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Cecil Mills death investigation centers on Engine 26 employees

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(WJLA) - Sources tell ABC7 that Lt. Kellene Davis is one of several D.C. Fire and EMS employees at the center of the investigation into Engine 26. Specifically, the investigation is questioning the agency’s response to a medical emergency on Saturday outside of the firehouse that left longtime city employee, Cecil Mills Jr., dead after a heart attack.

Earlier on Wednesday, our cameras captured Lt. Davis in the passenger seat of a ladder truck, covering her face to avoid being seen.

According to the Mills, family, the 77-year-old collapsed in cardiac arrest across the street from Engine 26 on Rhode Island Avenue in Northeast D.C. The family also says a number of people went across the street to ask for help, but instead were told to call 911.

At a mayoral forum Wednesday night, city leaders expressed outrage.

"Everything I've seen up until now has been horrific. If it could have gone wrong, it did in this situation," said D.C. Mayor Gray.

"Two things happened," added Councilmember Tommy Wells. "One was that no one came out of the fire house to help this gentleman. The other is the ambulance that was dispatched was dispatched to the wrong place. This was a number of fiascos."

Mill’s daughter Marie hasn’t been silent either:

"Protocol is heartless. It's heartless and that's how I felt because the person stood there and watched the entire thing and did nothing to help."

Sources say those who rushed over to the fire hall for help first met a rookie who had been on the job only for a couple of months. Sources say he asked Lt. Davis, who was in a bunk room, what to do. She responded that the family had to call 911 before reportedly returning to the bunk room.

Cecil Mills died that day, and now the department has launched a full internal investigation.

"The pain and the suffering that the family has gone through is unacceptable," said Deputy Mayor Paul Quander.

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