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May 10, 2014

If my house catches fire, please don't send the whitest firemen. Send the most qualified firemen.

Kellene Davis would not be qualified.

Davis is the black Fire Department Lieutenant in Washington, D.C. who was in charge when Cecil Mills had a heart attack. Mills was across the street from the fire station when his emergency arose. No one from the station came to his aid.  

Davis defended her inaction stating that paramedics were on the scene when she heard about Mills' heart attack. Another firefighter, however, said he informed the Lieutenant about the emergency across the street and Davis asked for the address.

Mills, who is also black, died.

From our source article we read:

With her attorneys at her side, D.C. Fire Lt. Kellene Davis gave her first extensive interview since the tragedy of January 25 when Cecil Mills, a longtime D.C. government employee, collapsed with a heart attack across from the fire station where Davis was in charge, and no one came out to help him.

If [I] had known someone was in distress across the street, I would have been over there immediately," Davis told ABC7 D.C. Bureau Chief Sam Ford.

“I had no idea that someone was actually having a heart attack,” she continued. "I am basically disturbed by what had transpired and the fact that Mr. Mills lost his life and I wish that help could have been given, rendered to him sooner."

According to a report put out by the city, the first came call into 911. A paramedic engine company arrived 10 minutes later.
Davis, who went before a trial board before she retired last month, insisted that by the time she found out what was going on, the ambulance was already there.

"I went to the front and I ambulance was already on the scene," Davis told ABC7.

There were clearly communication issues inside the firehouse, however. Two people allegedly approached rookie firefighter Remy Jones, who called on a PA that was not on.

Another firefighter claims he went to Davis' bunk room and told her about the incident across the street. She says she asked for an address.

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