Watchdog: Accountability

Family calls for firings after death near station

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Relatives of a man who died after he collapsed across the street from a Washington fire station are calling for the firefighters involved in his case to be fired.

Relatives of Medric Cecil Mills say several people asked firefighters for help after he collapsed on Jan. 25, but no one walked across the street to assist him. In addition, an ambulance was initially sent to the wrong address. The 77-year-old Mills, a longtime city employee, was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The family has hired attorney Karen Evans to represent them. Evans is also calling for changes in the law that makes it difficult to sue city agencies.

District of Columbia officials are investigating the incident, but they say no disciplinary action can be taken until the investigation is complete.

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