D.C. Lieutenant Denies Refusing to Help Patient

Retired fire officer was center of patient death investigation


 
 

WJLA | | Monday, May 12, 2014


WASHINGTON (WJLA) - ABC7 News D.C. Bureau Chief Sam Ford sat down for an exclusive interview Thursday with Lt. Kellene Davis, the woman in charge of Fire Station 26 at the time a beloved local man went into cardiac arrest just across the street, and later died.

Cecil Mills Jr. went into cardiac arrest in a parking lot across from Fire Station 26 on Rhode Island Avenue in Northeast D.C. on Jan. 25.

According to members of the Mills family, a number of people went across the street to Engine 26 to ask for help, but none provided any assistance, and directed the people to call 911.

Ultimately, a police officer flagged down a passing ambulance, which officials said was initially dispatched to the wrong address before showing up at the scene. However, Mills later died at a hospital.

Lt. Kellene Davis, who was in charge of the station on Jan. 25, later found herself the subject of a four-member internal disciplinary panel, and faced possible discipline for her role in the incident.

JEMS: D.C. Fire and EMS Officer is Center of Investigation

The department said that in regards to the incident, Davis did not respond when she became aware that people had approached the station and asked for help, and as a result, faced a list of neglect -of-duty charges -- from violating the patient’s bill of rights, to making false statements, to failing to document the incident on Jan. 25.

Davis briefly spoke to reporters after she exited proceedings last month, denying that she refused to help Mills on Jan. 25.

"I, in no way, refused to help Mr. Mills, in any way," she said. "By the time I was aware that he was having difficulties, help was already on the way."

In the end, Davis' retirement was approved before any disciplinary action could be decided upon.

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