Mashpee Installs Street Sign After Delayed EMT Response In Woman’s Death

By Beth Germano, WBZ-TV

MASHPEE (CBS) – It’s a small sign of relief for a Mashpee man who lost his fiancee in a horrible choking accident.

The town installed a street sign at the end of Brent McFarland’s rural road, officially naming it Carter Lane.

“It gives me a little peace of mind, just a little,” said McFarland.

The sign wasn’t there back on Sept. 4, which he believes delayed the response when EMT’s tried to make their way to his home as his fiancee Kate Gill was choking to death.

WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano reports.

“I need an ambulance, my girlfriend’s choking,” he can be heard screaming on the 9-1-1 call.

Until today, the house couldn’t be found on the town maps or the direction books used by rescue crews. That night, McFarland could be heard on the call desperately trying to direct them.

“Minutes went by. They were looking in the wrong area, looking for a road that didn’t exist,” he said.

The town has long-considered McFarland’s street a private way, but town manager Joyce Mason says it’s now officially documented.

“It’s clearly marked now and all the records reflect the new name and we’re moving forward,” she said.

But McFarland has laid some of the blame for his fiancee’s death at the feet of the town, and a 9-1-1 dispatcher he says did little to help him in his panic.

The dispatcher has since resigned while the entire incident remains under investigation. Because the town still considers the road a private way, it plans to bill McFarland for the sign, which he plans to dispute.

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One Comment

  1. Cynic says:

    GPS in the Ambulances wouldn’t hurt either.

  2. blackbear1 says:

    As a 911 dispatcher, I still question who the first responder is. The town Police are out on the road and usually arrive first. I question the governance of the town and wonder why the Sheriffs Dept. is responding. Is this a Regional Dispatche Center? Touchy issue in Essex County!! The sign and mapping situation is inexcusable. Pay for the sign!! Don’t charge him!! Come on Man.

    1. John says:

      The Barnstable Sheriff’s Department runs the regional dispatch center and dispatches for most of the smaller towns on the Cape.

  3. Bill says:

    Bill him for the sign? Are they crazy?

  4. Ignatz says:

    They’re going to charge him for the sign?? It looks like Mashpee is still working hard to maintain its image as Cape Cod’s Dumbville…

  5. Vicky says:

    That’s right – kick the man when he’s down! I’m disgusted that they would consider charging him for the sign. I live in an area that for some reason as soon as signs get put up they get knocked down and stolen! How many signs can someone want w/ the same road names! and GPS doesn’t always work either – if you plug in my address it brings you up the street to the next house. Sad story made sadder by the stupidity of the town!

  6. Cynic says:

    What the address of the Town Hall……..I’ll pay for the Farkin sign.

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