Sharing Denise's Story

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Sharing Denise's Story

I stole this from Denise's myspace I'm sure Nathan won't mind.. I know he wants to get the story passed on as much as we can. I don't care what that sheriff said 911 failed Denise. My brother in law, her father is a dectective for that very agency for over 25 years now. They knew an hour after she was kidnapped and they had several agencies looking for Denise. You kidnap a cops kid in a tiny little town and see what happens.. I think in all they had 7 agencies looking for her for 2 days. The first night I think it was at least 3. Even Denise herself called 911 with her kidnappers cell he had no idea at first. But out of the 4 911 calls. The big one was number 4. That was when Jane saw Denise in her kidnappers car and called 911 and the errors happened. What just gets me about that call is not only did it cost Denise her last hope, but the area was swarming with cops where she was. In fact one of the cops even said on the night of the kidnapping that they most likely passed him. He was sitting on that road when Jane said the car turned on that road and the direction it went. If they had just dispached it to the cars. He was caught only an hour or two after that 911 call and he had already dug a shallow grave and shot her and they caught him. The Dateline story was called The Detective's Daughter

Denise Amber Lee
a 21-year-old married mother of two young sons, Noah and Adam. On January 17, 2008, Denise was kidnapped from her North Port, Florida home, raped, and murdered by a local man, Michael King. On the night of her abduction, there were at least four calls placed to 911, one made by Denise herself. A woman, Jane Kowalski, who saw Denise struggling in the backseat of her abductor's car, also called 911. She was able to give exact information as to the whereabouts of Michael King's car. This call was routed through to the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office (Denise's abduction took place in neighboring Sarasota County). Through a series of errors on the part of the dispatchers at the CCSO office, no one was ever dispatched to check on this call. Because they did not send anyone out to check on the call, Denise lost her last chance at being saved.

Our mission now is to change the way that 911 calls are handled. Currently, most states have no kind of standards set for the training of 911 dispatchers. Although Florida is making an effort (a bill for 911 reform was recently passed in Denise's name), it is still considered a voluntary measure to participate in the training standards. We would like to see proper training become mandatory, not voluntary. We'd like to learn from the mistakes made, move forward and fix the inadequacies. 911 is here to save lives, and when it doesn't because of confusion and procedural breakdowns, that is unacceptable. We need to restore confidence in the 911 system. That is the most important thing. 911 operators and dispatchers should be praised for doing their job correctly, not everyone can handle the high stress conditions of the job. God bless all the 911 operators out there who care and are working so hard to do their job and keep us all safe. May God give them the strength and guidance needed to do their job to the best of their ability.

Let's unite and make our country a safer place by improving our 911 system.

Please join us in our fight.