DC Firefighter faces hearing in Cecil Mills case

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - A third D.C firefighter faced an internal hearing Friday, accused of not responding to the cries for help of a dying man outside of their fire station on Rhode Island Avenue Northeast.

Seventy-seven-year-old Cecil Mills suffered a heart attack across the street and ended up dying.

Firefighter David Dennis gets ready for his internal hearing before a panel made up of four ranking firefighters. They will decide on any punishment and if Dennis gets to keep his job.

The D.C. Fire and EMS department has been marred by this case after fire fighters from Engine 26 did not help 77-year-old Cecil Mills. He was suffering from a heart attack across the street from the fire station and died.

Dennis is charged with three counts of neglect of duty and failing to help Mills.

For the first time we're getting a glimpse into Dennis' charging documents. It says he was in the sitting room after cleaning up from lunch. Instead of running across the street for help 'Dennis did absolutely nothing.'

It also says he failed to notify dispatch and he brought embarrassment to the department and heightened, unnecessary national and international scrutiny to the department.

The media was once again kicked out of the proceedings. Two other firefighters including the top commander, Lt. Kellene Davis faced similar internal hearings. Davis was able to retire before the board rendered its decision.

Another firefighter, George Martin, went through a single day hearing earlier this week, accused of similar misconduct.


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