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In Case Of Dead Man, Press Barred From Trial Board Of D.C. Fire Lieutenant

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A D.C. man collapsed across from a fire station on Jan. 25, but none of the firefighters on duty responded to calls for help.
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A D.C. man collapsed across from a fire station on Jan. 25, but none of the firefighters on duty responded to calls for help.

The public will not hear first hand why a D.C. Fire Department lieutenant failed to render aid to a man dying steps from her firehouse.

The press and public were barred from a trial board this morning for Lt. Kellene Davis, who was in charge of the fire station in Northeast D.C. across from which Medric Mills collapsed on Jan. 25. Neither Davis nor four firefighters did anything to help Mills, who later died at an area hospital.

An report commissioned by the D.C. Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice said that Davis and the firefighters failed to follow proper protocol. It also said that emergency dispatchers sent an ambulance to the wrong address, delaying aid to Mills.

Davis is facing six disciplinary charges, including unreasonable failure to give assistance to the public, neglect for duty of public announcement system, and neglect of duty for Violation of the Patient Bill of Rights.

The other firefighters will also face a trial board.

The panel voted unanimously to close the proceeding to the press and public, saying they were doing so for the safety of the firefighters facing charges.

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