WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The District of Columbia government has released its internal investigation into the death of a man who collapsed near a city fire station and didn’t receive care from anyone working there.
Medric Cecil Mills went into cardiac arrest in a shopping center parking lot last month and later died. His relatives say several people went across the street to the fire station, but no firefighters or emergency medical workers walked over to help.
City officials had said they could not discipline anyone until the investigation was finished.
The document reflecting the investigation findings, released Friday, says four Office of Unified Communications employees have been recommended for disciplinary action for their roles in sending an ambulance to the wrong address. OUC is the District’s emergency call center.
Of the five individuals who were at the fire station during the incident, one has been charged and is scheduled to appear before the city’s Fire Trial Board March 4. Charges against three others are pending. A probationer firefighter who was on the scene will be issued a final agency decision letter before the expiration of his probationary period.
The lieutenant who supervised the station and another firefighter were placed on administrative leave following the incident, and the lieutenant has filed for retirement.
Mayor Vincent Gray has called the incident “an outrage.”
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