Daughter: DC firefighters refused to cross street to save dying father

Her father suffered a heart attack across the street from a firehouse; the firefighters stayed put, another ambulance got lost, and the city worker died


WASHINGTON — A man collapses right across the street from a D.C. firehouse, but no one comes to help. It happened Saturday afternoon in Northeast D.C. when Medric "Cecil" Mills Jr., 77, suffered a massive heart attack in a shopping center parking lot. He later died.

The man’s daughter, Marie Mills, says several people ran to Engine 26 for help, but their desperate pleas went unanswered. "When it's a cardiac case, seconds matter and they didn't help my dad,” Mills said. She was still in disbelief when we spoke with her outside the family home in Northeast D.C. Monday.

Late Saturday afternoon, Mills says she was running errands with her father when he collapsed in a shopping center parking lot in the 1300 block of Rhode Island Avenue, NE. Mills said they could see a firefighter standing in the open doorway of the firehouse, but he wasn’t moving.

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  2. Ambulances / Emergency Vehicles
  3. Cardiac arrest
  4. EMS Management
  5. Fire-EMS
  6. Health and Wellness
  7. Patient Handling

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