The Detroit fire commissioner has fired an EMT who refused to help a baby when she was just minutes away from the home.
Commissioner Edsel Jenkins said Ann Marie Thomas’s employment with the Detroit Fire Department has been terminated.
“Today, we conducted an appeals hearing, which Ms. Thomas requested. After reviewing all of the facts of this incident, I have determined that the appropriate course of action is to terminate Ms. Thomas’ employment with the Detroit Fire Department effective immediately,” said Jenkins in a statement.
During a 911 call, Thomas’ unit was dispatched to a house where a mother reported that a baby wasn’t breathing. Thomas was literally around the corner from the address, but refused to go to the home. Thomas even told dispatch she was by the house but not going in.
“33, I’m going to need you to make that scene,” said the Detroit Fire EMS supervisor. “You’re going to have to make patient contact.”
But what did Thomas do? Absolutely nothing. She parked her EMT SUV near the house and refused to go in.
Two investigations were done and showed that Thomas told her boss, “I’m not about to be on no scene 10 minutes doing CPR, you know how these families get.”
An ambulance eventually got the baby to a hospital. She was revived but died the next morning.
“EMT Thomas was immediately removed from duty following this incident,” said Commissioner Jenkins. “She has since filed an appeal. As executive fire commissioner, I have the ability to make the ultimate determination.”