D.C. Fire board hearing continues, officials kick Cecil Mills' daughter out
(WJLA) - The trial board hearing for the District of Columbia fire lieutenant who was in charge of a station when no one went to help a dying man across the street continued Friday -- and the daughter of victim Cecil Mills said she was kicked out of the proceedings.
Marie Mills and her attorney, Karen Evans, told ABC7 News that members of the disciplinary panel kicked her out of attending and listening to the proceedings Friday, for what the officials said was "the fairness and safety of the participants."
"I asked these people, do you believe that Ms. Mills; me, Karen Evans, an attorney; and the Cochran [law] firm pose a risk to the safety of the participants?" Evans told ABC7.
Marie Mills said she is concerned what her exclusion could mean about the outcome of the proceedings.
"My feeling is we will never know what happened, and justice will not be served, because it's in the hands of incompetent people," Mills told the media.
The hearing takes place nearly two months after Medric "Cecil Mills" Jr. went into cardiac arrest in a parking lot across from a fire station from Engine 26 on Rhode Island Avenue in Northeast D.C. on Jan. 25.
According to members of the Mills family, a number of people went across the street to Engine 26 to ask for help, but none provided any assistance, and directed the people to call 911.
Ultimately, a police officer flagged down a passing ambulance, which officials said was initially dispatched to the wrong address before showing up at the scene. However, Mills later died at a hospital.
Lt. Kellene Davis, who was in charge of the station on Jan. 25, is now the subject of a four-member internal disciplinary panel, which began Wednesday and continued Friday. Davis faces possible discipline for her role in the incident.
The department said that in regards to the incident, Davis did not respond when she became aware that people had approached the station and asked for help, and as a result, faced a list of neglect -of-duty charges -- from violating the patient’s bill of rights, to making false statements, to failing to document the incident on Jan. 25.
Davis briefly spoke to reporters after she exited the proceedings Friday.
"I haven't had the opportunity to express my deepest and heart-felt condolences to the Mills family," she said.
Davis denied refusing to help Cecil Mills on Jan. 25.
"I, in no way, refused to help Mr. Mills, in any way," she said. "By the time I was aware that he was having difficulties, help was already on the way."
However, that help arrived too late.
Though a total of five firefighters were on duty at Engine 26 at the time of the incident, Davis was reportedly the only one asked to testify before the panel
It is being reported that Lt. Davis has applied for retirement.
When asked by reporters if the hearing has been hard for her, and taking a toll, Davis answered, "Very much so."