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WMC-TV 5 V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith

MY TURN: Mayberry 911

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WMC-TV 5 V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith WMC-TV 5 V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith

Lorenzen Wright's bungled 911 call should be a huge wake-up call for all citizens of Shelby County.

I've read the statements of the dispatchers who were on duty the night Lorenzen Wright made his last phone call. They are frightening. Wright's phone worked just as it should have. It gave dispatchers his phone number and the latitude and longitude of his location. But that location was not in the Germantown City limits, which is apparently the equivalent of this crime occurring on the planet Mars.

So to Germantown residents, if you're in the process of becoming a crime victim, be sure to ask the criminals not to transport you across that city limits line. In fact, Wright's body was found less than a mile outside of the Germantown city limits, and it was found very quickly after police were able to get the 911 call information.

This obviously speaks to the need to have a more tightly coordinated county-wide 911 call system. City limit signs are irrelevant to criminals and serious accidents can occur just inside or outside of any boundary.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment or anything else, email yourturn@wmctv.com or call 800-465-1210.

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