D.C. Council to Investigate Man’s Death Near Station

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WASHINGTON — A D.C. Council committee will investigate the death of a man who collapsed across the street from a city fire station.

Relatives of Medric Mills told Channel 5 that he went into cardiac arrest on Saturday afternoon in a shopping center parking lot. They say several people went across the street to the station, but no firefighters or emergency medical workers walked over to help.

The 77-year-old Mills was a longtime city employee.

D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells says Mills “deserved better.” Wells chairs the council’s public safety committee, which is seeking answers from the fire department and the city’s 911 call center.

The department has dealt with a shortage of paramedics, and even when fully staffed, D.C. has fewer paramedics than other major cities with similar call volumes.

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