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D.C. Fire Chief Remains Silent during Investigation into Patient’s Death


WASHINGTON (MyFoxDC) - D.C.'s fire chief remained silent Monday on the investigation into the death of Cecil Mills and the firefighters who stayed inside their station despite repeated pleas for help.

Mills, 77, suffered a massive heart attack a week ago Saturday and later died.

The lifelong city resident and D.C. government employee waited at least nine minutes for an ambulance despite collapsing right across the street from the station in the 1300 block of Rhode Island Avenue in Northeast D.C.

Two firefighters, including a lieutenant, have been placed on desk duty and a rookie has been transferred.

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A spokesperson for the deputy mayor for public safety says the chief doesn't want the investigation to be influenced by something he might say publicly.

The results of that investigation, including the reasons why the first ambulance was sent to the wrong quadrant of the city, are expected later this week or the beginning of next week.

The rookie firefighter, who told people trying to get help for Mills he couldn't do anything without an order from his lieutenant and to instead call 911, has not been placed on desk duty and has instead been transferred to another station.

Meanwhile, the Mills family is now being represented by the Cochran law firm and a representative of that firm says there are plans to hold a news conference sometime this week.


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