Mayor blasts EMTs accused of refusing to help

(AP) - Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday blasted twoemergency medical technicians accused of refusing to help apregnant woman who had collapsed in the coffee shop where they weretaking a break. The woman and her baby later died.

Bloomberg said refusing to help goes against human decency.

"There's no excuse whatsoever," he said.

The Fire Department is investigating the accusation, whichcenters on the Dec. 9 death of 25-year-old Eutisha Revee Rennix.The EMTs, who have not been identified, are accused of tellingemployees at the eatery in downtown Brooklyn to call 911 and thenleaving when they were asked to help Rennix, an employee who hadcollapsed.

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

The Fire Department declined to comment further pending theoutcome of the investigation. A message left for Rennix's motherwas not immediately returned.

A spokesman for the EMT union said the situation with itsresulting accusation was an "odd event," and that EMTs generallyconsider 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, spokesmanfor the Uniformed EMTS and Paramedics, FDNY.

The city's EMTs have a "very strong bond with the people of NewYork City that they serve," he said. "They view themselves asalways being on duty."

He didn't know the identities of the EMTs at the center of theinvestigation and said the union was waiting to see what theresults of the Fire Department's investigation would be.

"If there was unprofessional conduct by these EMTs, the uniondoes not condone any type of conduct which in any way can harmmembers of the public," he said.

The story was first reported by the New York Post.

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