Dispatcher David Lovrak was reprimanded because 22 minutes elapsed before help arrived. Logs have shown that nearly eight minutes went by before deputies were sent.
SALT LAKE CITY — A news report says a Washington state dispatcher who took a 911 call from a social worker just before Josh Powell killed his children and himself has been reprimanded.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports http://bit.ly/InqphM that dispatcher David Lovrak was reprimanded because 22 minutes elapsed before help arrived. Logs have shown that nearly eight minutes went by before deputies were sent.
Powell was a person of interest in his wife’s 2009 Utah disappearance and had lost custody of his two sons. On Feb. 5, he grabbed them during a visit near Puyallup, Wash., slammed the door on the social worker, and killed them and himself by setting the house on fire.
The letter says Lovrak asked seemingly unimportant questions and failed to grasp the situation
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It says he violated four policies, but the report did not elaborate.
The paper says the written reprimand — obtained via a public records request — will be placed in Lovrak’s personnel file.