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D.C. Fire Lieutenant Who Did Not Respond To Man's Collapse Retires

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Medric Mills died after collapsing across the street from a D.C. fire station, and was not helped by any of the firefighters there.
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Medric Mills died after collapsing across the street from a D.C. fire station, and was not helped by any of the firefighters there.

The D.C. Fire lieutenant accused of not responding to a man who collapsed across the street from her fire station is retiring — and avoiding repercussions.

Lt. Kellene Davis' move to retire comes as a trial board is weighing whether to discipline her for not properly responding when 77-year-old Medric Mills collapsed near her firehouse in Northeast D.C. in January. Mills later died, and Davis and four firefighters were charged in the case.

Now that Davis has retired — a move formalized on Thursday — she won't face any disciplinary measures in the case.

D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe had hoped the fire board would rule on the case before her retirement became official, but says there's nothing he could do to stop her from filing the paperwork to retire.

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

The four other firefighters could still be disciplined in the case.

In a statement, the Mills family says they are infuriated, adding justice was not served and the system did not work.


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