Genevieve Hansen, a Minneapolis firefighter, and certified E-M-T, testified for the state late Tuesday in the Derek Chauvin trial. Hansen was a bystander at the scene and as she recorded from her cell phone, she pleaded with officers to check George Floyd’s pulse…
“Check his pulse right now and tell me what it is, tell me what his pulse is right now, I swear to god…check his pulse, he has not moved–not one time…it’s been over a minute.”
Hansen testified that she has resuscitated “pulse-less” victims “many” times in her job as a firefighter. The defense on cross-examination noted that a paramedic has more extensive training than an EMT. And the defense asked Hansen if she would be distracted by bystanders yelling at her or calling her names while she was fighting a fire. She said she would be confident in doing her job and following her training.
Hansen also called 9-1-1 from the scene:
“I am on the block of 38th and Chicago and I literally watched police officers not take a pulse and not do anything to save a man and I am a first responder myself and I literally have it on video camera.”