EMT fired after being accused of refusing to help dying baby

DETROIT (AP) — An emergency medical technician has been fired after being accused of refusing to go to a home where an 8-month-old baby had stopped breathing.

WDIV-TV reports Detroit Fire Commissioner Edsel Jenkins announced the employee’s firing Wednesday. Jenkins said an appeals hearing was held Wednesday at the EMT’s request, and he determined firing her was “the appropriate course of action.”

According to the TV station, the EMT was told to respond to the call for help, and she parked her vehicle about a street away. An internal report cited by WDIV-TV says she told her supervisor that she wouldn’t “be on no scene 10 minutes doing CPR,” and that “you know how these families get.”

The TV station says an ambulance eventually got to the home, but the baby died the next morning at a hospital.

 

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