A 13-year-old Seattle boy watched his father who was suffering from cardiac arrest die while waiting more than 20 minutes for help to arrive – in a tragedy that critics say was caused by a shortage of cops and medical personnel staff resulting from the woke mayor’s vaccine mandates and defund the police movement.
The unidentified boy called 911 earlier this month when his 45-year-old father began struggling to breath in the city’s Crown Hill neighborhood.
Firefighters arrived at the scene within 15 minutes, but an outdated note on file mistakenly indicated that the apartment occupant was aggressive, slowing their response as they waited on a police escort.
‘He’s conscious but he’s not OK,’ the boy told 911 in an incident report obtained by The Jason Rantz Show on KTTH.
He added during the November 2 call, lodged at 1:24 p.m., that his dad was ‘making a moaning noise.’
The Seattle Fire Department arrived at 1:32 p.m. but was discouraged from entering the apartment without police because the man living there had a history of threatening first responders, a spokesperson told DailyMail.com.
Seattle firefighters responding to a 911 call earlier this month held off on entering the apartment until police arrived because of a note on file that said the occupant had been previously combative toward first responders. (File photo)
The vaccine mandate in Seattle is leading to a shortage of first responders. And our new staffing crisis likely contributed to a man’s death — in front of his 13-year-old son. It’s a tragic story. I break it down on Tucker Carlson Tonight.
— Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) November 13, 2021
As firefighters waited for a police escort, the boy called 911 again at 1:37 p.m.
‘He wasn’t like this before,’ the teen told a dispatcher. ‘I’m just really worried.’
The fire crew broke protocol and entered the unit without police at 1:39 p.m. – 15 minutes after the first call for help was made.
After waiting moments for police to escort them into the unit, firefighters entered the unit alone about 15 minutes after the initial call for help was lodged
One medic told KTTH that ‘had it been addressed early, his chance of survival would have been 60 percent.’
Police and medics arrived at the scene at 1:45 p.m. – more than 20 minutes after the initial call for help – and despite attempting CPR for an hour, couldn’t save the man, the outlet reported.
The Seattle Police Department did not respond to a DailyMail.com request for comment by deadline.
The Seattle Fire Department said it was following procedure when it initially held off on entering the unit.
Firefighters rely on ‘premise notes’ inputted into the dispatch system to alert them of any potential dangers or provide building access information, spokesperson Kristin Tinsley told DailyMail.com.
One premise note is intended to warn responders headed toward buildings where a tenant previously had acted aggressively toward emergency crews.
The boy told an operator during his second 911 call that his dad was barely breathing
The unit firefighters responded to November 2 was flagged for being occupied by an aggressive man and a note advised firefighters to request police before entering.
‘We had a “cautionary” premise note entered into the system for that address due to experiences with a patient who had lived there that was known to be combative towards SFD and SPD,’ Tinsley said. ‘Unfortunately, we learned during the most recent emergency response that the cautionary note was for a previous tenant.
Conservative radio talk show host Jason Rantz blamed the sluggish response on Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which he said ‘crippled already understaffed police and fire departments.’
‘They do not have enough employees to respond to emergency calls,’ Rantz said in a 770 KTTH column. ‘And through no fault of Seattle police or Seattle fire, a man is dead when he might have been saved.’
Tinsley said the department is now reviewing the incident and added that it is working to verify its premise notes more frequently.
The apartment where the man died as his son called 911 twice is inspected every two years, however the fire departments only have jurisdiction to inspect common areas, not individual units.
‘Premise notes are entered in response to emergency runs or during inspections,’ Tinsley said. ‘They are re-approved or removed during follow-up emergency responses or inspections.’
The Seattle Police Department’s 1,125 officers are tasked with protecting more than 724,000 people
Its force took another hit after vaccine mandates were introduced that required officers to get the jab or risk losing their job by October 18. In this photo protestors are seen during an October 18, protest
Staffing at the Seattle Police Department is at lows not seen since the 1980s.
In July, it was revealed that the department had already lost at least 280 officers since the start of 2020 due to what they called an ‘anti-police climate’ in the city amid Black Lives Matter protests and calls to defund the police.
The Seattle Police Department’s 1,125 officers are tasked with protecting more than 724,000 people.
Conservative talk show host Jason Rantz (left) said Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s (right) COVID-19 vaccine mandate has ‘crippled already understaffed police and fire departments’
Its force took another hit after vaccine mandates were introduced that required officers to get the jab or risk losing their job by October 18.
Last month, the department utilized its ‘stage-3 mobilization plan,’ which puts all officers on standby to respond to 911 calls.
‘We used a couple of detectives in one of the precincts that were short on their staffing minimums, but otherwise we haven’t had any issues,’ Huserik said.
Seattle Police Officers Guild President Mike Solan said in October the vaccine mandate could worsen the understaffing.
‘If we lose what appears to be over 300 people because of this mandate, this public safety crisis we’re experiencing will look like child’s play,’ Sloan told CBS58.
As of October 18, just 24 – or two percent – of Seattle Police Department officers had not shown proof of inoculation, a city spokesperson told Dailymail.com.
A crowd of about 200 protestors are pictured an October 18 rally in Seattle
Meantime, some Washington State troopers called it quits over the mandate.
Last month, a veteran trooper who was forced out of the job by the state’s vaccine mandate released a video of his final sign-off and ended it by saying ‘Governor Jay Inslee can kiss my a**.’
The unidentified trooper told how he had served in the department for more than 22 years in Yakima County.
A staff shortage is being coupled by a spike in crime in Seattle, which has become so dangerous that the city can no longer protect its own employees, with security guards now escorting them after they finish work.
Police above are patrolling during a Black Lives Matter protest in summer 2020
King County’s new ‘walking bus’ will debut on November 15, and see council workers based in Downtown Seattle and nearby Pioneer Square escorted to a nearby train station and ferry terminal each evening before being left to continue their commute home.
Crime in the Pacific Northwest city has seen a recent 35 per cent spike in shootings this year compared to last, and a 76 per cent increase compared to 2019.
So far in 2021, 73 people have been killed and another 283 have been injured by shootings in the city.