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D.C. Fire report: EMT showed no concern for dying man

The department alleges that the firefighter "showed virtually no concern for the patient" and rather than initiate a response, he "did absolutely nothing"

By EMS1 Staff

WASHINGTON — When Cecil Mills, 77, collapsed across the street from a fire station, five D.C. Fire and EMS employees were inside the station.

On Monday, the agency detailed the administrative charges and specifications leveled against one of those firefighters, WJLA reported.

The document written by the assistant chief of operations states: "In his special report, FF/EMT George Martin deceptively and evasively describes the incident ..."

Firefighter Martin’s report says he was "cleaning up after lunch, heard the rookie FF Jones call Lt. Davis to come to the watch desk … it was urgent," according to the report.

Firefighter Martin said he "heard nothing else until the run was dispatched."

According to a city investigation, firefighter Garrett Murphy, who also faces punishment, told Lt. Davis about the incident.

However, his report contradicts firefighter Martin’s report that stated: "FF/EMT Garrett Murphy confirms that after speaking with Probationer Jones at the watch desk, 'I went back to the kitchen and told FF Dave Dennis and FF George Martin that a rookie had a man down across the street.'"

The department alleges that firefighter Martin "showed virtually no concern for this patient" and "rather than initiate a response, Martin did absolutely nothing," according to the report.

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