6 Firefighters On Leave After Man Mistakenly Declared Dead In Nashville, TN

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“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 “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 that 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.

Dr. Corey Slovis and Nashville Fire Chief Rick White said this was a huge mistake.

“I’m very disturbed. If someone has signs of life, it’s not up to us decide if they go or not,” Chief White said.

“We in the Nashville Fire Bureau will do everything we can without a doubt to make sure something like this does not happen again,” Dr. Slovis said. Full Story Continued>>>

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