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Listen to raw audio of the 911 call and the Gwinnett County Firefighters radio recordings from the day Suwanee man Lauren Brown took 5 firefighters hostage.


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911 Call and GCFD Radio Recordings

Listen to raw audio of the 911 call and the Gwinnett County Firefighters radio recordings from the day Suwanee man Lauren Brown took 5 firefighters hostage.

Listen to raw audio of the 911 call and the Gwinnett County Firefighters radio recordings from the day Suwanee man Lauren Brown took 5 firefighters hostage.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The 911 call placed by Lauren Holman Brown last Wednesday afternoon, the one that summoned five Gwinnett firefighters to his Suwanee home, is an eerily dull one.

Brown, after calmly telling the female dispatcher his address and phone number, responded to her inquiries primarily in monotone, one-word answers. The call was odd, but nothing that would have foreshadowed the three-plus hour hostage situation that would ensue.

The brief call is as follows, in part.

Dispatcher: What is your emergency?

Brown: Chest pain.

Dispatcher: OK, one moment ... Are you the one having chest pain?

Brown: Yes.

Dispatcher: One moment ... How old are you?

Brown: 55.

Dispatcher: Is your breathing normal for you?

Brown: No.

Dispatcher: Do you have difficulty speaking between breaths?

Brown: Yes.

Dispatcher: Alright, I'm sending the paramedics to help you, just stay on the line and I'll tell you what to do next, OK? Are you clammy or having cold sweats?

Brown: Yes.

Dispatcher: Have you ever had a heart attack or angina?

Brown: No.

Brown then told the dispatcher that his front door was already unlocked, and that he suffered from fibromyalgia and arthritis. Prompted by the emergency operator to call 911 again if he felt any worse before personnel arrived, Brown's voice got higher, almost relieved.

"Alright," he said, hanging up.

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