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Audio: Dispatch Audio Released in Beardstown Fatal Fire Where Family and Mayor are Critical of Response…For Good Reason!

This fire occurred on April 15, 2012. The tapes were released a year later. This entire situation is unfortunate. I don’t believe that the issue is whether or not the victims could have been saved, I think the issue is taking our jobs seriously. What the hell is going on here?

This is Beardstown in Cass County, Illinois.

The 13 minute mark really paints a perfect picture of what we are dealing with here. What the Hell? The 18 minute mark is pretty bad as well.

khqatv7 has posted the Beardstown 911 dispatch audio from a fatal fire.

Video/Audio info: Recently released 9-1-1 audio tapes revealed a delay in response time to the Beardstown fire that killed Bud and Jenny Krohe. Shortly after a review of those tapes, Fire Chief Darin Paul changed department protocol.

CASS COUNTY, ILL. — A Beardstown man is stunned after reading transcripts of 911 workers’ and emergency officials’ response to a fire that killed his brother and niece.

Marvin Krohe says he had no idea why it took firefighters at least 25 minutes to get to his brother’s mobile home fire last year.

“It was really shocking when I got the news originally you know for the fire,” he said. “Then I read this. It’s awful.”

Bud and his daughter Janette Krohe died in the April 15, 2012 blaze. The state fire marshal said that the fire was not caused by arson. An autopsy later revealed that the father and daughter died of smoke inhalation.

Here was the scene of the April 15, 2012 fire at 5061 N. Hagener Rd. in Beardstown. / KHQA reporter Kristen Aguirre

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  • Joe

    Wow, they spend enough time casually talking about the damn call before dispatching it. What’s the difference if they got there quick or not, if it was already burned to the ground on dispatch?

  • J dub been there

    Looks like mistakes on a lot of sides… I’ve been that dispatcher…. But it didn’t matter how many times I got a call the FD, PD, or EMS went and went and went till either someone went to jail, went to the hospital or the situation was resolved. Now sounds like the people that died was by their own mistakes!! I wasn’t there so this is my assumption. Everyone knew who’s house this was and obviously has had history with this person… ALSO there was a mention of burning in windy conditions. I don’t even want to comment on that!!!

  • At a loss for words

    Ridicules! Travesty,

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  • DRE

    completely distasteful all the way around!

  • art

    is this hooterville. what kind of radio language are they using. what a bunch of assholes. someone really needs to take a hard look at these guys.

  • david

    how many calls does it take for them to believe there is an emergency , good grief . when peoples life is at stake regardless how many phone calls go go go. what if their had been a baby in that house would it have made a diff. or would they still be talking about the guys wedding pic’s. fire the guy because he has no heart, get someone in their who gives a dam.

  • eric brady

    every body involved the dispatcher the chief and officers all involved belong getting criminal charges against them for failure to provide proper fire protection and the chief and the officers should all have to step down bc its ovious they can not run a department effectively and also the ff that was doing 85mph which became a life safety to everyone else on the road should loose his blue light and license

  • Jeff Wilson

    What a bunch of hillbillies!

  • Jeff Wilson

    As a former dispatcher, current volunteer firefighter and full time police officer, all these guys should be fired and kicked out of their departments. What a bad example of what public service is supposed to be! I cannot believe in 2013 in this country this is the kind of public service that goes on. I hope the initial dispatcher that took the call reads this, because I want to say something from one dispatcher to another…you are a complete asshole! Just because you may know the guys property or his name from previous calls or whatever you should of sent the fire department anyways to error on the side of caution. I hope you never need emergency services yourself someday and if you do hopefully they are much more professional than you could ever be!