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Call for help, 911 dispatcher heard snoring

3 years ago May 23, 2012 May 23, 2012 Wednesday, May 23 2012 Wednesday, May 23, 2012 9:59:02 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press

ROCKVILLE - A Maryland woman who called 911 after her husband was unable to breathe found a snoring dispatcher at the other end of the line.

The woman called 911 from her Montgomery County home on April 4.

According to a recording of the call, she repeatedly says "hello" but gets no reply.

A second dispatcher intervened and gave her first aid advice as the first dispatcher can be heard snoring.

The woman's husband was later taken to a hospital.

The slumbering dispatcher did eventually wake up and ask for the caller's address.

He was apparently unaware the caller had been on the line for about six minutes.

A fire official says the employee was placed on administrative leave.

The dispatcher was a uniformed firefighter who was 17 hours into a 24-hour shift.



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