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Widow Says Husband's Death Could Have Been Avoided

There are 42 comments on the WANE Fort Wayne story from Feb 21, 2008, titled Widow Says Husband's Death Could Have Been Avoided. In it, WANE Fort Wayne reports that:

It was nearly 24 long hours of waiting and worrying before Julie Squire learned the tragic news.

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Paul

United States

#1 Feb 21, 2008
Our fine officers at work. Unless it will benefit them they do not do their jobs. A man died because I feel the officers felt that they might get to cold. This also sounds like another failure of the dispatchers we keep hereing about in other cities. It took a man to dying to keep the police warm. Duane Squire should get a medal of valor for giving up his life for another; his grandson.
Paul

United States

#2 Feb 21, 2008
1 min ago
Our fine officers at work. Unless it will benefit them they do not do their jobs. A man died because I feel the officers felt that they might get to cold. This also sounds like another failure of the dispatchers we keep hereing about in other cities. It took a man to dying to keep the police warm. Duane Squire should get a medal of valor for giving up his life for another; his grandson
Candi

United States

#3 Feb 21, 2008
While I do agree that more could have been done and the report should have been taken more seriously, I highly doubt that the man would still be alive. From the eye witness report of the person calling in the problem, he was in obvious distress and they might find that he was having a seizure or heart attack. I believe that the previous poster is entirely inaccurate in his assumption that it was too chilly for the police. What a pompous buffoon!!!!!!
Amanda

United States

#4 Feb 21, 2008
This is such a sad outcome. I hope that the responding officers are held accountable for their lack of responsibility. Police officers are supposed to be here to serve and protect. It's a shame that these officers were lazy and now a life may have been lost due to their shortcomings.
Amanda

United States

#5 Feb 21, 2008
Candi wrote:
While I do agree that more could have been done and the report should have been taken more seriously, I highly doubt that the man would still be alive. From the eye witness report of the person calling in the problem, he was in obvious distress and they might find that he was having a seizure or heart attack. I believe that the previous poster is entirely inaccurate in his assumption that it was too chilly for the police. What a pompous buffoon!!!!!!
I think he could have been saved. There were footprints outside of the vehicle which proves that once the car stopped he was able to get out of the car. There were also handprints on the vehicle that appears as though he may have tried to push the vehicle. Had the officers drove into the field and investigated, which is their job, something could have been done to save the man. Either way, we will now never know. The officers plain and simply did not do their job to serve and protect and you shouldn't make excuses for them!
Rebecca

United States

#6 Feb 21, 2008
How pathetic..Listen to the 911 calls can anyone be so ignorant and be part of our Criminal Justice system..but then I have seen alot of the Auburn police departments response to neighborhood problems..Its just plain LAZY..
Heather

Macomb, MI

#7 Feb 21, 2008
I live in Dekalb county and am in complete shock by this. How can the police get a 911 call and not fulling check the field. There is NO reason for this, by doing their job the police could have possibly saved a life plus spared a child from a tramatic ordeal.
This is just a good reminder that if you see an something like this happen stay on scene until the police arrive because we as citizens need to look out for each other, we can not count on the police to search hard for us.
Wendy

United States

#8 Feb 21, 2008
This could have been a case of assumption. It is a "well known" rumor that the GPD turn their heads when the firefighters drink and drive. Maybe they assumed it was one of their own and turned their heads again!!!! We desperately need a change in leadership of our civil service depts. These depts. are to protect and serve. The only ones they protect and serve are their own!
Candi

United States

#9 Feb 21, 2008
Um...Amanda...Hello??? I said at the beginning of my comment that it should have been investigated more thoroughly. I am not making any excuses for them at all. I am merely stating that it being too cold for the police was a very silly statement to make. Please go back and read my comment very carefully. Also, you have no proof that the handprints/footprints are his or the son's. While there is clearly a lack of communication and follow through, we won't know if he would have been alive or not.
Concerned

Saint Louis, MO

#10 Feb 21, 2008
Not all Officer's are lazy like this one happened to be. I know that!
BBB

Wawaka, IN

#11 Feb 21, 2008
Are you kidding me! I'm sitting here saying to myself that this could have been my wife with my four kids in the car. It could have been any one of us. A tragedy has struck all of us - at the hands of a dispatcher and several police officers. I know my wife is furious ... "If the family doesn't do something, we will!"
Confused

Auburn, IN

#12 Feb 21, 2008
"BBB",
Are you kidding me! I'm sitting here saying to myself that this could have been my wife with my four kids in the car. It could have been any one of us. A tragedy has struck all of us - at the hands of a dispatcher and several police officers. I know my wife is furious ... "If the family doesn't do something, we will!"

What did the dispatcher do wrong?
Also confused

United States

#13 Feb 21, 2008
I agree with the last guy what did the dispatcher do wrong they were not the ones out there. after reading the paper it really shows it was the garrett officer who didn't check on them but assumed that they were allowed to be there.
An Auburn resident

United States

#14 Feb 21, 2008
This is obviously a very tragic situation. One in which I am positive that the officers will not forget, nor will the family. My condolences to the family.
That being said, we need to remember that we are dealing with PEOPLE. People do make mistakes. I cannot imagine what the officers and everyone involved must be feeling. I am not saying we need to just push this under the rug, but hey, give the police some credit. They keep us safe and they are there when we need them, but they are human. It is a rare occasion when we hear what are police and firefighters do RIGHT everyday. I just think we need to remember that they are not God, they are humans.
Once again, my condolences to the family.
Concerns

Jackson, MO

#15 Feb 21, 2008
The liability in this case is ultimaltely the Sheriffs Dept. The individual liability is still UNKNOWN!! We, the general public don't know if the dispatcher gave accurate information to the deputy responding. Did she give him the information verbatim or in her own words? If the deputy wasn't given the exact information the caller described, then I give a pass to him and blame dispatch. Put yourself in his shoes. You are called to a vehicle driving in a field back to the woods. A Garrett Officer shows up and states they have permission to be there. I don't know about anyone else, but I might leave the scene also.

If the information was given verbatim, then the deputy will be the fall guy. This was a common sense call if given verbatim. Maybe investigate for medical reasons, impaired driver, etc.

I don't think we should all rush judgement on the individuals, but judge the department as a whole.
Broken Hearted

Indianapolis, IN

#16 Feb 21, 2008
There are many different what if's to look at, but the truth is that we really don't know where to begin to toss fault. Yes the police should of investigated reguardless of what they were told because what if the car was just joyriding then they should of been talked to because they could of harmed someone else. This is where the serve and protect comes into play. But only time will tell where the fault is and I am so sorry for the family. Duane was a very nice man who would do anything for you!!! Erich I am so sorry that you had to spend a whole night in the cold wondering about your grandpa. I hope that you will be ok. I am so broken hearted for the whole family and I hope that you all will heal again someday.
Sincerely,
Broken hearted!
Howard

Auburn, IN

#17 Feb 21, 2008
This whole this is ridiculous. Noone is at fault.If you want to blame someone, blame yourself for putting the blame on everyone else.
Confused

Baytown, TX

#18 Feb 22, 2008
Are you kidding me? When I was a kid we use to cut wood all the time, but I was never so excited to get out to the woods that I would drive off the road at 50mph where there was'nt a drive in a CAR!!!! Are you kidding me? This car was to far off the road to walk to, so there was no way they were going to go back there to investigate(there job) the problem. The blame should be placed at the top of the ladder. The sheriff or the second in comand should have demanded they investigate. I don't know if it's being lazy or a lack of leadership. Take the time and ask some surrounding areas about the Dekalb County Sheriffs Department. It's lacking to say the least. It's tragic that we have to say goodbye to a good man because lack of leadership. Please don't make excuses, your better off just saying your sorry.
BBB

Wawaka, IN

#19 Feb 22, 2008
In response to why I mentioned the dispatch ... when you listen to the 911 tapes, the dispatch officer is impatient with the caller - "north south east or west maam" when the woman was trying to tell them that the car was in the middle of a field! Then when the caller said "south", the dispatch officer tries to correct the caller by telling her that CR 48 is an east/west road. If the dispatch was listening in the FIRST place she would have known that the car had driven across a field and had indeed driven south. Just a case of the officer thinking that the caller was an idiot. "Howard", if this was your grandpa - would you be blaming yourself? Ridiculous.
Very Confused

United States

#20 Feb 22, 2008
I fully agree that more could have been done, a lot more. In response to Candi's statements, I'm pretty sure that since they found the gentleman outside of his car, covered in mud, that it is safe to say that it is a very good possibility that the hand and foot prints were his. That being said, I agree that there is a very good chance that if he could get out of his car that there is a good chance that he could have been saved if even one officer involved would have checked on the car. I also agree that the mistakes started with dispatch, but then they continue down to the responding officers. I'm sure that everyone involved feels horrible and has realized the horrible mistakes they made, they are human and incapable of being perfect. At least maybe this will give everyone on these departments a wake up call. I am truely sorry for the family.

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