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Florida Woman Calls 911, Dies Waiting For Responding Deputy To Finish Lunch

Reading the headline, you might think it’s a set-up for a really bad joke, but it isn’t. It might contain some humor if it were only a joke.

A Florida woman dialed 911 on March 13 complaining that she was having difficulty talking and needed assistance. She was later found in her driveway, unconscious.

Standard policy in Lee County, Florida, is for the 911 dispatcher to call for the nearest deputy to respond. On March 13 that deputy was Yvan Fernandez. And Deputy Fernandez was busy scoffing down the goodies at Raider’s Pizza and Wings on Palm Beach Boulevard. You don’t expect a hungry dude to forego his lunch to help some needy citizen, do you?

Another deputy showed up at the restaurant and Fernandez asked him to respond to the emergency call. After all, he still had some serious chowing down to do.

When the second deputy arrived at the woman’s house, he found her lying in the driveway, passed out and, according to neighbors, “covered in ants.”

Yeah, but did Deputy Fernandez ever get full? He did indeed, and he even showed up over an hour after the call was first made. Well done, Deputy!

Now, more than a month later, the Lee County Sheriff’s office has finally fired Deputy Fernandez for his actions on that day in March. Sheriff Mike Scott said after announcing Deputy Fernandez’s termination:

“He made a decision at that moment of time that his lunch and what he had on his personal plate, pun intended I suppose, was more important than that 911 call. Could we have saved this lady? I’ll never be able to answer that question. Would getting there quicker have hurt anything? Of course not.”

What he had on his plate!  Ha, I get it!  That’s a good one, Sheriff. Oh, you weren’t trying to be funny? Oh. Then…you know, never mind.

In defense of himself, Fernandez claims to have attempted to call the woman several times and gotten no response.

Maybe because she was having trouble talking, was passed out, and was covered with ants, you idiot!

But hey, at least Fernandez managed to have an enjoyable lunch without anyone rushing him.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.

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12-Year-Old Girl With Leukemia Dismissed From Michigan School For Excessive Absences

Rose McGrath has already faced and beaten the biggest battle of her life, against leukemia, but now she will have to start fighting the school she attends because they had the nerve to kick this brave girl out for excessive absences.

 

McGrath was diagnosed in 2012 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in August 2012 and has been undergoing treatment for nearly three years. Her treatments are completed, but she is still trying to recover, according to her mother, Barbara McGrath:

“You still have a very long recovery process because you’ve basically just put two and a half years of poison into your body, (so) you’re not recovering overnight.”

But then a letter arrived from the Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools informing this incredible young lady that she dismissed from school because she failed to meet academic or attendance standards.

She just got over treatments for leukemia! Can’t the school cut her some slack?

Rose’s parents admit that their daughter has only been able to attend  only 32 days of class this year, but she remains on track to pass all of her core classes.

Rose, tears in her eyes, told a local reporter:

“I didn’t do anything wrong, but they still got rid of me.”

Father John Fleckenstein of the Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools claims that the school tried to provide support for McGrath:

“These were extraordinary circumstances, but so many accommodations were made we felt eventually it became a point where we really had to help Rose by being able to make sure that she was getting the assistance that she needed and to learn.”

Then why not let her continue for the year and see if she passes her classes with the required grades, Father?

The young girl’s parents are not going without a fight and have filed a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights because they don’t think the school’s accommodations were adequate for a child who has been as ill as Rose.             As Mrs. McGrath remarked:

“It’s not like she’s out at the mall having fun — she’s in her bed, sick with nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain. She’s not having fun, she’s sick. She’d be at school if she could.”

And if they wanted, the school could make a special exception for this resilient girl who simply wants to go to school like every other kid.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.