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Update…Embellishing The Story For “Effect”…2/25/09 Commissioner Comments…

WHEN IS A “DROWNING”…NOT A “DROWNING”?………..

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From the Vice Mayor’s 2/25/09 Commissioner Comments….

VM- ” Second of all I owe the Mayor an apology.”…he went on to relate a story…of a drowning that occurred and the Mayor unaware came to a VFD group in the throes of debriefing…”very bubbly” …introducing herself…and he (VM) was not responsive…not only because of the drowning…but he had an hour before he read an e-mail…calling the VFD “ambulance chasers”…”

This writer checked with BSO and AMR who both reported no drownings…on February 17th…(the day the e-mail was sent to the Town Manager ( not the VFD) from Comm. Dodd stating the VFD were acting like “ambulance chasers”)…or after to the present time of the following public records request made for the incident report for the “drowning” the VM/Deputy Chief was referring to in his comments…

The BSO Sgt. did inform me of an intoxicated male near the pier that was struggling…and after he came to shore was cited with an “open container” offense….

Mrs. Cole,

Your request will be ready for pick-up tomorrow, March 11th.  The fee is $2.00

Ex. Secretary Louvaris

From: Barbara Cole
Sent: Thursday, March 05, 2009 11:06
To: Cheryl.Louvaris
Subject: RE: LBTS VFD – Requested report ready for pick-up

Dear Sec. Louvaris,
I am making a request of drowning reports for Feb 2009.
The Deuty Chief in his Vice Mayor role stated on 2/25/09 that he had been debriefing the VFD after a drowning, and had just read an e-mail stating the VFD were “ambulance chasers”.
” Second of all I owe the Mayor an apology.”…he went on to relate a story…of a drowning that occurred and the Mayor unaware came to a VFD group in the throes of debriefing…”very bubbly” …introducing herself…and he (VM) was not responsive…not only because of the drowning…but he had an hour before he read an e-mail…calling the VFD “ambulance chasers”…”
The BSO has no record of any drownings, with the last being the Jan. “floating body”.
The e-mail in question was sent to the Town Manager on 2/17/09.
With the great concern over lack of lifeguards and drownings. This assertion of a drowning occurring in Feb. but unknown to the public is disconcerting.
I await your reply for the incident report.
Barbara Cole

Sure enough the Incident Report provided by the VFD was that very incident BSO reported!…

Sat. 2/28/09-16:32:04- Chief Perkins was on scene for approx. 4 minutes….M12 (AMR) was on scene for approx. 3 minutes…at Sta12 -on scene for approx. 1 minute 42 seconds…BE12- on scene for approx. 1 minute 42 seconds…C212 (McIntee)- on scene for approx. 13 SECONDS….

Incident description- Drowning- no transport required- REF by the buoy does not think he can make it back to shore …1st crew bring ATV to BeachChild Inc….

At 1632 hours on Saturday February 28,2009 we were dispatched to a surf rescue. Five units were assigned to this incident. Fourteen personnel responded. We arrived on scene at 1633 hours and cleared at 1638 hours. The incident occurred on Commercial Blvd. at El Mar Dr. L-B-T-S in District 12A. The local station is 12. The general description of the property is beach. The primary task(s) performed at the scene by responding personnel was investigation. No mutual aid/automatic aid was given or received. Call was received as a drowning but after investigating the incident the swimmer just had problems getting back due to exhaustion. Alarm number 1400202 has been assigned to this incident.

BC- So let’s see the VM says he owed the Mayor an apology…she was “bubbly” and did not know he was in the “throes of debriefing” the members after a “drowning” …and  an hour after reading the Dodd e-mail with the “ambulance chasers” inclusion…

EXCEPT…the e-mail was sent to the Town Manager on 2/17/09 …and the Incident report clearly shows this was NOT a drowning and the Deputy Chief was on scene for all of 13 seconds…and the rest were on scene between 1 minute 42 seconds -4 minutes…

It appears the Vice Mayor purposely “embellished” his “story” in his Commissioner Comments to have the “pity” effect for how a negative remark referring to the VFD added to a “drowning ” for his “troops”….and himself….

BUT A “DROWNING” NEVER TOOK PLACE….it was an intoxicated male…who swam back to shore….YIKES!….

Why are we not surprised!….

more to come………

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