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Video: Former D.C. Lt. speaks of failure to help dying man

Lt. Kellene Davis: "If I had known someone was in distress across the street, I would have been over there immediately"

By EMS1 Staff

WASHINGTON — A D.C. fire lieutenant gave her first extensive interview after failing to help a man dying from a heart attack across the street from her fire station.

WJLA reported that D.C. Fire Lt. Kellene Davis, who went before a trial board before she retired last month, insisted that by the time she found out what was going on, the ambulance was already there.

“If I had known someone was in distress across the street, I would have been over there immediately,” Lt. Davis said. I had no idea that someone was actually having a heart attack. I am basically disturbed by what had transpired and the fact that Cecil Mills lost his life and I wish that help could have been given, rendered to him sooner.”

Another firefighter claims he went to Davis' bunk room and told her about the incident across the street, according to the report. Lt. Davis says she asked for an address, but never received one, according to the report.

However, attorney Donna Rucker says if this is true, it would constitute a glaring omission from the city’s report.

"If you are going to look at the fact that she said, 'Get me an address,' whether people find that to be an appropriate comment or not, the ultimate question is did that particular comment result in a delay for help or assistance? I think the Mills family would like to know that it did not," Rucker said.

The department said Lt. Davis failed to write up the incident and did not tell her superior, according to the report. This is when she was brought up on neglect-of-duty charges, but retired before punishment could be issued.

Lt. Davis expressed condolences to the Mills family, and wants people to know that she's "not a monster."

"I feel bad because that's not how I am," she said.

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Greg Gaskill Greg Gaskill Saturday, May 10, 2014 12:06:57 PM Rightt...10 minutes until ems arrived. what did she do for 10 minutes then?? And the rookie couldn't run over?
Greg Gaskill Greg Gaskill Saturday, May 10, 2014 12:08:10 PM I need an address --how about ACROSS THE DAMN STREET! lol
Mike Tragesser Mike Tragesser Saturday, May 10, 2014 12:43:50 PM OK, let me get this straight. So what you are telling us is that the station intercom was "not [turned] on", so the rookie runs upstairs to her bunkroom, tells her a man is down across the street, and her response is to ask him for the address, as if "across the street" was not good enough? Then it took her 10+ minutes to look outside and see the incident unfolding? All the while her fire engine company never turned a wheel, and was in a "stand down" mode? And her defense is, basically, "There is no way I would ever do that.", but she obviously did? Is she trying to call the rookie a liar? That time itself conspired against her? Also in her defense, "Now I am sad about it". How about, "no lo contendre" or just "guilty as charged"? Just tell the world why you did not go and what were you thinking. Like, "I totally screwed up and did not do my job?". The family and the public deserve the truth. We can't have the world thinking firefighters are callous toward medical emergencies.
Sylvester Maith Junior Sylvester Maith Junior Saturday, May 10, 2014 12:50:24 PM Umm get out your bunk and go investigate!!! #makeuslookbad
Mary Benoit Mary Benoit Saturday, May 10, 2014 3:59:33 PM You say you aren't that way ? Obviously you are that way, an unfeeling lazy bitch.
Lennard Fadlen Lennard Fadlen Sunday, May 11, 2014 12:47:55 AM ahhh hmmmm whats the adress hmmmm STUPID HE SAID ACROSS THE STREET , WHAT DOES SHE MEAN NUMBER --33333 WASHINGTON ACROSS THE STREET USA , hmmmm stupid
Lennard Fadlen Lennard Fadlen Sunday, May 11, 2014 12:50:31 AM and yeah dint they scream for help , guess shes stupid and deaf no excuse for what she did , shes a disgrace for all american ems and rescue dept. all over america so sad

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