We have progressed to the point in our nanny state society where a person who is in a vehicle that has been driven into a body of water and is sinking needs to be told to get out of the vehicle before they drown.

A 911 dispatcher was suspended  for not telling a man in a sinking SUV that it would be a good idea to get out before the vehicle sank and took him with it. Seriously?

The real tragedy here is that people like this don’t die before they pass on their worthless genes to the next generation. Where is Darwin when you need him?

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Wayne Conrad · November 7, 2013 at 8:03 pm

I'm guessing that the passing on of genes had already occurred (he was 89).

May I play devil's advocate?

I can imagine being old and my mind no longer very elastic; able to cope fine with the ordinary, but easily confused by the extraordinary. It could be for that person that the dispatcher must instruct to leave the vehicle. Panic messes with a person's mind; maybe that voice on the phone could help.

I can't say that the failure to do so ought to result in being fired, but the article–if you can believe it–paints the dispatcher as not being quite the paragon of per profession.

Divemedic · November 7, 2013 at 9:59 pm

According to this story, the man wouldn't respond to bystanders or dispatchers.


Anonymous · November 8, 2013 at 6:44 pm

After reading the article I'm of the opinion that it is the SUPERVISORS that should be fired. She REPEATEDLY failed to either attend training of follow protocols resulting in poor performance leading directly to this guy's death. The SUPERVISOR's piss poor performance SHOULD open THEM up to lawsuits for their PC-ness and incompetence.


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