UPDATE: Baltimore County budget and finance director Keith Dorsey will serve as acting county administrative officer during Fred Homan's absence, according to spokeswoman Ellen Kobler.
Emergency dispatch recordings made Saturday afternoon, when County Administrative Officer Fred Homan was hurt in a fall from a horse on the North Central Railroad Trail, show that he was getting help from a medical doctor who happened to be on the trail at the time, and that his helmet fell off at some point during the accident. Listen to the recording of the 911 call here.
In the longer of the two recordings released by the county police today, the caller, Karen Buck, who sounds breathless and nervous as she gives information about their location and the accident, can be heard talking to the dispatcher and to people at the scene in northern Baltimore County, including Homan. She says "I barely know this gentleman," and only met him that morning.
"Don't move, we're getting you help, OK, Fred? Fred, no no, don't move," says Buck, who tells the dispatcher that Homan's helmet fell off during the accident that occurred at about 12:30. She tells the dispatcher that she was in the front of the group and Homan was in the back and she did not see how the accident happened.
Buck tells the dispatcher that a medical doctor had stopped to help. The doctor recommended that a helicopter be called to get Homan to a hospital. The county announced on Tuesday that he had been released from the hospital.
Homan, who has worked for the county since 1978, was taken by helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The nature of his injuries has not been released, and all information relating to his condition was edited out of the two recordings before they were released today.
The longer recording runs just over 10 minutes. In the shorter of the two recordings, less than 40 seconds, a different dispatcher is heard directing emergency crews to the scene in Gunpowder Falls State Park.
Homan has worked for the county since 1978. Former County Executive James T. Smith Jr. appointed him to administrative officer in 2007, after he’d served for almost 20 years as budget director.