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Woman dies after EMTs refuse aid

Associated Press / December 22, 2009

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NEW YORK - Two emergency medical technicians accused of refusing to help a pregnant woman who collapsed in the coffee shop where they were taking a break were suspended yesterday, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg called their behavior inexcusable.

The Fire Department of New York suspended Jason Green, a six-year veteran, and Melissa Jackson, a four-year veteran, without pay while the Dec. 9 incident is investigated, spokesman Steve Ritea said.

Witnesses, first speaking to The New York Post, said the EMTs told employees at the eatery in downtown Brooklyn to call 911 and then left when they were asked to help Eutisha Revee Rennix, an employee who had collapsed.

An ambulance was called, and Rennix, 25, was taken to Long Island College Hospital, where she died a short time later. Her baby girl was too premature to survive.

A message left for Rennix’s mother Monday was not immediately returned.

Home telephone listings for Jackson and Green were unavailable. A call Monday evening to the EMT’s union office was not immediately returned.

A union spokesman said yesterday that EMTs generally consider their jobs to be a 24-hour kind of thing.

“Our people tend to spring into action whether they’re on duty, off duty, whatever they’re doing,’’ said Robert Ungar, spokesman for the Uniformed EMTS and Paramedics, FDNY.

The city’s EMTs have a “very strong bond with the people of New York City that they serve,’’ Ungar said. “They view themselves as always being on duty.’’