Detroit EMT fired after refusing to help baby in distress

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DETROIT, MI (June 25, 2015) –Detroit Fire Commissioner Edsel Jenkins fired an EMT who refused to help an 8-month-old baby.

According to, a supervisor ordered Ann Marie Thomas to a house where a baby was not breathing. Thomas was just around the corner finishing up a run – exactly nine-tenths of a mile away.

But she refused to go to the house.

“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.”

Thomas told her boss, “I’m not about to be on no scene 10 minutes doing CPR, you know how these families get.”

A 911 dispatcher told Thomas, “Updated information that the child is not breathing. The baby was hooked up to an oxygen machine because it was premature.”

But Thomas still refused to go to the house. reports that an ambulance eventually got the baby to a hospital. She was revived, but she 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.”

Jenkins announced Wednesday that Thomas was fired.

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