- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

July 27—Audio of the 911 call


“I’m not going to deal with this.”

That’s what an Albuquerque Fire Department dispatcher told a frantic female caller in June who was trying to keep a 17-year-old Manzano High School athlete alive after what turned out to be a fatal shooting.

Then he ended the call.

The exchange was captured on an audio recording that was released by the fire department on Monday.

The dispatcher, Matthew Sanchez, was removed from his position at the dispatch center and reassigned after officials became aware of the details of the call, according to fire department officials.

“An internal investigation has been initiated,” Albuquerque Fire Chief David Downey said in a news release. “As the chief of the department, I am taking the allegation very seriously.”

Jaydon Chavez-Silver was shot and killed on June 23 as he watched other teens play cards at a gathering at friend’s house in Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights. Police have not named a suspect and have made no arrests in the case.

The fire department on Monday released a portion of the breathless emergency call made by a friend as Chavez-Silver lay dying inside the house.

During the call, a clearly distraught female tells Sanchez, “I am keeping him alive!”

Sanchez asks her, “Is he not breathing?”

The caller responds, “Barely!”

She is then heard frantically encouraging Chavez-Silver to keep breathing.

“One more breath! One more breath! There you go Jaydon. One more breath! There you go Jaydon. Good job! Just stay with me, OK? OK? There you go, good job Jaydon!” she tells Chavez-Silver.

The dispatcher then asked again, “Is he breathing?”

The female responded, “He is barely breathing, how many times do I have to (expletive) tell you?”

“OK, you know what ma’am? You can deal with yourself. I am not going to deal with this, OK?” Sanchez said.

Sanchez appeared to hang up as the caller was mid-sentence.

“No, my friend is dying …,” she said. Then the call ends.


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