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Posted: July 29, 2015

911 operator hangs up on CPR giver as teenager dies

Victim had just arrived when shooting started

Matthew Sanchez resigned afer hanging up on caller
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Matthew Sanchez resigned afer hanging up on caller

By Rick Couri

KRMG - Tulsa

ALBUQUERQUE, NM —

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Shots rang out at a party in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and when the shooting was over, one party-goer laid on the the ground fighting for his life.  

A woman jumped to Jaydon Chavez-Silver's aid, performing CPR as she called 911.

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The call was taken by Driver Matthew Sanchez, who quickly became agitated with the caller. KRQE reports the transcript of the call, read it below.

911 caller: “I’m doing CPR as we speak. I’m keeping him alive.”

Dispatcher Sanchez: “Okay, is he not breathing?”

911 caller: “Barely” (inaudible) “Stay with him” (inaudible) “Stay with him, good job. Just stay with me, okay, okay. There you go. Good job Jaydon.”

Sanchez: “Is he breathing?”

911 caller: “He’s barely breathing. How many times do I have to (explicative) tell you?”

Sanchez: “Ok, you know what ma’am, you could deal with it yourself. I’m not gonna deal with this, okay?”

911 caller: “No” (inaudible).

That’s when Sanchez hung up. Moments later, Chavez-Silver died.

Albuquerque Fire Chief David Downey commented on the incident in a release.

“After learning of the alleged misconduct, Driver Matthew Sanchez was immediately removed from the dispatch center and placed on administrative assignment. An internal investigation has been initiated. As the Chief of the department, I am taking the allegation very seriously.”

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