Suspension Ends for NYC EMTs in Bagel Shop Incident


 
 

AL BAKER | | Thursday, January 21, 2010


A woman, pregnant and clearly in distress inside an Au Bon Pain store in Brooklyn, needed medical help. Two city medical workers, waiting in line, refused to provide it; the woman eventually died.

That has been the accepted version of what happened on Dec. 9, an event that has brought condemnation from the pregnant woman s mother and the mayor, an investigation by the district attorney s office and a suspension without pay for the two city workers.

That suspension ends Thursday, when the two workers, Jason Green and Melisa Jackson, are to be reinstated.

On Wednesday, the two spoke publicly for the first time since the woman s death. They said they wanted to offer condolences to the family of the woman, Eutisha Reve Rennix, 25; they also sought to give their version of what happened that day, and how it differed from what has been reported.

Ms. Jackson, 23, and Mr. Green, 32, both of Queens, said they had no idea they were in trouble until they learned on Dec. 18 that they had been placed on restricted duty. Two days later, The New York Post published the first account of the incident.

You re telling me that at 9:13 in the morning somebody is going to drop dead in front of us, turn blue, and we re just going to sit there and say, We re drinking coffee and eating bagels, there s nothing we can do, we re trainees? Mr. Green said. You re telling me that we re going to just stand there and just go about our business?

He answered his own question: That is all bogus and lies and fabrications. Ms. Jackson agreed.

Read More, Green and Jackson Back on Duty After Eutisha Rennix's Death

Related

FDNY EMT in Woman's Death Asked Dispatcher to Hide Name




Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: Leadership and Professionalism, Legal and Ethical

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS





 

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Innovation & Progress

Follow in the footsteps of these inspirational leaders of EMS.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

University of Pittsburgh STAAMP Trial

Trauma experts launch tranexamic acid trial.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

New York Ambulance Service Begins Using Power Cot

Service is first in county with new technology.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Traffic Cam Captures Wisconsin Ambulance Crash

Driver of ambulance cited for failing to operate safely.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

New Mexico Hospital Mourns Helicopter Crash Victims

TriState CareFlight pilot and crew killed in crash.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Moscow Subway MCI

At least 20 dead and 150 injured in subway derailment.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Hands On July 2014

Check out the latest products and innovations in JEMS.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Wounded Veteran Resiliency

Marine is one of many in quality of life study.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

VividTrac offered by Vivid Medical - EMS Today 2013

VividTrac, affordable high performance video intubation device.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

The AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit - EMS Today 2013

AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher all-hazards preparedness & response tool
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

LMA MAD Nasal™

Needle-free intranasal drug delivery.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >