatchers while Mickey taught them the new computer-aided dispatch systems. Some internet
sites claim that this can be traced back to 1974, which is amazing when you think about it.