A former Panama City Beach Police Reserve Officer breaks his silence Tuesday night. In an exclusive interview, 35-year old Steven Price says he thought he was doing his job by pulling rank in a 911 call on New Year’s Eve.
According to Price there were four area off duty police officers celebrating the New Year when they heard calls for help outside. When they went to see what was going on they found 27-year-old Lisa Nicewonder having a seizure. Price says he was trying to pass along medical information when he called 911 a second and third time that night.
"My problem was when I was passing this information I felt like the 911 dispatcher blew me off. She wasn't concerned about this information. She kept saying they're on they're way sir what do you want me to do,” explains Price.
But a copy of that 911 call tells a different story:
Price: "we got four police officers here tonight. You need to run a code. If I don't see lights coming around the corner I'm gonna have your a-- and everybody's a-- tonight. Run a code do you understand? Now.
Operator: "Who are you?"
Price: "Don't sir me. I'm Price. I'm Officer Price Panama City Beach Police."
A much calmer price spoke to us Tuesday evening.
"It was unprofessional but there's a mother of two standing here beside me that will see her kids tonight because I gave enough attitude to put my badge on the line. Would I do it again? Yes ma'am I would,” Price says.
"I feel an officer lost his job today for no reason. Because that' what you get the badge for, to serve and protect,” comments Nicewonder.
Nicewonder says she is filing a complaint against the ambulance service. She says they were the ones who acted unprofessionally.
Price says despite his repeated requests when the ambulance did arrive they had neither lights nor sirens on. Price lost his job as an auxiliary beach policeman after his superiors heard the 911 call.
Tom Price says he and some friends had had three or four drinks by the time they called 911 around 1 a.m. New Year's morning.