September 24, 2013
THE DISTRICT
Lawsuit against rescuers dismissed

A D.C. Superior Court judge this week dismissed a multimillion-dollar wrongful-death lawsuit against the D.C. fire department by the family of a District man who died of a heart attack after waiting 30 minutes for an ambulance.

In a ruling filed Monday, Judge Neal E. Kravitz affirmed the city’s motion to dismiss the case and cited District laws that shield District employees who are involved in public duty capacities, such as in emergency medical services, from financial liability.

The family of Durand A. Ford Sr. alleged in the lawsuit that Ford, 71, who collapsed in his Southeast home on Jan. 1, died because of the city was negligent, failing to provide a prompt response to a 911 call.

— Keith L. Alexander

and John Sullivan

VIRGINIA
Metro keys taken from fire truck

Items including Metro transit system keys were taken last week from an Arlington County fire truck, Arlington police said. The truck crew was treating a patient in the 500 block of South 15th Street.

A Metro spokesman said its officials do not think that the keys were the target. He declined to say what access the keys provided but said steps have been taken to ensure that security was not compromised.

— Rachel Weiner

and Dana Hedgpeth

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