Melisa Jackson, an EMT who refused to help a dying pregnant woman, Eutisha Rennix, walked away free of a misconduct charge today.
Jackson was on-duty when she snuck away from her dispatcher job at a fire department in Brooklyn, New York in December 2009.
Jackson (pictured) went to meet her boyfriend, also an EMT, at a nearby Au Bon Pain cafe.
In the cafe's back room, Rennix had a serious asthma attack, but Jackson (and apparently her boyfriend) refused to check on the pregnant woman, reports the New York Post.
“Had the defendant just walked into the rear room, she would have seen that this was not just a person who needed transport to a hospital. Ms. Rennix needed immediate medical assistance,” assistant district attorney Kevin Richardson said in court today.
“Ms. Rennix did die that day there on the floor in the rear locker room of Au Bon Pain, and the defendant had her coffee.”
EMS Chief Abdo Nahmod signed an affidavit in 2010 stating Jackson violated the fire department's “flag-down rule," which requires an on-duty EMT treat someone and notify dispatch if they are flagged down for help.
However, Nahmod told assistant district attorney Richardson that the flag-down rule would not work because Jackson wasn’t assigned to an ambulance or special event where she was expected to provide aid (because she sneaked away from her assigned job).
“Based on the reversal of position of Chief Nahmod, there is absolutely no possible way to sustain a criminal charge against Ms. Jackson,” Richardson said in court.
“I had no type of equipment to render aid, because I worked inside of a dispatch center behind a computer,” Jackson claimed outside court, but never explained why she refused to check on the dying woman and her unborn baby.
“If the same thing happened again, and I worked inside a 911 dispatch center, I would call 911 to have an ambulance dispatched to the location so they would be able to render care.”
Source: New York Post