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Trial boards delayed in death case of Cecil Mills

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Medric "Cecil" Mills Jr. Medric "Cecil" Mills Jr.
Medric Cecil Mills (Photo courtesy of the Mills family) Medric Cecil Mills (Photo courtesy of the Mills family)
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It is a case that has caught the attention of many in the District. 77-year-old Cecil Mills collapsed and died across from a D.C. firehouse after firefighters did not come to help him despite pleas from his daughter and others.

On Monday, we now know the disciplinary charges one of those firefighters is facing from the board investigating what happened that day.

The D.C. Fire Trial Board went on a fact-finding mission after Mills died. There have been lots of interviews and statements taken.

Now, the second firefighter inside Engine Company 26 on the day Mills died has learned what he is accused of doing -- or not doing.

“When it is a cardiac case, seconds matter and they didn't help my dad,” said Mills’ daughter, Marie.

On January 25, Marie’s 77-year-old father went into cardiac arrest at a Northeast D.C. shopping center parking lot directly across from Engine 26. Mills’ daughter said she begged members of the firehouse for help as she watched her father die, but they refused to assist.

One of the accused firefighters, George Martin, faced the trial board on Monday. The board is investigating the employees’ actions surrounding Mills’ death.

The trial board’s charges against Martin are neglect of duty, failing to assist the public, making a false statement about the incident and bringing discredit to the D.C. fire department.

But Martin's attorney asked the trial board for a continuance and got it.

The lieutenant supervising Engine Company 26 on the day Mills died had her day before the trial board back in March.

Kellene Davis was a 30-year veteran of the department. She faced six charges from the board for neglect of duty, but she asked for immediate retirement, so she managed to avoid any disciplinary action the board may have taken against her, which could have included termination.

More firefighters are on the hot seat. David Dennis and Garrett Murphy were scheduled to face disciplinary hearings this week, but the trial board granted them continuances as well.

Firefighter Remy Jones, who was also at the firehouse that day, is a rookie. The department can discipline him without a trial board hearing.

It looks like it will be June before the trial board hearings resume for the firefighters. And they will have an opportunity to make their cases before any punishment is handed down.


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