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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

There is a special circle in Hell for these two

It appears that two FDNY EMTs were on break when a cashier at the restaurant they were visiting went into seizure.

Witnesses said the EMTs were on their break and told employees to call 911, then left when they were asked to help the woman.

The Fire Department on Monday suspended Jason Green, a six-year member, and Melissa Jackson, a four-year member, without pay. The department is investigating, as is the state Department of Health, which oversees the emergency medical services system. A criminal probe is also underway.
USA Today: NYC victim's mom: EMTs were 'inhuman' not to help

Eutisha Rennix was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Her child was delivered and died a little over two hours later.

The New York post identified the EMTs as dispatchers Jason Green and Melisa Jackson. The New York times reports they are currently suspended without pay pending charges. Everyone is looking to hand them their heads.

The mayor got in on it yesterday:

A furious Mayor Bloomberg yesterday blasted two EMTs who allegedly refused to help a dying, pregnant mom because they were on break at a Brooklyn coffee shop.

"It was unconscionable, [an] outrage, pick some adjectives and stick it in," the fuming mayor said at a news conference a day after The Post broke the scandal involving tragic mom Eutisha Revee Rennix, 25.

"The Fire Department, including EMS, is responsible for life-saving, and their first responsibility is to do that," the mayor said. "But even if they weren't part of the Fire Department sworn to protect all of us, just normal human beings, drop your coffee and go help somebody if they're dying. C'mon."
The New York Post: Mayor rips EMTs who refused to help dying pregnant mother

Even the union threw them under the bus in a union kind of way:

A union official said EMT members are not contractually entitled to a responsibility-free meal period; members on duty and in uniform have an obligation to act in an emergency, and leaving a patient is "an act of abandonment," he said.
The New York Post: Mayor rips EMTs who refused to help dying pregnant mother

For those of you uninitiated in the ways of unions, that is union-eeze for "These two screwed up so bad that they're on their own."

Firing them is a given. I sincerely hope for something criminal as well. But even with that option, suitable punishment eludes me. Nothing will bring that lady and her baby back.


We have a duty to one another. When we can turn and walk away from someone sick or injured we will have reached the point that we are no longer human.
- Unknown

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