A Maryland 911 dispatcher was fired because he told a 13-year-old girl to “stop whining” after her father was hit by a car.
Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman Captain Russ Davies told Fox News that the unnamed dispatcher no longer works for the department.
The incident occurred on Feb. 1. Rick Warrick, 38, was the victim of a hit-and-run while trying to change a tire along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. His fiancee was also struck by the vehicle.
Warrick’s daughter, who was in the car with her younger brother, called 911 immediately. She struggled to remain calm and that’s when the dispatcher said, “OK, let’s stop whining. Let’s stop whining, it’s hard to understand you.”
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At one point, the dispatcher even asked if there was someone else he could speak with. Davies told the Associated Press that the dispatcher should have handled that call differently.
The 13-year-old girl’s dad was killed in the hit-and-run. His fiancee, Julia Pearce, 28, was seriously injured.