Brickbat: When Seconds Count


When Louie Bradley fell in the shower of his senior living community in Irving, Texas, he pulled an emergency switch to call for help. Neighbors heard the alarm, but couldn't get into his apartment because of the deadbolt on the door. So they called 911. And called. And called. And called. In total, they called six times before help arrived. The problem is that on the first call the dispatcher sent police to the wrong address. Cops got there, spoke to the resident, found nothing was wrong and left. And when neighbors kept calling they were told the police had already checked it out and everything was fine. 911 didn't send anyone to the right place until a neighbor called it in as a fire, not a medical emergency. But by the time firefighters arrived, about an hour after the first call, Bradley was dead.

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  1. They should have said they smelled marijuana. Of course, that would mean big trouble for the dog of the guy in the wrong apartment, but at least everything would have happened faster.

    1. I consider this comment to be TREASON!

      There... am I doing it right?


      1. No where near close - - - -
        You must state it as a fact, and a fact beyond question.
        Then feign outrage that the matter has not already been fully spread by the media and scheduled for immediate hearings and conviction.
        (Unless it is actual treason, then you must remain silent)

    2. I don't know, man, it could be worse. You know what happened the last time a cop in Texas went into the wrong apartment.

      1. But he wasn't eating vanilla ice cream...

  2. So when do we outlaw showers, deadbolts, and calling 9 11 about a residence other than your own?

  3. Obviously, past time for common-sense shower (and deadbolt) control.

    1. beat me to it, however if everybody would just let the government put a camera in every room this wouldn't be a problem

      1. Well, to be truly effective, everyone would have to have a network enabled deadbolt, and file the password to the network with the cops/feds.

        1. Just ban locks.

  4. The only question that matters is if the dead guy voted for Trump or not. If so then he deserved to die. If not then senior lives matter. But the deciding factor is always politics, not principle.

    1. If he was that old, he was in public schools before the propaganda infusion, and almost certainly learned to think for himself. So, yeah, a Trump voter.

  5. So many questions:

    Sounds like a confederacy of dunces.

  6. Lucky that dispatch didn’t tell the callers to “shut up!” and hang up on them, or send the cops to the callers house to arrest them for calling the police. There are so many other traditional ways this could have shaken out - glad no dogs were killed and the hero’s in blue made it home safe.

  7. You want a Brickbat? Here's a Brickbat.

    Recipients of red light camera tickets in Delaware cannot challenge the citation in court because the $172 fine is worth less than $100 by the reckoning of the Delaware Superior Court. Judge Abigail M. LeGrow last month denied the appeal of Stanley C. Lowicki, whose car was photographed by a red light camera while allegedly traveling through a red light at the intersection of Route 72 at Kenmore Drive on May 18, 2017.

    Because he was not actually behind the wheel at the time of the alleged infraction, Lowicki challenged the citation before the local Justice of the Peace Court. The justice of the peace was not interested in his arguments and imposed the full $172 fine, which Lowicki appealed to the Court of Common Pleas. That court declined to consider the case since it is only able to hear appeals for "civil penalties" that exceed $100.

    The Common Pleas Court insisted that the fine amount was just $75, but nearly $100 was added in fees and surcharges, bringing the total to $172. The court costs were $25, the court security fee was $10, the Transportation Trust Fund tax was $37, the State Police Fund tax was $7.50, the Local Law Enforcement Fund tax was $7.50 and the Ambulance Fund was $10.

    1. Jesus. This is how people end up with heads on stakes.

  8. Only an hour? The Political State monopoly certainly did a creditable job of pretending to see about the fallen codger. This actually helps explain why government bureaucrats have such a tremendous hard on for forcing people to install deadbolts-as-excuse. But if blame must be allocated, the victim's hurried recklessness in dying before government help arrived is manifestly the root of the problem here.

  9. Shouldn't have fallen in the shower like a thug!

  10. 911 didn't send anyone to the right place until a neighbor called it in as a fire, not a medical emergency. But by the time firefighters arrived, about an hour after the first call, Bradley was dead.

    Outrageous! I hope they charged the neighbor with filing a false report.

  11. "When Louie Bradley fell in the shower ... he pulled an emergency switch to call for help."

    Yeah, not enough. Should've had the special Matt Lauer Door Lock next to that emergency switch.

  12. It's almost like 911 is a joke

  13. And they sent cops to a medical call, no mention of what happened when or if the ambulance got to the wrong address too. Sending cops on every call, whether they're needed or not, has always bothered me. Yes, I get it that there are more of them, they are already out and about, and often can be the first people available to get to wherever it is there's an emergency. But that's how people having a seizure end up getting shot, because to that cop hammer everything looks like a nail. I've thought about what I would do if my wife or I needed actual medical help quickly, and didn't want the cops to come. For example, I fall down the stairs, break both legs, and my wife can't carry me to the car to take ourselves to the hospital (which would probably be quicker). We'd call 911, but I really don't want a cop showing up at all, let alone coming into my house, looking around, and asking questions.

  14. The important thing here is no one kicked in the door and instead waited obediently for authorities to arrive.

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