D.C. Lieutenant Working During Fire Station Death Bypasses Discipline

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    The D.C. fire lieutenant who was in charge the day an elderly man died outside a firehouse will retire without facing any discipline. News4's Darcy Spencer has the story. (Published Thursday, Apr 10, 2014)

    The D.C. fire lieutenant who was in charge the day an elderly man died outside a firehouse will retire without facing any discipline. 

    Kellene Davis, a 30-year veteran of the department, was on administrative leave with pay since shortly after the death of 77-year-old D.C. resident Medric Cecil Mills. He collapsed and later died after suffering a heart attack at the Brentwood Shopping Center directly across the street from D.C. Fire Department Engine 26 in northeast Washington.

    D.C. Fire Lieutenant Retires Without Discipline

    [DC] D.C. Fire Lieutenant Retires Without Discipline
    The D.C. fire lieutenant who was in charge the day an elderly man died outside a firehouse will retire without facing any discipline. News4's Mark Segraves reports. (Published Thursday, Apr 10, 2014)

    An official report found that, despite repeated desperate attempts by family members to summon help from the fire station, no one there responded.

    D.C. Fire Lieutenant Retires Without Discipline

    [DC] D.C. Fire Lieutenant Retires Without Discipline
    A D.C. Fire lieutenant who was in charge the day a man collapsed and later died outside a firehouse will retire without any discipline. News4's Mark Segraves reports. (Published Thursday, Apr 10, 2014)

    "If we have people working for a fire department that's not accountable for a human's life, they're just getting a paycheck to get a paycheck," a friend of the Mills family told News4. 

    Davis, who faced six charges of neglective duty, asked for immediate retirement following the incident, but was denied because of a required 60-day waiting period. Those 60 days passed, and last week, D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe signed off on her retirement. According to Ellerbe's spokesperson, the chief had no choice.

    Medric Mills Laid to Rest

    [DC] Medric Mills Laid to Rest
    Mourners gathered Saturday to say their final goodbyes to Medric Mills. He suffered a heart attack and died across the street from a D.C. firehouse. His family says firefighters refused to help. News4's Darcy Spencer has more. (Published Saturday, Feb 8, 2014)

    "She has completed the number of hours and years to make her eligible to retire and she has the age, and by law we cannot deny her an opportunity to retire," Ellerbe said.

    Report: Miscommunication Among Firefighters, on 911 Call Before Death Outside Firehouse

    [DC] Report: Miscommunication Among Firefighters, on 911 Call Before Death Outside Firehouse
    News4's Shomari Stone spoke with Medric Mills' daughter for her reaction to the DC Fire Department's report regarding her father's death. (Published Friday, Feb 21, 2014)

    The D.C. Department of Human Resources approved that retirement, a source told News4 Thursday, meaning Davis is no longer subject to a decision on discipline by a trial board, which is reviewing the events surrounding Mills' death. Ellerbe was expecting a ruling from the trial board next week.

    D.C. Fire Trial Board to Hear Case of Medric Mills' Death Near Fire Station

    [DC] D.C. Fire Trial Board to Hear Case of Medric Mills' Death Near Fire Station
    The D.C. fire lieutenant at the center of a controversy involving a dying man outside near a fire station will get to tell her side of the story to the department’s trial board Wednesday. News4's Jackie Bensen reports. (Published Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014)

    "I expected the acrimony from the community because this event should not have happened," Ellerbe said.

    Mills' family issued the following statement Wednesday when the news broke:

    D.C. Fire Trial Board to Hear Case of Medric Mills' Death

    [DC] D.C. Fire Trial Board to Hear Case of Medric Mills' Death
    The D.C. fire lieutenant at the center of a controversy involving a dying man outside near a fire station will get to tell her side of the story to the department’s trial board Wednesday. (Published Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014)

    "Everything about this process has been shrouded in secrecy. Because their actions are so outrageous, we now understand why the trial board shut the media out of the hearings and did not allow us or our attorney to attend. The public should be shocked that its public servants who have a duty to protect them are not held accountable when they neglect their duties. There should be laws on the books that hold D.C. Fire and EMS Department responsible and liable to those they harm in outrageous circumstances like that which lead to the death of our father. We are infuriated. Justice was not served. The system did not work. This is disgraceful.”