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July 10, 2013

NY officials examine delayed EMS response to fatal fire


BUFFALO, N.Y. — There is no reason to believe that a faster response from emergency management Tuesday morning would have saved the life of six-month-old Savior Lopez, nor is there any reason to suggest that Rural/Metro's response should be considered "slow" by any means.

However, in light of the 2 On Your Side investigation into Rural/Metro's response times last year, the overnight fatality provides an opportunity to examine response times in a situation of distress.

According to dispatch recordings, authorities first mention a fire on Riverside Avenue at approximately 2:43 a.m. During the next 15 minutes, crews on the scene work to extinguish the fire while simultaneously attempting to revive Lopez. At 2:45, a voice claims that there's a baby down the street who is not breathing. At 2:52, there is a call to flag down an ambulance on Ontario Street.

Full story: Examining EMS Response to Fatal Fire