WASHINGTON (MyFoxDC) - The D.C. fire lieutenant at the center of the investigation in the death of Cecil Mills went before a D.C. Fire and EMS trial board Wednesday. Kellene Davis is facing six separate neglect of duty charges, including failure to command her unit and making false statements.
Kellene Davis is facing six separate neglect of duty charges, including failure to command her unit and making false statements.
Mills collapsed across the street from the firehouse on Rhode Island Avenue on January 25 and no one left the building to help him.
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Lt. Davis said nothing to reporters as she came and went from the hearing room. We were allowed inside for the first few minutes until the battalion chief in charge of the hearing said all four members of the board voted to close it to the public and we would all have to leave.
For the rest of the morning, we watched as all four members assigned to work with Lt. Davis on Truck 15 that day came to testify.
Inside the room, Davis and her representatives sat across from lawyers with the attorney general’s office. The witnesses sat to the lieutenant’s left and the judging officers to her right.
We spent most of our day watching firefighters come and go from the hearing room. None said a word. Some even covered their name plates.
Much of we can report did not come from the hearing room, but from that internal report that was leaked to FOX 5 last month.
Here are some relevant highlights:
The only other firefighter, along with Lt. Davis, to be placed on administrative leave is Garrett Murphy. He spent the most time being questioned by the lawyers and the panel of fire officials.
Along with Davis and Murphy, the other firefighters assigned to Truck 15 the day Mills collapsed were George Martin, David Dennis and the rookie, Remy Jones.
Murphy told investigators he talked to Jones after hearing him on the intercom asking the lieutenant to come to the watch desk.
Murphy says he then went and told Lt. Davis what was going on. She asked for an address. Murphy says he got one and gave it to Jones.
Murphy said he went back to the kitchen and expected to be dispatched, but it never happened.
The two other firefighters assigned to Truck 15 that day, Dennis and Martin, also testified at the hearing.
Lt. Davis has put in for her retirement not long after she charges were brought against her. That retirement was supposed to kick in sometime this month. It is unclear on what could happen to her if she loses her job and if she loses her retirement benefits.
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A spokesperson for deputy mayor says all of witnesses have testified in the case against Lt. Davis and has gone into recess until Friday morning.