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D.C. Fire Department to Investigate Death of Medric Mills

The mayor's office has called for the D.C. Fire and EMS Department to launch an internal investigation into the death of 77-year-old Medric Cecil Mills, who collapsed across the street from a fire station on Rhode Island Avenue NE Saturday and later died, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Paul Quander says.

The nearby firefighters reportedly did not assist Mills and instructed his daughter to call 911, saying they could not respond unless they were dispatched.

Quander says there is no such policy on the books and, if rescue personnel were on the scene, they should have responded.

"It is expected that when people are in need that fire personnel will in fact respond immediately," he says.

Quander has no timeline for when the investigation would conclude, but says it will be "thorough and quick."

Due to an editing error, the post incorrectly attributed Quander's comments to a press release. Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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  • Ward-8

    I wonder what this Jerk Firefighter would have done if their was fire next door or at the Fire station and no one call 911 even though he had access to a radio to notify the Dispatcher . He is probably one of those fire Fighters who commutes from West Virginia or Pennsylvania and could care less about the residents of the District, but only the large Income he earns that he could not earn in West Virginia or Pennsylvania. Yes, commute to the city, do as little as possible, take my pay check and taxes and go back to my spread.

  • watchdogdc

    The reports are the rookie firefighter was recently released from the training academy which would mean he must have been one of the recently graduated cadets that was portrayed on channel 4 news about a month ago. With this individual being a cadet that would make them a District of Columbia Resident which is a requirement to be accepted into the cadet program. So this is one of your own. I believe the Lt. in charge of the company that day was also a product of the cadet program years ago. By the way this same Lt. was the subject of another news story last year that involved the theft of materials from a barn where she housed her horses out in Maryland.

  • noodlez

    @WATCHDOG-WHAT REPORTS ARE YOU BASING YOUR COMMENT ON WHEN THE INVESTIGATION INTO INCIDENT JUST BEGUN?

    YOU SOUND LIKE SOME JEALOUS BITTER REDNECK QUICK TO LAY BLAME ON A BLACK PERSON WITH YOUR FAKE ASS CODE RACIST WORDS "THIS IS ONE OF YOUR OWN".

  • Corky

    This story enrages me to no end. Why would anyone become a firefighter, a first responder whose job is to save lives, if he is so indifferent to a person suffering on the street? This guy should be fired immediately. No appeals, none of that union nonsense. This is gross misconduct and is inexcusable. The people of the District deserve better than this and anyone who would turn his back on a person clearly in distress doesn't deserve to wear a firefighter's uniform.

  • S.E.

    "I believe the Lt. in charge of the company that day was also a product of the cadet program years ago."

    Do you know what you're talking about?

  • watchdogdc

    Noodles The comment comes from information from Paul Wagner on Fox 5 News today that stated the Firefighter involved was a recent graduate from the Fire Departments Training Academy. There was also a story on Channel 4 news portraying the graduating of the most recent cadets which ties the two together. As far as what you perceive to be a racist comment I never mentioned any race you did. I stated one of your own meaning a District Resident. The District of Columbia is made of many races and ethnical people therefore I would never comment on the race of a person. The race of a person or his or hers ethnical background have no baring on the decisions or choice they make or actions they take. If you read the previous comment prior to mine on the board you will see there was a post that related to where a person lives which is not the issue is what I was pointing out. The issue should be that the individual or individuals involved failed to act properly in the situation which delayed medical care to the person needing it. That's the issue not what color or where you live.

  • noodlez

    @CORKY-YES ONE SHOULD NOT BE IN A PROFESSION THAT HELP FOLK IF YOU DO NOT HAVE IT IN YOU NATURALLY TO HELP FOLK!

    THAT IS LIKE WHITTLING TOWARDS YOURSELF AND PISSING IN THE WIND.

  • stick2yourguns

    first time I have ever heard paul quander say something that makes sense....also that fire fighter should be fired....now call that in.

  • Calvin H. Gurley

    Watchdogdc - mistakenly stated, “…With this individual being a cadet that would make them a District of Columbia Resident which is a requirement to be accepted into the cadet program…”

    I have a brother who was a former D.C. Fire Inspector and who graduated from the D.C. Fire Academy. Anyone who wants to be a D.C. Fire Fighter must enroll and graduate from the D.C. Fire Academy. That means, Volunteer Fire Fighters and residents from states outside the District of Columbia are not required to become D.C. residents to enroll in the academy. Therefore, the recent graduate, from the academy, can possibly be a resident from another state outside of the District.

    WRONGFUL HIRING OPPORTUNITIES AND THE U.S. CONGRESS
    New hires of D.C. Fire Fighters, from outside the District, can have first rights to D.C. Fire Dept. jobs given a Congressional intervention that – eliminated the law requiring D.C. Firefighters to live within a 20 mile radius of the U.S. Capitol; and change the hiring requirements so that those with “prior certification” as firefighters, are hired first.

    I wonder why D.C. Fire Chief Denis Rubin refused to spend $10 million dollars, appropriated by the D.C. Council, to administered the D.C. Fire Cadet Programs in our local high schools. But, misused the $10 million to pay additional overtime to, selected, fire department personnel.

    The U.S. Congress enriching their voting home district’s residents with our District of Columbia Government jobs.

    Calvin H. Gurley
    Candidate for the D.C. Council 2014

  • noodlez

    @WATCH-DON'T TRY TO CLEAN THAT SHIT UP MOFO. I KNEW WHAT YOU MEANT OR YOU WOULDN'T HAVE MENTIONED IT IF YOU DIDN'T WANT TO MAKE A POINT.

    SO ACCORDING TO YOUR LOGIC THE FIREFIGHTERS WHO WAS IN THE STATION THAT DAY RESIDES IN OR ORIGINALLY FROM DC WAS A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR IN THE NON-RESPONSE WHICH CULMINATED IN THIS BROTHER'S DEATH? REALLY?? SO YOU ARE GOING TO REFOCUS THIS TRAGEDY TO SOME OTHER STUPIDITY? THE ACT WASN'T ENOUGH?

    SLIM YOU DON'T HAVE TO SPECIFICALLY MENTION RACE TO BE A RACIST OR MAKE A RACIAL COMMENT FOR THAT MATTER. I MAKE RACIAL COMMENTS ALL THE FUCKING TIME WITH OUT MENTIONING RACE BECAUSE I KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BEING RACIAL AND BEING A RACIST.

    WHOEVER WAS INVOLVED IN THIS DID THEY FUCK UP? YES. WAS IT TRAGIC? YES. IT DIDN'T REQUIRE YOU TO DELVE INTO SOME IGNORANT WACKADOODLENESS ABOUT RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS AND THE MERE FACT THAT YOU DID WHEN YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY LACKING CONCRETE INFO ABOUT THIS TRAGIC STORY SHOWED WHO YOU TRULY ARE.

  • WORLD CLASS CITY

    Regardless of race, why are hiring just-out-of high-schoolers to be firefighters? No time to prove that they're fully-formed adults. Make them be 21 to get hired. Make them take the test, if they're not sharp enough to score in the top 100 or so, make them wait a few more years.

    Mr. Gurley - the cadet program is ONLY for DCPS graduates. Ellerbe has only hired DCPS Graduate cadets, veterans, and certified paramedics. Any new probationer is a cadet, and is therefore a DCPS graduate (though not necessarily still a DC resident).

    If DOES spent money training & certifying residents as FF, instead of employing DCPS Graduates as cadets, DC residents could get jobs even when DCFEMS wasn't hiring. But instead of training 100's of residents, they give away cadet jobs to 10s of (connected) residents.

  • S.E.

    Why make them wait until they're 21? Why have them score in the top 100?

    You can start at your "Volly House" at 16 and there's NO test required. Yet these are some of the same individuals that make up the MAJORITY of the Department.

  • WORLD CLASS CITY

    Because men (&women) mature a lot between 18 and 21. Because whatever test they give should select for qualified candidates, and the job of RESPONDING TO emergencies, rendering care, and performing rescues is important enough to hire the most qualified candidate.

    Volunteers bring their own newsworthy failures, but by the nature of being volunteers, they are at least interested in doing the job for free, whereas Lt. Davis, and perhaps others at this firehouse, does not seem to be interested in doing the job at all.

    Allowing a 16 (or 18) year old volunteer to join the local fire company doesn't preclude another volunteer from joining. Paying a young, untested, no record of lawfulness, cadet to learn the job means that a more mature, experienced, candidate with years of clean records cannot be paid.

  • S.E.

    If one were to follow your argument, one would be lead to believe that there's no testing process at all. That is not true. The Cadets are tested weekly during their training just as those who take the entrance exam.

    As you have stated: "Lt. Davis, and perhaps others at this firehouse, does not seem to be interested in doing the job at all," how many of the "others" were products of the entrance exam as opposed to cadets?

  • Vinny Grey

    Welcome to D.C. where people just want a cushy government paycheck without having to work for it. This is why the DCFD has over 3/4 of it's entire workforce call in sick every holiday. It's why they've got some of the worst response times in the country. It's why their 911 operators hang up on people. It's why half the kids that graduate from DC public schools can't even read. It's a whole society of lazy, entitled bums who think making the barest possible effort is always good enough.

  • WORLD CLASS CITY

    S.E. -- I am referring to an Entrance Exam, administered by dozens of relatively impartial proctors that has a "pass rate" of a few hundred out of a few thousand, not weekly pass/fail quizzes administered by Cadet instructors that have a vested interest in seeing kids pass. Even if the entrance exam is exhausted over many years, the less competitive candidates have more time to mature and prove that they can stay out of trouble.

    I don't have a problem with targeting city residents for city jobs. I just don't think that they should displace more qualified candidates (as determined by an entrance exam) nor do I think that they should be hired at 18-20.

    I'd rather see scarce DOES money spent broadly training & certifying many than on employing a select few. For the cost of employing 30 kids for a year, 1000's could be trained in CPR, EMT, CNA, or even LPN, which would end up employing and giving opportunity to far more people.

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