Funeral held for officer found dead in church hours after calling 9-1-1

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Monday, June 15, 2015
Man found dead 7 hours after calling 911 from Gary church
A transit officer is found dead in a Gary, Ind., church hours after he called 911 for help.

GARY, Ind. (WLS) -- Family and friends are saying goodbye to a former Gary, Ind. police officer who died from a heart attack.

Burt Sanders called 9-1-1 from his father's church 10 days ago. When paramedics arrived, the church was locked and the dispatcher told them they could leave.

Sanders' niece later found him inside, dead from a heart attack.

After the death, Lake County fired one of the 9-1-1 dispatchers and suspended another.