BROOKLYN (PIX11) – Charges have been dropped against a female EMT who allegedly refused to help an expectant mother who was having an asthma attack — because she was on a coffee break at the time.
Four years later, the FDNY misconduct charge against 27-year-old Melissa Jackson is history after a top EMS chief reversed his position on the case.
Brooklyn prosecutors were forced to dismiss the criminal case, after the EMS Chief Abdo Nahmod stopped cooperating with them. Up until the eve of the trial Nahmod supported Jackson’s prosecution, stating that she had violated the “Flag Down Rule,” which states that a uniformed EMT must give someone treatment if they are called to do so.
In a letter, Nahmod reversed his stance to prosecutors, saying the rule shouldn’t apply to personnel who actively on duty in an ambulance or assigned to a special event.
Authorities say Jackson was in uniform and on-duty when she snuck off to see her boyfriend at a nearby eatery. Jackson later said the couple, who were on break, called a fire dispatcher to the restaurant. However, according to a prosecution witness, the EMTs were asked to help but walked out after calling in the emergency. 25-year-old Eutisha Rennix ended up dying from the asthma attack along with her unborn baby.