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Operator who took Widmer's 911 call may have been asleep

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Posted by Trina Edwards - email

LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - There is some potential trouble for the operator who took Ryan Widmer's 911 call.

Widmer called 911 after finding his wife, Sarah, unresponsive in the bathtub last August. He was convicted of her murder in April, but given a new trial because of juror misconduct.

A new report released this week by the Warren County Emergency Services Operations suggests operator Ron Kronenberger was in a sound sleep when Widmer called 911.

The ESO manager spoke with several employees, and many said that Kronenberger would often fall asleep at work. Kronenberger admitted that he sometimes "dozed" on the job.

"Asked if he was allowed to sleep, he said by policy - no. On the shift - yes," the report reads.

The report also says that Kronenberger did poorly on the call because he did not give Widmer instructions on how to CPR after Widmer said that he only knew a little bit of CPR.

"Even though the outcome of the call would not have been difference, ECO Kronenberger sounded as if he came out of a sound sleep and tried to handle a very serious-natured incident," the report reads. "It seemed as though he was having a hard time comprehending what the caller was saying and kept repeating himself. There were long moments of silence and lengthy pauses where even the caller had to confirm that Ron was still on the line. When the caller admitted that he really didn't know much CPR, Ron should have offered him instructions."

Kronenberger testified during Widmer's first trial, and said he believed that Widmer was unusually calm during the call. The idea that the call was staged was a big argument by prosecutors during the first trial.

Widmer's retrial is scheduled to begin in March of 2010.

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