Tag Archives: failure to act

Detroit EMT Charged Criminally With Neglect of Duty

The Detroit Fire Department EMT who refused to respond to the scene of a baby having trouble breathing in 2015, today was charged criminally with willful neglect of duty. Ann Marie Thomas was fired June 24, 2015 for her role in the May 30, 2015 incident that led to the death of I'Nayah Wright-Trussel.

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Minneapolis Fire Sued Over Hypothermia Death

The family of a University of Minnesota freshman who died of hypothermia in 2013 has filed a massive lawsuit against the Minneapolis Fire Department and numerous other agencies accusing them of leaving his body in the elements for an extended ...

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Wrongful Death Suit filed in Detroit Failure To Act Case

The refusal of a Detroit EMT to respond to a home where an infant was not breathing has led to a wrongful death suit by the infant's mother. On May 30, 2015 EMT Ann Marie Thomas parked her unit on a street corner away from the scene while waiting for other units to arrive, an act her supervisors referred to as “depraved indifference”.

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The Digital Age Meets the Duty To Act

Today’s burning question: I was in your class at FDIC 2014 on Duty to Act, which was a real eye-opener. We were discussing it in the station today and one of the paramedics mentioned a smartphone app called PulsePoint, that can notify you if someone nearby is having a heart attack. Doesn’t that raise some duty to act questions?

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DC Failure to Act Update

The family of the man who died last January across the street from a DC firehouse had a chance to confront Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe last night at a neighborhood meeting. Cecil Mills had a heart attack across the street ...

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