DC FEMS Lieutenant Kellene Davis is being allowed to retire despite being the focus of an investigation into the death of Cecil Mills.
In January of this year 77-year old Cecil Mills was at a shopping plaza across from Washington DC Engine 26 when he suffered a heart attack and collapsed. Allegedly numerous bystanders and his daughter asked the firefighters at the station to come and help, but were told that they had to be dispatched to the assignment in order to do anything. The investigation that has followed is focusing on Lt. Kellene Davis who was the officer in charge at Engine 26 that day. She put in her retirement papers shortly after being placed on leave for the investigation.
The DC Fire and EMS Trial Board has now given permission to Lt. Kellene Davis to retire without repercussions for her alleged neglect of duty. The case, although separated by nearly 5 years, has drawn strong parallels to the case of Eutisha Rennix and the FDNY Dispatchers on a coffee break. That case just concluded earlier this week when the judge threw it out of court due to the definition of “gross negligence” requiring the patient or a family member being the one to request help. It would appear, at first glance of the accounts, that the case of Cecil Mills would meet that requirement.
The family of Cecil Mills released this statement regarding the news:
“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. 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.
This is yet another example demonstrating that the D.C. government and Fire and EMS Department does not care about its citizens. We are angry and frustrated that the Trial Board has allowed the Lieutenant who did not do her job and whose inaction prevented a life from being saved is allowed to retire with no adverse action being taken.
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. 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.”