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[Full Transcript] Beta Theta Pi 911 Call Recording Released

The Associated Press released the 911 call online today from Beta Theta Pi brother Ryan McCann. McCann called 911 at 10:48 a.m. on February 3, nearly 12 hours after Penn State student Tim Piazza initially fell down the stairs at the fraternity house.

The grand jury presentment unveiled Friday that Piazza fell multiple times throughout the bid acceptance night as fraternity brothers refused to call emergency services. Then, they covered it up, even attempting to dress Piazza before calling 911.

During the 911 call, McCann did not reveal details of Piazza’s condition or the previous night, withholding any information about his falls.

Piazza was initially transported to Mt. Nittany Medical Center and then flown to Hershey Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead February 4. Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller filed a total of 1,098 charges Friday against the fraternity itself and 18 former members, including involuntary manslaughter.

Here’s the full transcript of the call:

Dispatcher: 911. What is the address of your emergency?

McCann: Uh, 220 West Burrowes Street.

Dispatcher: You said 229?

McCann: 220. Two. Two. Zero. West Burrowes Street.

Dispatcher: OK, what’s your name?

McCann: Ryan McCann.

Dispatcher: And what’s going on today?

McCann: Ah, we have a friend who’s unconscious, he’s…hasn’t moved…probably going to need an ambulance.

Dispatcher: Ok, how old is he?

McCann: He is 19?…19 years old.

Dispatcher: And was he breathing?

McCann: He is breathing.

Dispatcher: Was there any alcohol or anything involved, do you know?

McCann: Yes, there is.

Dispatcher: Alright, we’ll get somebody over there, OK? If anything changes, call back and let us know.

McCann: Thank you very much. Buh-bye.

Dispatcher: You’re welcome. Buh-bye.

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