Anyhows, I'll get off my soapbox. I just can't help myself. This stuff drives me crazy! And, no, I'm not going to ignore it and hide from it. I'm going to scream it from the rooftops until we get it right. That may take forever. Technology will continue to evolve, sheriff's will still be "constitutional figures" with egos the size of Montana, budgets will still have to be fought, and the lobbyists and politicians will still be well lobbyists and politicians. Ugh!
Back to Kathy Alger.
Walla Walla Union‐Bulletin Milton‐Freewater (WA)
Sean Alger had been summoned by an employee of a medical transport agency who had twice been unsuccessful in getting Kathy to open her front door at a scheduled pick‐up time. The driver, knowing the disabled woman would have hollered if she could, had already called the Umatilla County’s Sheriff’s Office “I knew going over there, she was probably dead,” Sean said.
Because of the medical situation, her mom had not been providing child care for her grand‐ and great‐grandchildren in early December, Kim said.
Kathy is heard for the last time at one minute and 45 seconds into the call. At three minute and 14 seconds, a dial tone precedes the electronic chords of the keypad as the dispatcher redials the number.
Kathy Alger was more than 4,200 feet from where the cell‐tower information placed her.
Notifying him would have allowed Rowan to trace what steps had been taken, as well. Now, it’s all Monday morning quarterbacking, he added. “This has certainly had an impact on staff. The dispatcher who took the call was distraught over this, devastated.’’