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Wells calls for fire chief, deputy mayor to resign

Tuesday - 2/25/2014, 6:10pm  ET

BEN NUCKOLS
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A D.C. councilmember says the city's fire chief and deputy mayor for public safety should resign because of a man who died after collapsing outside a fire station and other issues in the department.

Tommy Wells, who chairs the council's judiciary committee and is running for mayor, says in a letter to Mayor Vincent Gray that there is "systemic mismanagement throughout the department." He says Chief Kenneth Ellerbe and Deputy Mayor Paul Quander should step down.

Medric Cecil Mills Jr. died last month after he went into cardiac arrest across the street from a fire station. An internal investigation revealed that five firefighters were aware that a man across the street needed help, but none came to his aid.

A spokesman for Gray calls Wells' letter "a shameless political stunt."


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