Donna Reneau Bio
Donna Reneau is a former emergency dispatcher from Fort Smith, Arkansas. She berated terrified caller Debra Stevens after she was swept away in her car by a flash flood. Stevens, 47, drowned as she begged Reneau to send someone to rescue her.
— Susan Morris Ⓥ (@SLMH93) August 30, 2019
Donna Reneau Career
Reneau, a certified dispatch trainer for new employees, put in her two weeks’ notice before this, and the call came on her last day and final shift. She was named Fire Dispatcher of the Year in February.
This is the 911 dispatcher, Donna Reneau, who will always be known for being a disgusting person during a moment that she was needed the most! I feel so bad that Debra had to go through added stress and neglect during her last minutes. #KARMA #DEBRASTEVENS-RIP pic.twitter.com/CxXq9HYGZM
— Mercedes (ladydj) (@Mercedes_ladydj) August 31, 2019
Donna Reneau “This will teach you”
The 911 dispatcher, Donna Reneau, told Stevens, “This will teach you. Next time, don’t drive in the water. How you didn’t see it — you had to go right over it.”
— mallow (@mallomellomallo) August 31, 2019
Death Threat to Police
Aric Mitchell with the Fort Smith Police Department said the department received death threats across all platforms, including written messages and phone calls.
“There isn’t anything that would rise to a threat level of concern, as most appear to be from out-of-state and include no specificity,” Mitchell said.
The 911 audio recordings and body camera footage from Fort Smith police officers during their efforts to try and save Debra Stevens from flash flooding were released — .those of Stevens’ last dying moments.
Danny Baker should be fired. He’s just as cold blooded as the dispacher Donna Reneau. Baker said the dispatcher “did nothing criminally wrong,” nor did she violate policy – so she would not have been terminated had she not already resigned.” @AsaHutchinson you should do something https://t.co/otqONaUxgO
— Steve Castro (@PoetryEngineer) August 31, 2019
Fort Smith Police Statements
Fort Smith Interim Police Chief Danny Baker released the following statement about the events:
“I am heartbroken for this tragic loss of life, and my prayers are with Debra’s family and friends. All of our first responders who attempted to save Mrs. Stevens are distraught over the outcome. For every one of us, saving lives is at the very core of who we are and why we do what we do. When we are unsuccessful, it hurts.”
Donna Reneau needs to be punished! What a horrible human being! RT @DailyMail: Horrifying audio reveals 911 dispatcher lecturing distraught woman for accidentally driving into flood waters moments before she DROWNED https://t.co/JdnE1HpEDf
— ACL27 (@acl27) August 30, 2019