Skip to comments.Firefighters Refuse to Help Man, He Dies
Posted on 01/30/2014 10:40:58 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
(Newser) – Marie Mills' father collapsed Saturday afternoon in a shopping center parking lot across the street from a Washington, DC, firehouse—but firefighters didn't rush to his aid, despite repeated pleas for help, and Medric "Cecil" Mills, 77, died of a heart attack. Marie Mills tells WTTG that bystanders were "screaming and hollering" at a firefighter across the street, and three people even ran over to Engine 26, but they were told rescuers could not respond until 911 was called, the Washington Post reports. Sources say that when 911 was called, an ambulance and engine were dispatched from another location and went to the wrong part of the city; Mills says the only reason an ambulance eventually showed up—15 to 20 minutes later—was because a police officer saw it passing by and flagged it down. Her father, a four-decade city employee, died at the hospital.
"Several people told me the guy behind the door wouldn't open the door. He told them, 'There's nothing I can do if my lieutenant doesn't tell me to go,'" Mills says. It's unclear whether he informed his superiors about what was going on. Authorities are investigating, and 15 firefighters who were on duty that day have been called in for questioning. Officials are responding, with the mayor calling the situation "hard to accept." One expert says that while emergency workers can't "self-dispatch" and respond to calls on their own, if they see trouble, they "have a duty to go over and investigate." Adds the deputy mayor for public safety, "They don't wait to be called."
They probably got sued for doing it the last time.
Ya know, if a meteor hit DC, it’s be the single greatest improvement nature could provide the world.
I know a paramedic in DC. I find this hard to believe.
Look for the Union label.
If getting sued is worse than this, I guess...
why didn’t the firefighters just call 911?
It’s true, I don’t want to help till they call 911, as the village’s insurance will not cover me until that happens. I am an EMT here, in my village.
there’s more to it.
No excuse can justify this. Fire the entire house.
But over 80% of those in DC support zero...
Only if it was big enough to pancake the entire city.
This is why communists liberal America is finished and may never come back. We have moved so close to Nazism that it scares me that millions of Americans have no idea. Ignorance has beep pushed by the communists Democratic party for years and the truth may never reach these brain dead idiots.
I should hope so.
I am well aware of law suits and their effects.
One workplace here had guards patrolling the premises in a car and would offer to help employees jump start their cars.
The company got sued by an employee because his battery was damaged (or so they claim) so the policy was changed so guards were not allowed to help.
Stories like this get reported every few months, giving people time to cool down from the last outrage before they get outraged again.
In the fire service that’s known as a “still alarm” and it’s criminal the crew didn’t respond.
“theres more to it.”
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