JACKSON, Miss. —
Helen Harrion’s family is looking for help from lawmakers at the state capitol. They want to make sure that no other family experiences their pain and heartbreak after losing a loved because of what they said was 911 negligence.
“And I don’t want anything else happening like what happened to my mom,” said Monica Harrion, daughter of Helen Harrion.
Monica Harrion said that she is constantly reliving the nightmare of the day that her mother, Helen Harrion, died seven years ago.
She has blamed a 911 operator for hanging up the phone on the 67-year-old west Jackson woman when she called to report a prowler outside her home in July 2014.
“It was from 2014 and up to now they’re doing the same thing hanging up and not staying on the phone with you I just can’t believe it,” Monica said.
They believe the operator should have stayed on the phone until police arrived. Officers later found Harrion dead outside of her home.
Harrion’s neighbor Alonzo Stewart was charged with capital murder and burglary.
“He threw out of the window the same window that he’s broke into and broke her neck,” said Monica. “She lost her life because law enforcement didn’t do their job properly.”
State Sen. Hillman Frazier drafted a bill called Helen’s law after her family reached out to him to help change the system.
“This bill will simply require them to have training in 911 responses and come up with written policies and if they don’t follow their policies the state and federal funding could be withheld from them,” said Senator Frazier.
“My family we wanted to do something to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” Harrion said.
Senator Frazier said that he will be consulting with Harrion’s family. He could introduce his bill as early as the net legislative session.
A jury awarded Harrion’s family $1 million in a civil lawsuit against the city in 2019.
Steward has yet to stand in the case because of questions about whether he is mentally competent.