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DC firefighters accused of refusing to help man having heart attack

D.C. Firefighters Accused of Refusing to Help Man Having Heart Attack

Two DC firefighters are on leave after reportedly doing nothing while a man had a heart attack and died across the street from the fire station. HLN talked to the daughter of 77-year-old Cecil Mills.

'It's heartless, and that's how I felt because the person stood there and did nothing to help. I even ran to the curb and said 'are you going to help me or are you going to let my dad die?' This goes against what firefighting is all about.'

The response she got: 'That firefighter told them no one could respond until someone called 911 and they were dispatched. That ambulance went in the wrong direction by more than two dozen blocks.'

Now, DC officials are questioning how this could have happened.

At a press conference Wednesday, Mayor Vincent Gray said the incident is 'an outrage,' and the firefighters failed to show 'common decency.' He also said those who failed to respond will be held accountable.

One of those is Lt. Kellene Davis, who was in charge at the time. She's one of the firefighters on leave. WJLA obtained a letter from her to the fire chief.

'She says firefighter G. Murphy told her someone had fallen across the street so she asked him to get an address and said she'd be right there but he never returned with an address.'

But according to the outlet, sources say Davis' story differs considerably from Murphy's.

The two firefighters will remain on leave until officials have completed their investigation.

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irishroyal317 January 31 2014 at 11:42 PM

They need to be fired. They don't deserve the honored name of firefighter.

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wehmhoner January 31 2014 at 10:26 PM

let me guess..... PAID leave??

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STAN wehmhoner January 31 2014 at 11:18 PM

If it was unpaid it would probably have been headlines,when have you ever heard of a govt.employee on UNPAID leave?

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flamsnowmobile January 31 2014 at 10:18 PM

I think it's sad that the man died. It's also sad that they live right across from the fire house and wanted help, but they had to call 9-1-1 for help, that is insane. If i lived across from a firehouse i would hope the people there would help out in any way they could. Firefighters are supposed to hep people, not let people die.

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BB2You flamsnowmobile January 31 2014 at 11:11 PM

They are employees of the city if the city doesn't dispatch them and the family said they caused the mans death who do you think would be paying for that ... not the city they weren't dispatched...

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Rap Scallion January 31 2014 at 9:58 PM

Is there a single solitary thing in DC that works???? The firefire Lt take the info and I will be there?? Is that even remotely close to being something that the heroic place they occupy in America?????

9-11 is over and the new crop I guess just wants to draw a check and go home at the end of shift!

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hokanut January 31 2014 at 9:49 PM

Is everything run by the government in DC in this kind of pathetic shape? Rhetorical question.

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Baileybo hokanut January 31 2014 at 10:07 PM

The whole country has this problem.

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majesticdm January 31 2014 at 9:43 PM

What didn't the firemen call 9-11 and dispatch themselves???

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BB2You majesticdm January 31 2014 at 11:20 PM

To what address??? 911 I am going across the street to a call and what about the crew in route that went the wrong way how many blocks away LOST

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poll100 February 01 2014 at 8:32 AM

Its always been tough for women in the fire dept and this just adds fuel to the fire. Shame on her.

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mykecusa@netscap January 31 2014 at 9:22 PM

This does not surprise me. When I first moved to Sacramento in the 1960's I was at a Farmers Market. A woman's car caught fire in the parking lot. Agross the street was a fire station. A half dozen firefighters came out of the station and watched the car burn, while the woman jumped up and down screaming. Eventually a fire truck appeared, but the car was totally ablaze by then. The fire was put out and the woman screamed ehy did not the firemen across the street help her. The answer was simple, this side of the street was not in their district. The engine that responded came from the station that covered where the fire was at. That station was a couple miles away and had to receive an alarm notice in order to respond. The firemen that watch did turn in the alarm. This kind of goes along with the story, an alarm needs to be received.

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RJT99349 January 31 2014 at 9:20 PM

FIRE THEM NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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HI BEAUTIFUL January 31 2014 at 9:18 PM

If this turns out to be true, the two firefighters need to be on leave for good without pay. Sadly, I think it is true.

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