Elderly man dies after emergency crews sent to wrong address

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GRIFFITH, Ind. -- A Lake County 911 dispatcher has been suspended after he typed in the wrong address for an emergency call.  The mistake led to a nearly hour delay in getting an 81-year-old man help he needed.  The man later died.

The dispatch center says the call came in close to 8 p.m. Monday night.  The man was complaining of chest pains and trouble breathing.  The dispatcher sent help but to the wrong address.

Instead of going to the 800 block of Lillian, the emergency crews were sent to the 300 block.  The people who live at the home weren’t home and it took nearly an hour to figure out what happened and get to the correct address.

A spokesperson with the Lake County 911 center says he isn’t sure if the 81-year-old died in his apartment or at the hospital later that night.  The spokesperson said  the man clearly said the correct address on the phone call with the dispatcher.

The dispatcher has been placed on paid leave during an investigation.

Earlier this summer a dispatcher was suspended and another fired after an off duty transit police officer for not following proper procedures.  That man also died.

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