Scottsdale 911 dispatchers help save 3 who overdosed

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by Christina O'Haver

azfamily.com

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 4 at 10:30 AM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Scottsdale police say 911 dispatchers saved the lives of three people who overdosed at an apartment early Wednesday morning.

The Scottsdale Police Emergency Call Center received a 911 call at 5:21 a.m. from a male reporting that a female had possibly overdosed on an unknown drug.

"I need somebody on their way over to this apartment," the caller told the police and fire dispatchers. "I'm trying to get the address right now, but I need them over here ASAP. I think she might have overdosed on -- I don't know what it is."

The dispatchers repeatedly asked the caller for the address throughout the nearly 5-minute call but he never provided it.

"What can I do? She like passed out," he said. He called out "baby" several times, apparently trying to wake the female.

The caller finally provided the crossroads of 68th Street and Thomas Road but not the apartment number.

"I got it right here," he said. "It's gonna be apartment -- I don't know what she could be overdosing on. ... I'm just trying to make sure that she's not f---ing dying on me."

The caller became increasingly incoherent but was able to give the name of the complex before losing consciousness. Gurgling sounds were heard as the line remained open.

Police said dispatcher Rosa Chavez traced the caller's cellphone to find the building number, and communications specialist John White helped pinpoint the exact apartment.

After nearly 20 minutes of trying to locate the caller, officers entered the apartment and found three people who, according to police, were close to death.

First responders assessed the patients and credited the 911 dispatchers with saving their lives.

Two of the patients were taken to a hospital but the third reportedly refused transport.

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