Officials: Dispatcher Shouldn't Have Canceled Call

By: ATLANTA (AP)
By: ATLANTA (AP)

ATLANTA (AP) -- The head of Atlanta's 911 system said a dispatcher was wrong to call off Atlanta Fire Department paramedics sent to help a 16-year-old who died last month.

In a memorandum released Tuesday, 911 officials said that now only fire department command officers and Grady Memorial Hospital officials can cancel a response.

An autopsy report released Tuesday says the accidental death of Mays High School student Antoine Williams resulted from injuries received during "mutual horseplay" with another student.

911 officials said the incident didn't delay medical treatment, and the dispatcher won't be disciplined. But the general manager of a private ambulance company that reached the school first said the cancellation cost valuable minutes.


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