Mayor Warren: "Adult failures led to a young man's death"

March 14, 2018 06:17 AM

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said that "adult failures led to a young man's death in our community" in response to the investigation into the disappearance and death of Trevyan Rowe.

Rowe wandered away from school on Thursday morning after getting off of his school bus. His body was found in the Genesee River on Sunday.

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Warren said that 911 dispatchers failed to follow protocol, which is to dispatch fire rescue and a scuba team after reports that Rowe had been seen near the river.

Acting 911 Director Stephen Cusenz said that multiple calls were made to report the sighting, but dispatchers did not update a log of the event. He added that a New York State Trooper responded to a sighting of Rowe near the Frederick Douglass Susan B. Anthony Bridge. When the trooper did not see Rowe, Cusenz said that dispatchers asked if firefighters should be dispatched. Cusenz said that the trooper called for a fire response, but firefighters were never dispatched to the river. 

As a result of an investigation by the Rochester Police Department, six 911 employees have already been placed on administrative leave from their positions, pending the outcome of a full investigation. Cusenz said that further disciplinary action could follow. 

"Last night I promised Trevyan's family and this community that I would do all in my power to get them answers into what transpired on that fateful morning when Trevyan drowned in the Genesee River," said Warren.  "That promise and that investigation began within City government and we are extremely disappointed that established protocols were not followed at our 911 Center.  This failure is unacceptable and we have already begun the process to correct these shortcomings to ensure a similar breach of protocol never occurs again as well as to initiate disciplinary action against those at fault."


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