Medric Cecil Mills Jr. did not have to die


A news conference is held across from D.C. Engine Company 26 in reaction to the death of 77-year-old Medric Cecil Mills Jr. on Feb. 6. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

The city report on the death of Medric Cecil Mills Jr. is, to put it lightly, a tough read. When Mills collapsed on Jan. 25 and onlookers rushed across the street to Engine 26 for help, they met a rookie firefighter unsure of what to do. He approached other firefighters and a lieutenant in the house, who did little or nothing to help, and meanwhile, a 911 dispatching error led another fire truck to be mistakenly sent across town. In all, the report recommends discipline for five firefighters and four 911 staffers. Mills’s daughter says “changes have to be made,” and a D.C. Council committee will examine the incident in greater detail later today. Veteran journalist Dave Statter wonders why doesn’t the buck stop with Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe, while WRC-TV’s Jim Vance asks the most baffling question of all: “How do you not help a brother out?” More from WTTG-TVWaTimesWRC-TVWJLA-TVWAMU-FM and AP.

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Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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