Monday, April 10, 2006

No Wonder They Want Tort Reform

A halfway prepared law student and a semi-awake jury should be able to return a finding of gross negligence and propably a few other charges such as loss of emotional support, PTSD involving adults in authority, general trust issues, watching your mom die.
ABC News: Family Plans Suit over Boy's Neglected 911 Calls: "911 Operator: 'You're Going to Be In Trouble'

In a recording of the first call, the son is heard saying, 'My mom is passed out.' The operator responds, 'Where's Mister Turner at?' Robert Turner explains that his mother is unable to talk. The operator then says 'Okay, well, I'm going to send the police over to your house to find out what's going on,' and then hangs up.

But neither the police nor medical personnel ever arrived, according to family members.

Three hours later, the boy called again.

'It was taking too long,' he told a local reporter in Detroit. 'And she said the same thing.'

In the second call, the operator asks to speak to his mother, 'before I send the police over there.' She then tells the son, 'You shouldn't be playing on the phone. Now put her on the phone before I send the police over there to knock on the door, and you're going to be in trouble.'

Again, neither police nor medical personnel responded."
Meanwhile just a few months earlier this story was all the rage
Cat calls 911 to help owner, police say

January 2, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio --Police aren't sure how else to explain it. But when an officer walked into an apartment Thursday night to answer a 911 call, an orange-and-tan striped cat was lying by a telephone on the living room floor. The cat's owner, Gary Rosheisen, was on the ground near his bed having fallen out of his wheelchair.

Rosheisen said his cat, Tommy, must have hit the right buttons to call 911.

"I know it sounds kind of weird," Officer Patrick Daugherty said, unsuccessfully searching for some other explanation.

Rosheisen said he couldn't get up because of pain from osteoporosis and ministrokes that disrupt his balance. He also wasn't wearing his medical-alert necklace and couldn't reach a cord above his pillow that alerts paramedics that he needs help.

Daugherty said police received a 911 call from Rosheisen's apartment, but there was no one on the phone. Police called back to make sure everything was OK, and when no one answered, they decided to check things out.

That's when Daugherty found Tommy next to the phone.

Rosheisen got the cat three years ago to help lower his blood pressure. He tried to train him to call 911, unsure if the training ever stuck.

The phone in the living room is always on the floor, and there are 12 small buttons -- including a speed dial for 911 right above the button for the speaker phone.

"He's my hero," Rosheisen said.
Everybody was so proud of the cat and the 911 system. Then I found this heartwarming story.
This smart beagle belongs to a very grateful Kevin Weaver.

The 34-year old Weaver says he doesn't go anywhere without Belle, and one morning this week, he needed her dearly.

Weaver, a diabetic, is thankful Belle remembered her recent service training and swung into action when he made that life saving call.

Not only can Belle smell her owner's blood sugar levels, the other part of her training is to find Kevin's cell phone, bite and hold down the number 9.

You can even see the bite marks she made.
This is how "security" forces will replace the police and fire departments in areas that don't have corporate tax dollars to protect. I remember when my baby brother made a prank call. He was ust dialing some numbers and they called us back. Scared the crap out of us, never did it again. At least they called back. Seems like no one wanted to do their jobs. Wonder if there was some sort of a party on the 911 premises and nobody wanted to be bothered to check out a scared five year old.

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