A Seattle boy reportedly watched his father die during a medical emergency because staffing shortages as a result of the defund the police movement delayed first responders.
The unidentified 13-year-old called 911 last week to report that his dad needed help, but when firefighters arrived they were told to wait for police because of an outdated note attached to the address indicating the resident had a history of aggression towards first responders, according to the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH.
As a result of the cautionary note — which was placed on the address because of the previous tenant, a spokesperson for Seattle Fire confirmed — the medical personnel had to wait 15 minutes for officers to arrive.
By the time backup showed up, it was too late and they were unable to save the man, the report said.
Two veteran medics told Rantz that the man would have likely survived if first responders had gotten to the scene faster.
“Had it been addressed early, his chance of survival would have been 60 percent,” one of the medics told the host, adding that the apparent ventricular fibrillation arrest is “very save-able” — as long as it’s treated quickly.
However, the police precinct was down to two officers and depended on non-patrol volunteers to meet minimum staffing levels, according to documents and 911 calls from the incident obtained by the conservative radio host.
A medic told Rantz that response times have suffered since the mass exodus of police officers amid abuse from activists in the aftermath of the George Floyd killing.
Due to the staffing shortages, cops in the North Precinct, where the late father lived, are the slowest to respond to 911 calls, according to the radio host, who cited a city report from August showing that the average response time for Priority 1 calls (emergencies in progress) was nearly 13 minutes in the second quarter this year.
The average response time for Priority 2 calls was 61 minutes, it added.
Still, the City Council has proposed slashing the police budget by $11 million in the 2022 budget, which includes cutting hiring incentives, the report said.
“One call could take out an entire precinct, wiping us out completely,” one officer told Rantz.
Meanwhile, the radio host also blamed the tragedy on Mayor Jenny Durkan’s COVID vaccine mandate, which he insists has “crippled already understaffed police and fire departments.”