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ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
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July 21, 2005
Albany-- On July 6th at 9:15AM, the 911 center in Albany got a shocking call. Wendal Nason, Jr. needed an ambulance because he had just severed his right foot with a circular saw - intentionally. His conversation with the 911 dispatcher reveals why he did it.
911: Which foot did you cut?
Nason: The right foot. Cut it clean off.
911: Oh, Jesus. How did you do it?
Nason: With a Skil saw.
With an ambulance speeding to rescue Wendal Nason, the 911 dispatcher kept him on the phone.
911: Okay, where's the other part of your foot at? Is it still laying on the floor?
Nason: It's on the floor. It's in the floor. It's in the floor.
911: Okay. Stay on the line with me. Don't hang up. You doing okay?
Nason: Yeah, I'm doin' all right. I ain't gonna pass out."
Wendal Nason had the frightened urgency in his voice that 911 dispatchers are accustomed to.
Nason: All right, it's starting to hurt. It'sstarting to hurt.
911: Okay, just calm down, calm down, stay on the line with me.
But as she talked with Nason to keep him conscious, the dispatcher made a chilling discovery.
911: What were you doing?
Nason:Cuttin' it off.
Nason: Cuttin' it off.
911: No, I'm talking about to the, um, with the Skil saw.
Nason: Cuttin' it off. Cuttin' my leg off.
Nason:Cuttin' my foot off.
911:You meant to do it?
Nason:Yeah. I meant to do it.
Nason: 'Cause I don't want no legs. I took the left one off.
911: You had already cut the left one off?
Nason: Yeah, in 2000.
The dispatcher struggled to comprehend what she had just heard, and reacted like most anyone would.
911: I was thinking you did it by accident, but you meant to do it.
Nason: Yes ma'am I meant to do it.
Nason: I'm sane. I'm not nuts or nothin' like that I just ain't wanted my legs since I was 14 years old and nobody couldn't tell me why. All I know is, I just didn't want 'em. And I said since I did the left one, I'm going to do the other one, so, I did the other one.
When help arrived, Nason shouted to them to kick down the door.
Nason: Break it in. Break the door down. Break the door down.
As Nason was rushed to a hospital, police arrived. For one officer, it was Deja' Vu.
1st Police Officer: We had another one in the exact same place at 205 Pinson Road and I forgot what lot it was- they did it, too, on purpose.
2nd Police Officer: That's 10-4. I was advised by the neighbor that she did it before.
The neighbors and subsequently police refer to Nason as "she." That's because Wendal Nason is a transvestite who prefers to be called Sandra.
Wendall Nason underwent surgery that afternoon and is recovering.