Olney woman, Rockville man both die during countywide 911 outage
Two Montgomery County residents died during the two-hour outage of the County’s 911 system late night Sunday into early Monday, leading to a call for an investigation into what happened and how future outages can be prevented.
The deaths included a 91-year-old Olney woman and a 40-year-old Rockville man Marlon Somarriba. Fire and Rescue units responded to medical emergency calls for both of them during the outage, according to County Executive spokesperson Patrick Lacefield.
“You get into this field to prevent loss of life,” said Dr. Earl Stoddard, the director of the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. “So obviously in public safety, the life and safety of our residents is of primary concern and so when we see any fatalities that involve the 911 system, that is sort of our worst fear in public safety.”