Brooklyn prosecutors are investigating whether laws were broken by the two FDNY emergency medical technicians who are accused of refusing to help a pregnant woman after she collapsed in a cafe where they were on break.
Eutisha Revee Rennix, 25, who was six months pregnant and worked in a Brooklyn Au Bon Pain, died later in Long Island College Hospital, authorities said. Her prematurely delivered baby died shortly after. She leaves behind a 3-year-old son.
Rennix collapsed and lay on the floor while the two EMTs, identified by FDNY as Jason Green and Melissa Jackson, were in the restaurant. Witnesses said the two told employees to call 911, but left when they were asked to help Rennix.
Reached by The Associated Press yesterday, Rennix's mother, Cynthia Rennix, called the EMTs' alleged actions "inhuman." She said she had not decided whether to take legal action in connection with her daughter's death and is caring for her grandson.
A spokesman for the district attorney told Newsday that prosecutors are looking into the actions of the two technicians Dec. 9 at the Au Bon Pain shop at the Metrotech complex in Downtown Brooklyn, which is also home to FDNY headquarters.
Manhattan attorney Douglas Rosenthal, who is representing both EMTs, called accusations by witnesses that the two would not help Rennix a "rush to judgment."
After news of the accusations broke earlier this week, the fire department on Monday suspended Green, 32, a six-year veteran, and Jackson, 23, a 4 1/2-year veteran, without pay for 30 days and has turned over its investigation to the city department of investigations and the Brooklyn district attorney's office, said FDNY spokesman Steve Ritea. They both live in Queens, officials said.
Rosenthal said in a statement that Green and Jackson "express their sympathy and offer their condolences," but called the reaction "a rush to judgment with respect to the vilification of their actions."
Robert Ungar, the attorney for the union that represents the city's 3,000 uniformed EMTs and paramedics, said in a statement: "We never condone activity by our members that could harm the public. If these members are found to have violated department protocols, the FDNY has a process to deal with that." With AP