Bridgeport, Conn. (WTNH) - A Bridgeport mother who lost her son on New Year's day says if paramedics had arrived sooner her son would still be alive.
Gloristine Thomas stayed with her son for about 25 minutes after he was shot early Sunday morning. She says that's how long it took first responders to arrive from the time they called 911, and she says she believes if they had arrived sooner her son would still be alive.
"I want to choke them," said Thomas, "excuse the expression. It doesn't make sense. It's just unbelievable."
Her son, 26-year-old Greg Thomas, was shot right outside her house. She heard him yell out for her and she ran downstairs to find him bleeding and unconscious, but she says he was still breathing. She had her daughter call 911 and that's when she says the long wait began.
"I know at least 20 minutes or more," Thomas said. "It could have been more time, but I know it was 20 minutes or more...From when I first told her to call, they hung up on her, she tried to call back and she was disconnected."
Thomas says she called 911 again and was put on hold before finally talking to an operator.
The ambulance eventually arrived, but by the time she got to the hospital, her son had died. She says the delayed response has cost other lives in the city, not just her son's.
"This happened to a lot of people more than one time and something's got to be done about this," Thomas said. "The mayor, the governor, they need to get something done because innocent people's lives are lost behind the ambulance service."
News 8's calls to the mayor were not returned. News 8 also attempted to get police to release their 911 tapes from that morning, but so far they have not responded to the request.
"This doesn't make sense," Thomas said, "if the ambulance would have come he would have been saved, in my heart, I believe that."
Thomas says she wants things to change so that this doesn't happen to anyone else's child.
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