Commentary: Are people dying in Tracy because of emergency services glitch?

  • Source: East Bay Times
  • Published: 05/17/2017 12:37 PM

In Tracy it has become known as the Easter incident. On Easter Sunday 2016, a female resident of a skilled nursing facility was having difficulty breathing. A 911 call was placed. What happened next? It depends upon whom you ask. “An ambulance was dispatched, but not our Fire Department,” Tracy Mayor Robert Rickman said at a May 11 news conference, flanked by fire personnel standing in front of two gleaming firetrucks. “Approximately 10 minutes later, the elderly lady stopped breathing and 911 was called for a second time. Our Fire Department was finally dispatched. It took the ambulance approximately 19 minutes to arrive.


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