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4-Year-Old on 911 Call: My Dad Passed Out in Car

NJ cops say 41-year-old Jamil Graham was found with half-empty bottle of vodka

(Newser) - Police say a 4-year-old New Jersey girl called 911 to report her father had passed out in their car, the AP reports. Cliffside Park police say 41-year-old Jamil Graham of Englewood Cliffs was charged with child endangerment, being under the influence of alcohol, and several motor vehicle offenses. Police say... More »

'I'm in Orlando, I Did the Shootings': Mateen to 911

Gunman also warned of future attacks in FBI-released partial transcripts of calls on night of shooting

(Newser) - The FBI has released the latest in the Orlando massacre : partial transcripts of 911 calls made by shooter Omar Mateen the night of the attack. Per the Orlando Sentinel , Mateen's first call was with a 911 dispatcher at 2:35am from the bathrooms inside Pulse, where he held hostages.... More »

After Baby Stops Breathing, 'Hey Siri' Comes to Rescue

Aussie mom used voice-activated feature to call ambulance as she performed CPR

(Newser) - An Aussie mom recently penned a heartfelt thank-you note to Apple, and her story of how the company's "Hey Siri" feature helped save her 1-year-old daughter is now making the rounds. Per 9to5mac.com , Stacey Gleeson noticed her daughter, Giana, wasn't breathing back in March, and as... More »

911 Dispatcher Told Them to Return to Scene of Crime; One Ended Up Dead

A court just found the dispatcher not liable

(Newser) - A Colorado 911 dispatcher may have been "foolish" and acting "incompetently," but he's not responsible for the death of a Sudanese immigrant four years ago, according to a court ruling Tuesday. The Denver Post reports Jimma Pal Reat, his brother Ran Pal, and others were driving... More »

Burglary Victim Makes Teen Suspect Call 911 ... on Himself

And on his 2 accomplices

(Newser) - Give a child a punishment and you teach him a lesson for a day; make that child call in his own punishment and he'll likely remember it for a lifetime. That may have been the philosophy guiding an Oregon homeowner who the Coos County Sheriff's Office says found... More »

911 Calls for Baby Mauled by Dog Went Unanswered

San Diego parents called for help twice, but no one picked up on the other end

(Newser) - Police in San Diego say a couple whose 3-day-old baby was mauled to death by the family dog made two unsuccessful 911 calls before getting frustrated and driving the boy to the hospital themselves, the AP reports. Police Lt. Scott Wahl told KNSD-TV Saturday that the parents waited 28 seconds... More »

Kids Text 911 From Inside Allegedly Drunk Dad's Car

Brother and sister feared for their lives

(Newser) - Two Nebraska children may have saved their own lives and the lives of others when they texted 911 from inside their allegedly drunk father's car, WKBN reports. Fourteen-year-old Mackenzie and 12-year-old Ethan were driving through Nebraska with their 44-year-old dad, Jason Behrens, on the way to a vacation in... More »

911 Dispatcher Pretends to Be Victim's Boyfriend

He 'might have saved her life,' officer says

(Newser) - A Georgia woman was assaulted early Monday, and the alleged attacker told her to call her boyfriend to make him listen—but instead, the woman called 911. Deonte Smith, the dispatcher who answered, noticed that the woman was pretending to be talking to her boyfriend, so he played along. It... More »

911 Dispatcher Demoted for Playing Video Games on Job

He missed a shooting and hit-and-run

(Newser) - A Florida 911 dispatcher has been reprimanded and demoted for playing video games on the job. The Palm Beach Post reported Tuesday that 52-year-old Charles Morris was demoted from training officer to dispatcher. The paper reports that an internal investigation conducted by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office revealed... More »

Cops: Serial 911 Abuser Called to Report Lost Phone

Connecticut woman is accused of calling 911 at least 76 times since March

(Newser) - Calling 911 is reserved for emergencies only, a fact that a Connecticut woman is accused of blatantly ignoring. Michelle Davis, 43, was arrested after two calls made in October: one on Oct. 3 in which she complained about not being able to find her cellphone (and in which she was... More »

Oops: First Text to 911 May Have Come From a Driver

And if so, that's illegal

(Newser) - A 911 dispatcher in Pennsylvania's Allegheny County received a milestone message yesterday—the county's first-ever text to 911. One problem: It appears to have been sent by someone who was driving at the time, which is not only unwise but illegal in the state. “This is one... More »

Now You Can Text 911*

*in select areas, for now

(Newser) - Starting today in select areas, as long as you have mobile phone service through AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, or T-Mobile, you can text rather than call 911 in an emergency. The FCC's text-to-911 program will be available across the nation by the end of the year, Gizmodo reports. The... More »

Cops: 911 Dispatcher Takes Call, Warns Her Boyfriend

She phoned him instead of putting information into the system, say police

(Newser) - A 911 dispatcher in Delaware took a Jan. 9 call about shots fired at a particular address, and then passed the information along. The problem is that police say she passed it along not to patrol cars but to her boyfriend, as a warning, and he in turn passed it... More »

911 Operator Laughs at Report of Girlfriend on Fire

Says she wasn't chuckling at what he said

(Newser) - Imagine being in one of the most terrifying positions of your life and calling 911—only to hear laughter at the other end. In what he terms a 'freak accident,' Lalo Delgado’s girlfriend caught on fire while driving, and he's not happy about the response he... More »

Detroit's Pokey 911 Dispatchers May Face Charges

Woman shot; another stabbed to death amid slow response times

(Newser) - Detroit 911 dispatchers were slow to send cops during two recent emergencies that ended in tragedy; now, police are mulling criminal charges for the dispatchers. Last week, a woman called 911 multiple times as an argument turned dangerous, her mother says. Police say there were six calls in total; it... More »

Domestic Violence Victims Can Face Eviction for Dialing 911

The dark side to 'nuisance' ordinances

(Newser) - When Lakisha Briggs' violent boyfriend showed up at her door last year, fresh from a prison stint related to their last fight, calling 911 and kicking him out was not an option, she tells the New York Times . Why? Because Norristown, Pennsylvania, where she lived, has a law that means... More »

Boy Calls 911 to Avoid Bedtime

Officer dispatched to tell him not to do that

(Newser) - Police in Massachusetts say a 10-year-old boy called 911 because he didn't want to go to bed. Brockton police say the boy called just after 8 last night and told the dispatcher he was calling to report his mother because he did not want to go to bed. There... More »

Chicago Cops Cut Back on 911 Responses

They're weeding out less serious ones to focus on gun violence

(Newser) - One consequence of Chicag's rising murder rate: City police are now responding to fewer 911 calls in person to focus on gun violence. Dispatchers will reroute calls deemed less serious—car thefts, for example—to desk officers who will deal with them entirely by phone, reports the Wall Street ... More »

Guy Calls 911 to Complain About Sandwich Order

Dispatcher advises him not to purchase the sandwich

(Newser) - Yet another case of someone calling 911 to complain about food : This time, a Connecticut man called the emergency number after a deli fouled up his sandwich order. The man can be heard on a recording of Wednesday's call complaining that he "specifically asked for little turkey and... More »

40% of NYC's 911 Calls Are Butt Dials

Accidental calls numbered nearly 4M in 2010: report

(Newser) - Nearly 40% of the time a New York City dispatcher answers a 911 call, there’s no actual emergency. Yep, in 2010, two-fifths of all calls to New York’s 911 system were accidental “butt dials,” the New York Daily News reports. A total of 10.4 million... More »

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