Fire lt. to go before trial board in DC man's death

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The D.C. fire lieutenant who was in charge when a dying man collapsed nearby will go before a trial board.

Lieutenant Kellene Davis will appear at an internal hearing, where she faces punishment for her role in the incident two months ago.

Medric "Cecil" Mills had a heart attack across the street from the fire station on Rhode Island Avenue in Northeast. Neither Davis nor the four other firefighters at the station responded to pleas for help from Mills' family.

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Wednesday, we will get to hear from Lieutenant Davis, who will tell her side of the story. She was in charge at Engine Company 26 that fateful day.

According to a scathing city report, the 30-year veteran failed to immediately react to the cries of witnesses and relatives of 77-year-old Cecil Mills. The longtime parks department worker later died at the hospital of a heart attack.

The daughter of Cecil Mills was with him in the parking lot. She embraced her father, cradled him, reassured him that help was on the way because the firehouse was right across the street. It took about 20 minutes for an ambulance to finally get to them.

The lieutenant has been placed on leave with pay since the incident and another firefighter involved was placed on desk duty. A third firefighter has since been reassigned.

The hearing starts at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Reeves Center on 14th Street. It is open to the public.

The four-member board will determine the innocence or the guilt of this lieutenant and even recommend a penalty if that's appropriate.


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