In Holladay's initial post on her blog site, she asserted that Tolbert collapsed shortly after he arrived in the newroom about 6:00 p.m., and that a 911 call was not placed until 6:25 p.m. After commenters raised questions about the time he collapsed, she modified her original timeline to specify the time of his collapse as 6:10 p.m. Someone in the newsroom insisted to me after Holladay's first post appeared that she was way off on her timeline.
After the Star's Executive Editor Dennis Ryerson took Holladay to task about her assertion that reporters and editors could not dial out on 911, she once again modified her original account. A Star official told Editor & Publisher that "[a]ny Star employee can call 911 from Star phones. In fact, employees and our security staff used Star phones to make calls that night." Holladay later reported: "Reporters and editors were frantically trying to dial 911, but they didn't know they had to get an outside line first. That's why some had to resort to cell phones."
Recently Holladay posted another update, along with the transcript of the 911 call. She notes that the Metropolitan Emergency Communications Agency (MECA) logged the 911 call at 6:18:21, or about 7 minutes earlier than she originally reported. But she's still asking, "What happened in those eight minutes or so?" How certain is she that it in fact was 8 minutes? How can she say with certainty that it was 6:10 when Tolbert collapsed, particularly when at least one other person in the newsroom that night tells AI that the time from when Tolbert collapsed to the time the 911 call was placed was a very short period of time.
On the emergency worker's response time Holladay reports:
The firefighers were dispatched from Firehouse No. 7, just blocks away on Mass Ave. They arrived -- in front -- at 6:21:06. They were in the building by 6:22:13 and they left at 6:36:12 for Wishard. He was pronounced dead at 6:56 p.m. at the hospital.
Holladay complains that a firefighter told her that they had difficulty locating an entrance door that was not locked, although the timeline she gives shows it took only about a minute after their arrival to get into the building, and they left with Tolbert for the hospital 14 minutes later. A firefighter confirmed that the first freight elevator they attempted to use was blocked.
The transcript Holladay posts on her side has the 911 operator walking the caller through the steps to assist Tolbert until the emergency workers arrived. The caller suggested Tolbert might be suffering from a food-related allergy. Upon being told that he was breathing, but with difficulty, the 911 operator tells the caller:
Roll him over to his left side and I want you to keep him there and have someone stay with him. Just monitor his breathing until we get there, OK?"""Monitor his breathing until they get here, OK?""OK.""And we have someone on the way."
According to the timeline, emergency workers did not take Tolbert to the hospital until 14 minutes after they arrived. It is not clear at all why Holladay lays the blame on the Star for the amount of time it took emergency workers to take him to the hospital. It's also not clear that her legitimate complaint that the Star didn't have a defribilator would have made any difference in Tolbert's case. Epinephrine is what is typically administed to counter a food allergy reaction. I don't know that a defibrilator would have even made a difference in Tolbert's instance. No word on what the coroner concluded was his cause of death.