Charges Dropped Against EMT Who Refused Care to Dying Pregnant Woman

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!

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.”

The other EMT, James Green, died in 2010 during an argument outside a nightclub.


  • Ming
    June 26, 2013

    Miss Jackson is an evil cold hearted woman who should have been proesecuted to the fullest extent. The fact that she didn’t feel the need to show sympathy towards the woman and her famiy makes her a disgrace. Shame on you Melissa Jackson.

    • Janay
      June 26, 2013

      Wow!!! Listen I have asthma and having an arak WITH my inhaler is scary. I can’t imagine her reasonings, I’m not an EMT but I believe I would do what I can to help. And she was pregnant?!?! Wonder what happened? How could an EMT be so callous and what made authorities change their minds

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