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Did EMT Leak Epstein Details? FDNY Say No

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This March 28, 2017, photo shows Jeffrey Epstein. He died in police custody on Saturday.

 

The Fire Department of New York says an EMT did not leak information about the death of wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein nearly 40 minutes before Epstein’s death was confirmed by authorities.

BuzzFeed News reports Epstein’s death was first posted to the message board 4chan on Saturday morning at 8:16 a.m. The first tweet from an ABC News reporter did not come until 8:54 a.m.

Parts of the 4chan posts refers to specific terms used by EMTs and other medical professionals, like telemetry advised bicarb. The post also reportedly has a detailed account of the procedures used and how long medical technicians tried to resuscitate Epstein after he was found in his Manhattan jail cell.

The identity of the poster is not known at this time.

“The FDNY reviewed the alleged information and determined it did not come from the Department,” the FDNY said in a statement to JEMS, adding there was only an inquiry into the matter and not an investigation.

Oren Barzilay, the president of EMT workers Local 2507, told BuzzFeed union members did not release confidential information online. Anyone found to be distributing the information could be subject to disciplinary action, suspension and civil penalties, he said.

Barzilay did not immediately respond by email for a request for comment from JEMS.