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Fire chief Kenneth Ellerbe has held onto his job through more than a year of controversy over a man’s death outside a D.C. fire station, slow response times, an injured D.C. police officer and a man who died of a heart attack on a day that one-third of the firefighters on duty called in sick. The mayor’s spokesman has made it clear that Ellerbe’s job is safe for now.


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