Interesting. I would have thought that the first 911 call in the US happened a lot earlier than on 2/16/68. Just goes to show how time slips away quickly then doesn't seem so long ago.Did you know...
The world's oldest emergency phone number is the U.K's 999 number that was introduced on June 30, 1937. It was implemented after a call to the fire brigade was held in a queue with the telephone company. The delay cost five women their lives in the fire. The first-ever 911 call in the United States happened on February 16, 1968, in Haleyville, Alabama. It wasn't until 1999 that Congress directed the FCC to make 911 the universal emergency number for the United States for all telephone services. Known as the "The City Where 911 Began," Haleyville, Alabama, holds a 911 festival every year that honors all police, fire, and emergency personnel.*** In 2006, 5-year-old Robert Turner called 911 when his mother collapsed form heart problems. The call taker thought he was making a prank call and told the little boy that she would send help and hung up. The boy waited three hours and, with his mother still unconscious, called 911 again. This time, a different call taker told the boy that he would get in trouble if he kept playing around. Scared, the boy hung up. His mom died.
Tragically, I've heard of a lot of 911 calls over the years that have been bumbled by dispatchers that cost people their lives, that could have been prevented. I'm sure they get a lot of hoax calls too, but still, a child reporting his mother down, no excuse to throw it away like it's just a plaything. Twice. So sad he lost his mother due to stupidity, when obviously she probably could have been saved since she was down for a number of hours and still holding on.
I just hope the child had a guardian who was able to reach a nice settlement for him against those who contributed to his mothers' death due to their deliberate failure to respond; and I hope 911 dispatchers have learned some lessons from these kinds of tragedies they contributed too.