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Man Dies After Collapsing Near D.C. Fire Station, Investigation Underway

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Officials will conduct an investigation into the incident, which happened Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014.
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Officials will conduct an investigation into the incident, which happened Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says an investigation is underway after reports that city firefighters didn't come to the aid of a man who collapsed across the street from a fire station.

Relatives of Medric Cecil Mills, 77, say he went into cardiac arrest on Saturday afternoon in a shopping center parking lot and later died. They say several people went across the street to the fire station, but no firefighters or EMS workers walked over to help.

Gray said he had spoken today to the daughter of Mills, a long-time city employee.

He has called the incident an "outrage." He says its under investigation and people will be held accountable. He says those involved did not show common decency.

Paul Quander, the deputy mayor for public safety, will lead the investigation into what happened.

Its the latest incident for the city's troubled fire department. The ambulance fleet has been in disrepair, there was a shortage of paramedics, and a blistering D.C. Council committee report on the department led one council member to call for the fire chief's resignation.

The firefighters union did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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