- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Relatives of a man who died after collapsing near a District of Columbia fire station have filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the city, five firefighters and four 911 call center employees.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges that the city was negligent in not providing care to 77-year-old Medric Cecil Mills after he collapsed in January 2014 and died of cardiac arrest.

Mills was across the street from a fire station when he collapsed, and multiple people went to the station to request aid. But none of the five firefighters inside provided any help. Also, an ambulance was mistakenly sent to the wrong address.

The complaint describes a longstanding “culture of carelessness” in the District’s fire department and repeated problems with firefighters not helping people unless they get a 911 call.

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