6 responders on leave after man mistakenly declared dead
Fire Chief Rick White put all three firefighters who responded, as well as an EMT, a medic and an EMS district chief on administrative leave
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Six Metro Firefighters were placed on administrative leave following their response to an emergency call early Wednesday morning.
Paramedics pronounced a gunshot victim dead and left the scene, but it turns out the victim was still alive. The 911 call came in just after 3 a.m. A 30-year-old man at a townhome on 735 Tulip Grove Road in Hermitage had shot himself in the head. After Paramedics arrived, paperwork shows they called a Vanderbilt doctor and reported the patient had injuries that were quote, "incompatible with life."
They declared him dead at 3:48 a.m. and left. The physician didn't know as much as he should have when he made that decision," said Corey Slovis, Medical Director for the Metro Nashville Fire Department. It turns out the victim was still breathing, so police at the scene called for another ambulance — two hours after the initial 911 call. The victim was finally transported to the hospital nearly 90 minutes after he was initially declared dead.