continued Because this was the first time someone has called 911 on my behalf, I was hoping to see a brigade arrive and put an end to the horror. I was disappointed. It felt like the response time was too long for the area of the city I reside in and once officers, EMS and fire personnel were on scene, I didn’t see what I would consider a proactive response to the situation at hand.
After sitting down with Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler and Deputy Chief Rebecca Thompson, this is what I learned: The first 911 call was received by the county’s dispatcher at 4:50 p.m. (10 minutes into the fight) and there were three officers available, one of which was the Transport Vehicle, a car that patrols the entire city of Syracuse. The car was dispatched at 4:57 p.m. (17 minutes into the fight) and arrived at 5:02 p.m. (22 minutes into the fight).
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In the end, five officers responded to the scene, along with a fire rescue truck and a Rural Metro bus. “[There] are plenty of times in the city, unfortunately, during the summertime when there’s no officer available,” Fowler told me.
Before taking Rocky for veterinary attention, I asked the officer what would be done about this incident and if there would be a report. He replied, “I don’t know.”
“‘I don’t know’ is probably a poor choice of words for the officer,” Fowler said. Both Thompson and Fowler reassured me that the officer likely meant that, at that very moment, he was uncertain about the details of the situation and hesitant to assume the outcome.