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    Man dies from stroke after 911 dispatcher refuses to send help

    No name released yet for the victim, so I'm putting it here. This infuriates me!

    A 911 call-taker refused to send emergency help to a College Hill man experiencing an apparent stroke the night of Jan. 12.

    On Jan. 13, the man was dead and a new 911 call arrived from his neighbor, demanding emergency services at least help remove the body from their apartment complex.

    City Manager Patrick Duhaney called the incident ?a serious neglect of duty? in a Monday email to City Council, describing in detail the potentially life-saving steps the call-taker failed to take that night.

    ?What took place on the night of January 12 is nothing short of a tragedy,? he wrote. ?It?s unclear if the individual would have lived or died, but the actions of this call-taker undermined the possibility of a positive outcome in this situation.?

    The caller was not the man experiencing the stroke, Duhaney wrote ? it was a neighbor concerned about his health and asking emergency services to intervene.

    Per Duhaney?s email, the neighbor quickly provided a precise location and specifically mentioned a stroke, which should have been immediate grounds for the call-taker to dispatch an EMT.

    The neighbor also told the call-taker:

    "He is getting worse and worse?
    ?He?s had a stroke.?
    ?He has a stroke and has another one coming. He?s gonna die.?
    ?He?s going to die here.?

    But the call-taker refused to send help unless directly connected to the patient. When the neighbor said the man might not answer questions or request help himself, the call-taker told them there was nothing police could do.

    ?If he doesn?t want help, they won?t do anything,? the call-taker told the neighbor, according to Duhaney?s account of the recording. ?He has to want to be helped. ? There is nothing the fire department or police officers can do. They can?t force themselves on him.?

    The neighbor eventually hung up. No help was ever sent to the address.

    ?The next day another 9-1-1 call was received from this apartment complex,? Duhaney wrote. ?The caller indicated that the individual who suffered the medical emergency the previous night had passed away. They also requested assistance with removal of the body because we ?wouldn?t come and help yesterday.??

    Duhaney said the call-taker had been suspended without pay.

    He disclosed the incident to City Council a few days after appointing a new director to lead the Emergency Communications Center, which became the subject of overwhelming public scrutiny after the 2018 death of 16-year-old Kyle Plush.

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    What the actual fuck?! So, when someone is unconscious having a heart attack, they won't send someone because the actual patient didn't ask for help? Fuck that noise. That 911 operator should be brought up on charges.
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    I thought the exact same thing. Poor Brennen Tammons.
    Oh well, back to gum.
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    I know, right? What the fuck, puke? Willing to take in Boston, an Irish dude and like, 17 dogs but not Ron? poor Ron.

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    Fire that fool!

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    Of course this happens here

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    I have no words. This is difficult to read. I think if I was calling for help and got a 911 operator like this, I would hang up and call back. I feel like this is such gross dereliction of duty that there must be some charges the dispatcher could be brought up on, but I doubt it. I mean, somebody died because of the incompetence.
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