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911 calls offer insight into fatal bee sting incident in Alpine

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Michael Hendricks with wife Katelyn and baby Avigale Michael Hendricks with wife Katelyn and baby Avigale

Bee Sting 911 Audio:  http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/kfmb/misc/beesting.mp3

ALPINE, Calif. (CBS 8) -- The 911 calls for help from a fatal bee sting incident in Alpine have been released for the first time to News 8.

El Cajon youth pastor Michael Hendricks, 26, died as a result of the bee sting incident. The audio recordings offer insight on the rules to follow when calling 911 during an emergency.

Dan Wasson and his son-in-law, Hendricks, were removing the bee hive on April 11 from underneath a roof of an Alpine shop.

"We looked in there and the thing was huge, I mean gigantic," said Wasson. "The thing was so big that we had a shovel, sticking a shovel back in there. We had buckets and buckets of comb and honey."

Relocating bee hives was something Wasson and Hendricks did for fun, but they always came prepared.

"Boots, long sleeve shirts with gloves, and then you have a veil with a hat," Wasson recalled.

Both men had been stung dozens of times in the past but this time was different.

A single bee sting to the head soon had Hendricks down on the ground from an apparent allergic reaction. Hendricks' neck was swelling up and he was having trouble breathing.

"There wasn't anybody around because it was Sunday afternoon," said Wasson. "So I just stopped. I just jumped out in the middle of a car and stopped them and told them to call 911."

One of the first callers was unsure about the nature of the emergency.

911 Rule #1: Know which agency you need.

Instead of paramedics, the caller was transferred to San Diego Sheriff's Department dispatchers where she was put on hold for close to a minute and a half.

"People get put on hold because there are other phones ringing and the dispatchers are tied up with other calls," said Chip Yarborough, director of Heartland Communications dispatch facility in El Cajon.

911 Rule #2: Only call during an emergency.

"People call to find out if their electricity is out, or why their electricity is out, what time it is, or to get the weather conditions," Yarborough said.

911 Rule #3: Know your location.

911 Rule #4: Try to call from a landline instead of a cell phone.

"If you're calling from a landline, it will plot on the (dispatch) map where you landline is," said Yarborough.

During the bee sting incident in Alpine, by the time paramedics started rolling it had been three and a half minutes since the first 911 call.

Dispatchers instructed Wasson over the telephone how to do CPR on his son-in-law, who was unconscious and not breathing.

911 Rule #5: Follow the dispatcher's directions.

Dispatch logs show the Alpine paramedic response time was 3 minutes, 41 seconds. Because of various 911 call delays, it was a total of 7 minutes from the time the first call came into CHP dispatchers until paramedics arrived.

"It seemed like a whole day went by. It was awful," Wasson recalled.

Wasson said he's thankful for the efforts of the paramedics. And even though his son-in-law passed away, Wasson said Michael Hendricks would be grateful too.

"He was just the greatest guy ever," Wasson said. "I've known him since he was 16 and he just never talked bad about anybody ever."

Hendricks was a youth pastor at East Valley Christian Fellowship in El Cajon. He is survived by his wife Katelyn and his infant daughter Avigale.

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