Mom May Use Lawsuit To Bring Change After Son's Death
by Chris Cannon
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - A Robertson County mother is angry and wants her son's death to be the catalyst for change. Lori Gregory feels a delay in emergency response cost her son J.R. his life.
J.R. Gregory died in a head-on wreck on Springfield Highway last May. There was an ambulance waiting a mile and a half away in Robertson County. But the wreck happened in Davidson County and Nashville Fire ambulances responded.
"Ridgetop was ready to go, is our understanding, and could have been there in a mere matter of minutes," according to Gregory's attorney Fletcher Long.
Attorneys claimed Nashville had to send ambulances from Goodettsville and East Nashville to the scene on the Robertson County border.
Gregory is now fighting for automatic mutual aid and is planning on filing a lawsuit against the Nashville Fire Department.
"We would like to see procedures change for one thing to try and make sure this doesn't happen to anyone else in the future," said attorney Carrie Gasaway.
"It just needs to be changed to permit automatic response, as opposed to you may respond if we call you," Long added.
Gregory will to take her fight for change to the steps of the Tennessee capitol. She is planning a rally on September 22. Gregory wants members of the House and Aenate committees on government operation and procedures to take up this issue.
Gasaway and Long also plan on asking for a monetary judgement when they file Gregory's lawsuit in the coming weeks.