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DC lieutenant retires without facing disciplinary action

Lt. Kellene Davis’ retirement was approved before she could face punishment after a man suffered a heart attack and died across the street from a firehouse

WASHINGTON — A D.C. fire lieutenant accused of not helping an elderly man who was dying across from her firehouse has retired without facing disciplinary action.

WUSA9 reported that Lt. Kellene Davis’ retirement was approved before she could face a possible punishment after 77-year-old Cecil Mills suffered a heart attack and died across the street from her firehouse.

Now that her retirement has been approved, she cannot face disciplinary action because the board hadn’t made a decision in her case yet, according to the report.

Fire officials said that since Lt. Davis submitted her second request in a timely manner, and since she was eligible for retirement, Chief Ken Ellerbe was required to accept it.

Cecil Mills’ family issued the following statement to WUSA9 reporters: “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.”

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Pam Trainor Pam Trainor Tuesday, April 15, 2014 9:45:30 AM Lame.
Tatsiana Rakovich Tatsiana Rakovich Tuesday, April 15, 2014 9:49:03 AM Question is, does she receive full benefits and pension?
Ken Miller Ken Miller Tuesday, April 15, 2014 10:02:46 AM put her in a building withot her gear and light it off
Jacob Wentz Jacob Wentz Tuesday, April 15, 2014 10:09:53 AM That's what I was thinking. I'm not 100% sure, but according to a report I read earlier, she gets everything because she technically the board didn't have any actions against her yet.
Anthony Grant Anthony Grant Tuesday, April 15, 2014 10:14:00 AM Looks like the LT knew the system and worked it. Timely request indeed. Its sad that the LT won't be facing disciplinary action, but what's to stop the family from a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court? Quite a sad situation.... though not one worthy of putting her into a burning building sans gear. Fortunately cooler (no pun intended) heads prevailed. Punished? Absolutely... put to death? Nope. my 2 cents for what its worth.
Jim Reginelli Jim Reginelli Tuesday, April 15, 2014 10:41:21 AM Black and female makes you fireproof
Todd Fisher Todd Fisher Tuesday, April 15, 2014 10:43:03 AM This ain't over yet I don't believe. I hope the family takes her to court for a civil suit.
Jason Molitor Jason Molitor Tuesday, April 15, 2014 11:19:54 AM Civil suit
Louis Kirby Louis Kirby Tuesday, April 15, 2014 11:25:37 AM Whether she gets full, or partial, its wrong!
Jacob Wentz Jacob Wentz Tuesday, April 15, 2014 11:29:33 AM I agree 100%. It's a bunch of BS.
Terry Edwards Terry Edwards Tuesday, April 15, 2014 11:53:27 AM This is DC we are talking about - why such a surprise?
Mason Kneedler Mason Kneedler Tuesday, April 15, 2014 2:20:52 PM Did she know the heart attack was taking place?
Aaron Haber Aaron Haber Tuesday, April 15, 2014 2:22:00 PM Total BS, She had a duty to act and she didn't. The family should file a civil suit.
Kenneth Barnes Kenneth Barnes Tuesday, April 15, 2014 3:32:42 PM She did NOT do her job. Her job is to save LIFE, and now she is getting paid for not doing it. She knew she was at fault, that is why she retired when she did.
Raymond Ironfist Williams Raymond Ironfist Williams Tuesday, April 15, 2014 3:36:09 PM Really? I'll ask the other jobless, incarcerated black women if that's true.
Steve Carter Steve Carter Tuesday, April 15, 2014 3:48:38 PM Her integrity shines through again
Andrew Collins Andrew Collins Tuesday, April 15, 2014 5:23:24 PM I'd love to know the specifics of this call
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 6:37:06 PM Free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty and the D.C trial board she's free at last!
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 6:46:28 PM If only there were some way to play the race card here. Let's see. Victim black, check. Family black, check. Perpetrator black, check. Hmmmm. Guest not.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 6:56:07 PM He said it makes them "fire proof," not "stupid proof." When you look at all the folks walking around free and compare them to the ones locked up, the difference isn't that both groups haven't committed crimes. The difference is the ones locked up were too slow, stupid and drunk not to get caught. You got to be pretty damn dumb not to stay out of prison in this country's penal system. I'm black. I'm jobless. I've broken law. I'm not in there. Cause I'm not stupid drunk and slow bro.
Raymond Ironfist Williams Raymond Ironfist Williams Tuesday, April 15, 2014 8:05:51 PM Sometimes, the smart ones get caught too.
Brian Fox Brian Fox Tuesday, April 15, 2014 8:23:40 PM I don't know the laws of the area but in my opniom it the family should still have a case. If nothing else in civil court.
Steve Cole Steve Cole Tuesday, April 15, 2014 11:16:53 PM Qualified immunity most likely prevents it
Robert Hutson Robert Hutson Wednesday, April 16, 2014 5:19:43 AM She may not want them at this point but the state should pull every certification she has. This will keep her from working privately ass a Medic or EMT.
Chris Sanchez Chris Sanchez Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:39:54 AM Not knowing all the facts, I'll say this, the family may file civil or criminal charges as she had a duty to act and failed. she also no longer has protection from her union, since she retired...can you say "bye bye pension"??
Donald Snyder Donald Snyder Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:50:39 AM Thats wrong, Whatever happened to Duty To Act, and if this retirement and no disipline is policy, the union needs some serious revamping
Medic Lifeline Medic Lifeline Wednesday, April 16, 2014 12:31:23 PM What a total WTF, I hope the family can take action. This is beyond belief and to let her retire with benefits after knowing she was in the wrong. Disgusting.
Jamin Salazar Jamin Salazar Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:25:34 PM Pretty much
Nancy Newell Nancy Newell Wednesday, April 16, 2014 8:52:17 PM no, please let me at him.....please.....
Jeff Teeters Jeff Teeters Thursday, April 17, 2014 7:56:55 AM What a class-act fire officer. Retire to save yourself, and leave the rest of your company to burn. There's a special place in hell for these people.
Paul Russell Sr Paul Russell Sr Thursday, April 17, 2014 2:52:59 PM Makes you not want to vapor lock in D.C. Must had been promoted to Lt. Because of how good she was with the mattress races. She should be sued
Elizabeth InGeorgia Elizabeth InGeorgia Sunday, April 20, 2014 2:29:20 PM Would love to have a grandfather like you Miller. :)

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