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Police: EMT's Killing Not Linked to His Refusal to Aid Dying Woman

Police: EMT's Killing Not Linked to His Refusal to Aid Dying Woman

New York Daily News via YellowBrix

July 19, 2010

NEW YORK CITY – An FDNY emergency medical technician accused of ignoring a dying pregnant woman while on his break last year was shot to death early Sunday near a tony SoHo nightclub, police said.

A gunman hopped out of a car and pumped two bullets into Jason Green, 32, moments after he and a pal were turned away by a bouncer at Greenhouse, police sources said.

Police brass said there was no indication Green’s slaying – which came after a street brawl – was tied to his callous refusal to help Eutisha Rennix as she lay gasping for air on the floor of an Au Bon Pain near FDNY headquarters in December.

He and fellow EMT and girlfriend Melisa Jackson were being probed by the Brooklyn DA for ignoring pleas from Rennix’s co-workers inside the downtown Brooklyn eatery.

Green’s killing sparked rampant speculation within FDNY ranks that it was payback – and cops briefly sent a squad car to Jackson’s family home in Queens.

Green and a pal got into a fight with another man – or group of men – after Greenhouse refused them entry.

All hell broke loose near Vandam and Hudson Sts.

“Two guys were fighting on the corner, loudly, and the guy who got shot kicked one guy in the face,” a witness said.


Jason Green

“The fight moved down the street and more people joined in. Then there were two gunshots and it was over.”

Investigators believe the gunman who fired twice into Green’s torso was not the same person in the sidewalk throwdown, police said. There were no arrests.

Green was declared dead shortly after he arrived at New York Downtown Hospital. He was off duty at the time. His friend was not injured.

Green and Jackson, 23, were hit with a one-month, unpaid suspension for abandoning Rennix, 25, despite pleas from her co-workers at the shop inside the Metrotech complex.

The pair instead allegedly advised that someone call 911.

The Rennix family said it was shocked to hear that Green had been gunned down.

“Oh, my God! I’m so sorry. That’s horrible,” said Eutisha Rennix’s sister, Marva Rennix, 40.

But she didn’t discount that he may have been done in by bad karma.

“I don’t think anybody deserves to die, even though they do wrong things,” she said. “[But] sometimes when you do wrong things, it comes back to you.”

Eutisha Rennix, the mother of a 3-year-old son, was six-months’ pregnant when she is believed to have suffered a fatal asthma attack that tragic Dec. 9. She later died at Long Island College Hospital, but not before her unborn child was delivered. The baby died two hours later.

Green and Jackson admitted in a published interview they did not tend to Rennix but said they lacked the proper medical equipment to do so.

Jackson said in that report that she used her cell phone to call an EMS dispatcher.

The first ambulance did not arrive on-scene until 11 minutes later – and by that point Green and Jackson were long gone.

The FDNY suspended them both for a month for neglect of duty. They were then reassigned to nonemergency work. The Brooklyn DA and the Department of Investigation are still probing the incident, but no criminal charges have been filed.

Green, who joined the FDNY in 2003, had scoffed at the accusation he ignored the stricken Rennix. “That is all bogus and lies and fabrications,” Green told a reporter.

Rennix’s family never forgave him or Jackson.

Eutisha Rennix’s twin brother, Eudane Rennix, a soldier who was set Sunday to return to service in the Middle East, had previously criticized Green and Jackson in a published report.

“If they just would have helped, did something, there’s a possibility she’d be alive today,” said the furious brother, who recently got a tattoo of his late sister, the family said.

NYPD sources said they were planning to question Eudane Rennix, who declined to speak to reporters outside the family’s Brooklyn home Sunday night. He is not considered a suspect, police officials said.

Police sources said there is so far nothing to suggest the killing is tied to Rennix’s tragic death.

“There is no indication that is the case,” added Paul Browne, the NYPD’s top spokesman.

  • Me2__1__max50


    about 4 years ago


    Karma really is somethin', eh?

  • Car6_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I agree with DALLASCRANE & copzmom...

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    You've got to be kidding?!! An EMT refusing to assist someone in dire need. Period. Ever?? Ordinary untrained people at least offer consolation and support -- something very needed by a person who's suffering the extreme anxiety with breathlessness...duh. Sorry, Officer K_CPD, I could not disagree with you more. Where did the plain old human compassion in this go? Obviously, tell them to call 911; but not just ignore the woman after saying that!!! AND there were other distressed humans involved begging for help for her...he/they should have stepped up to the plate and at least have acted interested in other folks. No, I'm not happy he got shot and killed and I sure am not saying God's punishing him...but I have to believe that his job was to him more a job than a 'calling.' I'm just a civilian, but a nurse for a 'few' decades and past civilian employee of a top-rate State Police headquarters...I've seen the difference between employees in both those settings; it was easy to tell who was in it just for money or 'prestige.' Spare me from them!

  • Evgeni_nabokov_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I could not have put it better - DALLASCRANE

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    There is a saying (GOD DOESN'T LIKE UGLY).That isn't the reason I feel he died though.It was just plain Karma.He should of helped a pregnant woman instead of eating.Now look hunger over a woman and her baby.Plain Karma.Two people died for the kind of human being he was.Then it goes to show you wherever he was trouble was there also.Just like I keep saying KARMA,KARMA,& KARMA.

  • Pug_max600_max50


    about 4 years ago


    KARMA'S a Bitch isn't it? There is never a wrong time do do the right thing. A little kindness would have gone a long way in not ignoring a dying pregnant woman. (even if it was at the end of your shift). Maybe the outcome would not be different, and then again......

  • Thinker_max50


    about 4 years ago


    A trained EMT should have someone call 911 while they respond to evaluate and assist an injured person they best they can until on-duty responders with proper equipment arrives. What does it mean he was on a break? When a PO is on a break and observes a robbery in progress, should he just say call 911 and continue eating? No excuse and a disgrace to FDNY. However, this is no excuse for revenge which I hope it wasn't and still an unfortunate loss of life...

  • Spartan_cops_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I agree with the below statement although damn, if that isn't quite the karma I don't know what is.............

  • Images_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Green and Jackson admitted in a published interview they did not tend to Rennix but said they lacked the proper medical equipment to do so. I've seen some bad asthma attacks and unless you have the equipment like an inhaler, respirator, etc, there is not much anyone can do other than call 911 and get that equipment there.....he may have been an SOB, but I think he made the right call when he told them to call 911.....what were his options, run downstairs and call 911 next to her?

  • Tigerstripe_002_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Ill be devils advocate. Good, you walk away from a dying pregnant woman, hells got a special place for you.

  • Communion_max50


    about 4 years ago



  • 45089_396847393722850_1055776862_n_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I"m not saying he deserved to die either. But sounds like he wasn't a good guy at all.

  • Monday_march_3_police_blotter_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Karma, maybe??
    "I agree with BrooklynHills Cop"......

  • Uniphone1_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I'm not into Eastern philosophy, but I do believe that you reap what you sow. His refusal to sow assistance to a person in need led to their death. And death became his harvest it seems. I'm not rejoicing, but sounds like these two slipped through the cracks of background checks.......

  • Asdfghjkl__max50


    about 4 years ago


    I won't say he deserved to die, but karma definitely came full-force for this callous, sorry excuse for a first responder.
    If I was the second EMT, I'd be nervous as hell. Karma is coming for you too, better watch out, you POS!

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