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"Don't bother me while I'm on break," NYC EMT's response to a call for help.

Their never on break if you ask me. I'm a former EMT myself and I know.

Pregnant woman dies, NY city EMTs wouldn't help her. She may have died anyway, but that doesn't clear those people who took the Hippocratic oath.

"All of our members take an oath to assist others in need of emergency medical aid. They have a duty to act when called," said FDNY spokesman Steve Ritea.

Ironically, the EMS emergency dispatch center that fields 911 callsis located in the same building as Au Bon Pain -- just floors above where Rennix collapsed.

And the FDNY headquarters is about 600 feet away within the same Metrotech complex. In fact, the coffee shop is regularly filled with FDNY and EMS personnel and top brass.

The first ambulance on the scene was a private hospital crew that arrived 11 minutes after the initial 911 call.

But that crew's actions are also being investigated, the FDNY confirmed. Witnesses said the EMTs didn't have one of the equipment bags needed to administer aid.

"I couldn't believe it," said an eyewitness. "The whole thing was like a bad joke."

Rennix, a mother of a 3-year-old son, Jahleel, was rushed to Long Island College Hospital a mile away in cardiac arrest at approximately9:48 a.m. She was pronounced dead at 10:17, police records show.

The 6-month-old fetus -- a girl posthumously named Jahniya Renne Woodson -- outlived her young mother by two hours and 10 minutes, but was born too premature to survive, said distraught grandmother Cynthia Rennix.


I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of over treatment and therapeutic nihilism.

I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science,and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug.

I will not be ashamed to say "I know not," nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient's recovery.

I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must It read with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person's family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.

I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.

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The one time I called 911 was in Montgomery. I was working construction and a guy from another crew fell off the roof. The EMT's got there and had no idea what had happened and were in no hurry to do anything. It was like dispatch just sent them with no information.

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