Stowe Parents File Lawsuit Over County 911 Glitch - @ JEMS.com


Stowe Parents File Lawsuit Over County 911 Glitch

 

 
 
 

Bobby Kerlik | | Wednesday, September 26, 2007


The parents of an infant who died during a 911 glitch that resulted in missed calls for help filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the company that serviced the equipment.

John Kasecky and Amanda Schaffer filed a lawsuit in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court against Kansas-based Embarq Corp., alleging the business was negligent when installing and maintaining the county 911 system.

Kasecky, of Stowe, found his 5-month-old son, Alijah Schaffer, not breathing and lying facedown in his crib Oct. 25, according to the lawsuit.

Kasecky, who didn't have a car or cell phone, began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation as he frantically dialed 911 for help and got a busy signal for 19 minutes.

He finally called Stowe police, who dispatched an ambulance to his Overlook Place home. Alijah was taken to Ohio Valley General Hospital in Kennedy, where he died.

During the 19-minute period, Alijah lost color, turned a blue-gray and his lips became blue, according to the lawsuit.

The glitch crippled the system for nearly seven hours and blocked 217 calls that had come in during that time, according to the lawsuit.


Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: Communications and Dispatch, Industry News, Legal and Ethical

 
What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Buyer's Guide Featured Companies

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Improving Survival from Cardiac Arrest Using ACD-CPR + ITD

Using active compression-decompression CPR with an ITD has been shown to improve 1-year survival from cardiac arrest by 33%.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

California Firefighters save Man on Flight

Patient was conscious and talking when United flight landed.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Over Half of Seattle Fire Stations Test Positive for MRSA

Surprisingly high results come from test kits based on earlier study.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

AMR Crew Rescues Mississippi Driver from Fiery Crash

Rescue during crash in Jackson is caught on video.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Hands On February 2015

Here’s a look at this month’s product hands on.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Nightwatch Series Premiere Party

JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman attends the series premiere of A&E's new reality show, "Nightwatch."
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Ottawa Chemical Investigation

Chemicals and suspicious package are probed at two locations
More >


Multimedia Thumb

LMA MAD Nasal™

Needle-free intranasal drug delivery.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Field Bridge Xpress ePCR on iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

Sneak peek of customizable run forms & more.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Braun Ambulances' EZ Door Forward

Helps to create a safer ambulance module.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >