You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade now to a modern browser in order to benefit of all our site's features: Chrome, FireFox, Opera, Safari or Internet Explorer. [Close]

The Official Blog of Fox News Channel

Charges Dropped Against EMT Who Refused Care to Dying Pregnant Woman

Charges have been dropped against an EMT who refused to help a dying pregnant woman – because she was on her coffee break!


MUST-SEE VIDEO: It's a Squirrel and Snake Showdown!


Is This Energy Drink to Blame for a Teen's Death?


In 2009, Melissa Jackson was on duty and in uniform when she walked to a nearby coffee shop for her coffee break and discovered that one of the employees was having a severe asthma attack. Jackson called an ambulance, but refused to help the woman. She even refused to go into the back room to see what type of medical care the woman needed.

Eutisha Rennix was six months pregnant at the time and ended up dying.

Jackson was arrested and charged with the “Flag Down Rule” which requires EMTs to treat someone if they are in uniform and called upon to do so. The chief of New York’s Emergency Medical Services supported her being prosecuted, but then suddenly flip-flopped, telling prosecutors that the “Flag Down Rule” does not apply to dispatchers because even though they are fully trained EMTs, they aren’t assigned to an ambulance, and therefore are not required to help someone when they are flagged down.

After the charges were dropped, Jackson spoke out, refusing to apologize. She said, “Apologize for what exactly?! […] I had no type of equipment to render any care because I work inside of a dispatch center behind a computer.”


Horrific: NJ Mother Brutally Beaten as 3-Year-Old Daughter Looks On


"Throw a Rock at My Head!" Paula Deen's Tearful 'Today' Show Plea


 

Posted in: 
Leave a Comment0

Don't want to keep checking back here for the latest from Fox News? That's cool. We'll come to you ...

Connect with Fox News

Subscribe

Stay connected with the most-trusted name in cable news through exclusive videos, blogs, polls, contests and behind-the-scene details.

Get More Fox!

Greta Is Wired!

GretaWire.com is the official blog of Greta Van Susteren. Get Greta’s breaking news alerts, pictures, videos, polls, and behind-the-scenes exclusives. Plus, speak out on open threads, as well as the live chat page. Connect to the GretaWire community ... and to Greta herself!

Fox News Presents: 'My America with Elisabeth Hasselbeck'

Fox News Channel presents an exciting new feature series, My America with Elisabeth Hasselbeck. From the quirky to the inspirational, "My America" reveals who we are as a nation – driven, passionate and uniquely American. Watch the latest installment, an up-close look at the beloved Oscar Mayer Wienermobile!