Jaydon Chavez-Silver, A 17-year-old high school student from Albuquerque, New Mexico, was at a party on June 25 when someone opened fire and a bullet struck the teen, KRQE reported (audio below).
A witness called 911 and firefighter Matthew Sanchez, who was on dispatch duty, picked up the phone and got into an argument with the distressed caller, who was attempting to perform CPR on the teen. Sanchez then hung up on the caller.
Chavez-Silver later died.
Sanchez asked the caller if the teen was breathing and the caller replied “barely” before encouraging Chavez-Silver to keep breathing. “Stay with him, good job. Just stay with me, OK, OK. There you go. Good job Jaydon.”
"Is he breathing?" Sanchez asked again.
“He’s barely breathing," the caller replied. "How many times do I have to f------ tell you?”
Sanchez responded: “OK, you know what, ma’am? You can deal with it yourself. I’m not gonna deal with this, OK?”
"No, my friend is dying!" the caller said before Sanchez hung up, The Huffington Post reported.
Albuquerque Fire Chief David Downey said in a statement Sanchez has been removed from the call center and has been placed on administrative leave. “An internal investigation has been initiated. As the chief of the department, I am taking the allegation very seriously,” he said.
Jaydon’s mother said she was “heartbroken” over the call. “They’re beyond belief about what happened,” said Dan Sparago, a spokesman for the family. “But at the same time they want to focus on (catching) the people who did this.”
The shooter has still not been caught, and a reward of up to to $4,000 is being offered to anyone with information on the killer.