- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A lawyer representing a northeastern Pennsylvania county is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit over a woman’s death in a fire last year.

The (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens’ Voice (https://bit.ly/1Hh59eH ) reports that the suit naming Luzerne County was filed after the May 15 death of 52-year-old Michelle Dzoch in Mocanaqua.

Attorney Bill Anzalone said firefighters were initially sent to the wrong address and argued that a dispatcher overlooked “red flags” that should have prompted a faster correction.

He said the victim was disabled and relied on 911 to protect her, and officials displayed “willful disregard” of her safety.

County attorney David Heisler argued that residents don’t have a constitutional right to emergency services. He said the danger in the case was the fire and “the state didn’t create that.”

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Information from: The Citizens’ Voice, https://www.citizensvoice.com

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