08/17/2010

Fire kills 2 Wash. troopers, dispatch manager

House fire was the largest single-event loss of life in the 89-year history of the Wash. State Patrol

By Sara Jean Green and Jennifer Sullivan
Seattle Times

ZILLAH, Wash. — As a former dispatcher and head of the State Patrol's emergency-dispatch center in Wenatchee, Anne Miller-Hewitt knew how to handle 911 calls.

The 54-year-old called 911 early Monday to report a fire at the Zillah home she shared with her husband, Patrol Trooper Gary Miller, and rookie Trooper Kristopher Sperry, who was staying with the couple.

After giving her address to the dispatcher, Miller-Hewitt was told to get out of the house immediately. She told the dispatcher she would.

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