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Family Claims Firefighter Let Senior Die Despite Calls For Help

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -

Firefighters didn't respond to pleas from a dying man across the street, says a Washington, DC family as they search for answers. Cecil Mills, 77, died in his home across the street from a fire station.

The fire department has said nothing of the incident, but the focus of the investigation is on Lieutenant Davis, according to the Deputy Mayor For Public Safety, Paul Quander.

"We know we had a very probationary employee at the facility and the first response is to ask a senior person and we believe that was done - the question now is what did that senior person say, what did that person do? Did they follow protocol and procedures?" said Quander.

Mills was an employee of the Department of Parks and Recreation when he died.

"This just shouldn't have happened. We need to find out why it did occur and make sure it never happens again. On behalf of the DC Fire Fighters Association, I offer Mr. Mills' family a sincere apology," said Ed Smith, president of the Firefighters Union in a recently issued statement.

Marie Mills, Cecil Mills' daughter, is still coming to terms with her father's death. She was trying to call for help when her father was dying.

"The rookie should have made a conscious decision as a human being, he should have come to offer assistance, if he would have offered assistance, no matter the outcome, no matter what his job was, my family is the kind of family that would have stuck behind him," she said.

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