FDNY reports EMS personnel accessed Joan Rivers' 911 records

Officials say a few "didn't have legitimate reason to do so"; no evidence the information was shared


Associated Press 

NEW YORK — Fire Department of New York officials say nearly a dozen Emergency Medical Service workers looked at 911 emergency records tied to Joan Rivers' death and a few didn't have a legitimate reason to do so.

FDNY officials said Friday those workers may be disciplined. An EMS workers' union hasn't responded to an after-hours message about the findings.

FILE - This Oct. 5, 2009 file photo shows Joan Rivers posing as she presents
FILE - This Oct. 5, 2009 file photo shows Joan Rivers posing as she presents "Comedy Roast with Joan Rivers " during the 25th MIPCOM (International Film and Programme Market for TV, Video, Cable and Satellite) in Cannes, southeastern France. Fire Department of New York officials say nearly a dozen Emergency Medical Service workers looked at 911 emergency records tied to Rivers' death and a few didn’t have a legitimate reason to do so. FDNY officials said Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, those workers may be disciplined. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)

Officials say there's no evidence any EMS workers shared the information and many workers had proper cause to view the records.

Rivers died in September of brain damage due to lack of oxygen after she stopped breathing during an endoscopy at a clinic. She was 81.

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services cited the clinic for failing to identify deteriorating vital signs and provide timely intervention.

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