A D.C. fire lieutenant has gotten approval to retire after being thrust to the center of an investigation into the death of a 77-year-old man.
According to reports, Cecil Mills collapsed across the street from the fire station, and despite attempts by his family to get assistance from them, Lieutenant Kellene Davis, a 30-year veteran of the department, refused to take any action because the family did not call 911.
Davis was in charge the day of Mills’ death, and the family blames her for not walking across the street to help them. Still, after appearing before the D.C. Fire and EMS Trial Board, Davis was given permission to retire from her job without any consequences for not responding to pleas for help from the Mills family.
“We are absolutely shocked about reports that the D.C. Fire and EMS Trial Board did not take adverse actions against the D.C. Fire Lieutenant, who was in charge of the fire station that refused to help our father when he suffered a heart attack, before she was allowed to retire,” said the Mills family in a statement. “Everything about this process has been shrouded in secrecy. Because their actions are so outrageous, we now understand why the Trial Board shut the media out of the hearings and did not allow us or our attorney to attend.”
The family is not keeping quiet about their disappointment in the trial board’s decision and says that Davis should be held responsible for what happened.
“The public should be shocked that its public servants who have a duty to protect them are not held accountable when they neglect their duties,” continued the Mills family in their statement. “There should be laws on the books that hold D.C. Fire and EMS Department responsible and liable to those they harm in outrageous circumstances like that which lead to the death of our father. We are infuriated. Justice was not served. The system did not work. This is disgraceful.”
Reports say that Davis still has to face a retirement board to see if she will definitely be allowed to leave the department.