911 Operator Overheard Sleeping on the Job

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0  Updated at 3:45 am, May 23rd, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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iStockphoto/Thinsktock(WASHINGTON) — Montgomery County, Maryland authorities have just released audio of a woman who called 911 to seek aid for her ailing husband — but who heard snoring, not help, on the other end of the line.

The April 4 call recording reveals a woman upset about her husband who was having trouble breathing, ABC News affiliate WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C. reports, and a dispatcher who was literally asleep on the job.  After five minutes, the dispatcher did return to the call, but another dispatcher eventually handled the plea for help.

The dispatcher, who wasn’t identified, was suspended without pay. The 911 operator is reportedly a fireman, who was 17 hours into a 24-hour overtime shift.

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