Pasco 911 dispatcher suspended

10:30 AM, Jul 26, 2007   |    comments
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NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — A 911 dispatcher who answered a call from the mother of two boys found dead in a New Port Richey home has been suspended. An official says she waited too long to give CPR instructions because she was not following procedures.

Pasco Emergency Services Director Anthony Lopinto says 61-year-old Ilona Smith also intermittently sounded seemed unsympathetic during the recorded July 9th call.

Smith was suspended for a 12-hour shift without pay.

Officials say the children were already dead when the mother called. The family's minivan was later found parked in the closed garage, with the key in the ignition and the gas tank empty.

New Port Richey police continue to investigate.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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