*Omg. Omg. Omg. Somebody at 9-1-1 dropped the ball, and now a teen is dead. The 16-year-old male had called 9-1-1 — twice — pleading for help, but was later found dead in his SUV.
A 9-1-1 dispatcher who was involved in the incident has since been placed on administrative leave. But everyone is wondering why the teen’s frantic pleas for help never reached the paramedics.
Now an internal investigation has been directed by the local police chief into the actions of all employees involved in Plush’s two desperate calls to 911 before he died from asphyxia due to chest compression.
No info on what caused the dispatcher that was placed on leave to be singled out. But the leave will be in affect pending the outcome of the investigation, Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said.
Ohio Reports say the teen place three calls to the emergency department saying that he was trapped in his Honda SUV and “need help immediately.”
On a second call to 9-1-1 Plush told the operator…
“I probably don’t have much time left. Tell my mom I love her if I die.”
“This is not a joke,” Plush said. “I’m trapped inside my gold Honda Odyssey van in the … parking lot of Seven Hills.”
Police say that Plush called 911 on Tuesday pleading for help but had trouble hearing the dispatcher.
An operator repeatedly asked Plush where he was. The teen said several times he was at “Seven Hills,” which is the name of the Cincinnati school he attended.
The terrified teen is heard screaming and later said on the call, “I’m in desperate need of help!”
“This young man was crying out for help” when he spoke to that dispatcher, Isaac said at a news conference this afternoon. “We weren’t able to get that information to the officers on the scene. We need to find out why.”
Police say officers raced to the area in search of the car, but “based on the information relayed to the officers, efforts to locate the caller were unsuccessful” and the calls went straight to voicemail.
According to Yahoo News, Plush’s mother called 911 and told a dispatcher, “We don’t know where he is. He’s 16 years old. He was driving a gold Honda van. He goes to Seven Hills School. I’m not sure what to do.”
At about 9 p.m., police say someone called 911 to say Plush’s car was found.
The teen was found inside and declared dead, police said.