Boy, 6, dies after dispatcher sends paramedics to wrong address
Dispatcher hit 'Brooklyn' on computer instead of 'Manhattan'
By Tim Minton and Grace West
NBC New York
NEW YORK — A six-year-old boy died yesterday after a ghastly 911 address mix-up.
Mariela Lazaro called 911 when her son, Ian Uro, became desperately short of breath. The call was received at 9:03 a.m., and in response, firefighters and paramedics rushed to the given address, 277 Avenue C — but were sent to Avenue C in Brooklyn instead of Manhattan.
The NYPD told the New York Post that the call was from a hysterical woman who did not specify the borough when giving her address, and was too distraught to respond to the dispatchers questions of the cross streets.