Tracey Halvorson, the fire dispatcher in Bakersfield, California pleaded with someone on the other end of the 911 line. The dispatcher pleaded with the woman to begin CPR on a woman who was hardly breathing. Halverson said is anyone there willing to give aid to the woman so she will not die. The answer after a second’s pause was not at this current time.
The 911 tape was released this week by the Fire Department in Bakersfield and on the tape, a woman told the dispatcher that she was a Glenwood Gardens nurse. Glenwood is a senior living facility located in Bakersfield. However, on Tuesday the woman who needed CPR was refused by the nurse. The nurse said it was against policy at the facility for staff to give CPR.
The elderly woman died at a local hospital later that same day. On the tape, another employee at Glenwood said that a woman had passed out in the dining room at the facility while eating and was barely breathing.
For a number of minutes the dispatcher could be heard begging the nurse to start CPR, saying some procedure had to be started prior to the arrival of an ambulance.
After the dispatcher received repeated refusals by the nurse, she asked the nurse to find anyone, including a passerby who might be willing to give a helping hand. Halverson pleaded with the nurse, saying the woman would die if nothing were done. The nurse at that time was overheard speaking to someone else at Glenwood.
The nurse said to the other person that the dispatcher was yelling at her to help and said she was feeling stressed by the dispatcher’s pressuring.
After another few minutes passed, the ambulance arrived and the tape ended.