False 911 Call

By: Vanessa Nguyen Email
By: Vanessa Nguyen Email

Jackson County, FL -

A 911 call on Wednesday morning, September 29 set-off a chain of events that had Jackson County first responders scrambling.

"911, do you have an emergency?"

"Yes, yes ma'am, I'm at a wreck up here on Highway 71 North just inside Jackson County, it looks like a head-on collision, a bunch of people injured and they're going to need everybody out here, the cops..."

"Ok, stay, stay, stay with me, stay with me..."

The 40-second call prompted the dispatch of two ambulances, fire trucks and a helicopter to the area, but when they arrived, there was no crash.

Investigators say paramedic Wade Welle, 40, made the false call.

"I take it very serious."

Welle's alleged actions disappointed Jackson County Sheriff Lou Roberts, who says first responders are held to a higher standard.

"It could've been your family member that didn't have an ambulance nearby simply because the ambulance was tied up on something that never existed as far as the call goes."

Jackson County Fire Rescue Chief Tony Wesley would only say Welle has been suspended pending the investigation.

Welle, who lives in Baker, was an EMS shift commander in Okaloosa County from 1993 to 2007. County personnel records show he was dismissed after calling in fraudulent tramadol prescriptions for himself and his wife between January 2006 and August 2007. The records also say Welle was taking 12-24 of the painkillers each day as 'a pick me up.'

"Hopefully, he will learn his lesson from this."

Welle is facing a felony charge of misusing of the 911 system.

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  • by Boone on Oct 12, 2010 at 03:01 PM
    12-24 tramadol a day? How could he even be conscious?
  • by Anonymous on Oct 12, 2010 at 01:56 PM
    He may have bonded out of jail. They need every available jail cell to house those with misdemeanor drug charges. Besides, he already learned his lesson.
  • by TallyTrashTalks2 Location: Tallahassee on Oct 12, 2010 at 10:27 AM
    If people in the EMS field are not currently given a psychological exam before hire, they need to start now. These positions are extremely high level of responsibility and not the place to have a druggie or prank caller idiot! He should never have been hired to begin with, due to the reasons he was fired from his previous job.
  • by EMT Location: Tallahassee on Oct 12, 2010 at 09:47 AM
    He should be required to make restitution to Jackson County for the cost of the responding units. Helicopters are expensive to operate.
  • by Joge Location: Tally on Oct 12, 2010 at 07:45 AM
    Idiot!!!! There is NO reason he's still not in jail!
  • by Mondo on Oct 12, 2010 at 06:06 AM
    Why isn't he still in jail for the calls in for the tramadol? Why isn't he in jail right now with no bond? I don't understand this at all.
  • by Sassy Location: Tallahassee on Oct 12, 2010 at 05:37 AM
    He's NOT IN JAIL for this?????? What is going on???
  • by Betty Location: wakulla on Oct 12, 2010 at 03:43 AM
    this guy is a sicko
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