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911 Tapes Shed Light On Franklin Man Mistakenly Pronounced Dead

Posted January 27, 2005

— Some 911 calls were released Thursday that include the first reporting of the wreck involving a man who was mistaken for dead.

On Monday after the wreck, emergency workers placed Larry Donnell Green in a body bag and took him to the morgue. But about two hours later, the medical examiner found him breathing.

In the calls, Green's mother called 911 to report that her son was hit by a car. She cried when the 911 operator asked if he was breathing.

In another call, an EMS worker reported that the accident, referred to as a 10-50 in police codes, had become a 10-50 F, meaning that it was an accident that had become a fatality.

The last call is from the coroner's office calling to ask the EMS workers to return to pick up Green, saying, "I think he's still alive."

The four paramedics and one volunteer EMT have been suspended with pay until an investigation can determine what went wrong.

Family members say Green moved his feet and hands since being in the hospital. He is listed in critical condition. Investigators with the state office of EMS are expected in Franklin County Thursday to look into what happened.


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