Woman Dies After Son Calls 911; Dispatchers Think It's A Prank

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  1. GotZoom
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    Absolutely pursue a lawsuit...but they aren't sure if the dispatcher will be disciplined? WTF?!?!

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    An investigation is underway in Detroit after a six-year-old boy called 911 to get help for his mom, and the operator acted as if it were a joke.

    Detroit NBC Affiliate WDIV reports that six-year-old Robert Turner called 911 on February 20. He thought his mother 46-year-old Sherrill Turner had passed out. She was later found dead.

    911 tapes detail the call, where the boy tells a female operator that his mom had passed out. The operator demands to speak to an adult before sending police.

    The boy eventually hung up and called back a short time later. This time the same operator warns the boy that he could get in trouble for making a prank call to 911. Taylor says police didn't arrive until three hours later and found his mother dead.

    The family is now pursuing a lawsuit. Detroit police are investigating and say they are not sure about what, if any, disciplinary will be taken against the 911 operator.


    http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=4739612
     
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    Keeerappp! Why bother to teach the young ones what to do in an emergency if that is the response they are going to get???
     
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    WHich is worse? this? or the Operator who said "So what?" when somebody called to report a motorcycle accident awhile back?
     
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    I think that it's almost safer to call 911 and not say anything. At least that way you can guarantee a cop will show up to check it out. Just call 911 and put the phone down.
     
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    Yep, that's the way it is here. 911 hangup, dead air, gets an immediate dispatch of at least the cops.

    But, here the 911 folks will call back first, (they do have caller ID ya know)..Don't answer.
     
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    Yup. If ever in a risky situation that you couldn't talk, just dial 911 on your cell in your pocket and then just leave it on. Same thing for land lines.
     
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    Yes but with a cell, be sure the locator thingy is active on yer phone.
     
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    You beat me to it. Great minds.

    With my phone, you can have the GPS on 24/7 but it can only be "found" by Verizon when they are contacted by the authorities.
     
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    Same here..And on Verizon too.
     
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    The trauma that 5 year old had to go through... watching your mom die, asking for help and being admonished....

    that's about as bad as it gets.

    if this ever goes to trial, if i was one of the females of this child's family (if this was a female dispatcher), i wouldn't be able to restrain myself, i'd have to beat this dispatcher within an inch of her despicable life. if it was a male dispatcher, i hope he would go to jail and get some alone time with bubba the butt rapist.
     

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