Washington D.C. firefighters ignore dying man

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Washington D.C. firefighters ignore dying man
Empty lot (or parking lot) on the site of Engine Company 26, on the NRHP since May 18, 2011. At 1340 Rhode Island Ave., NW, in the Logan Circle-Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

Washington D.C. firefighters ignored a dying man across the street from their fire station despite multiple pleas for help. Medric Cecil Mills died from a heart attack without getting help from the fire station that was closest to him. Now, the city is investigating the department and firefighters to determine what went wrong.

Medric Cecil Mills was 77 years old and collapsed in the middle of the street, according to the Washington Post. His daughter was near him, and she immediately began asking for help. Since there was a fire station, Engine 26, across the street from her father, several people including the daughter went to beg for help. They were turned away by firefighters who stated that dispatchers had to send them out before they could help Mills.

Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Paul Quander has spoken to the media and indicated that there is no policy that restricts firefighters to only respond to dispatch calls. It is not clear why the firefighters wrongly believed this restriction existed, but the investigation will uncover more details.

Medric Cecil Mills collapsed and began to show symptoms of a heart attack while he was outside. He had dedicated his life to the parks in the city, and his daughter is shocked that firefighters refused to help him. After firefighters made it clear they would not be assisting Medric Cecil Mills, several 911 calls were made, but the ambulance became lost and never came. Finally, a random ambulance that happened to be going down the street was flagged to help. Despite being taken to a local hospital, Mills passed away.

At one point, a firefighter was actually seen inside the fire station, and people asked him for help. He blatantly refused and continued to watch the scene unfold across the street. A total of 15 firefighters can face disciplinary action at this time for their refusal to help Medric Cecil Mills. His daughter wants answers and an explanation for why they refused to do anything for her father.

This is being called a system failure because firefighters should not watch a man die across the street without offering to help. Members of the firefighters’ union have contacted the daughter to apologize to her, but their words will do nothing to bring back her father. Engine 26 is now under a complete investigation, and all firefighters are being scrutinized for their involvement.


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