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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
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Topic - Ellerbe
City officials have asked police to investigate two fires that occurred Tuesday aboard D.C. ambulances amid a series of embarrassing failures with the District's emergency medical fleet that has affected everyone from regular residents to the president of the United States.
D.C. firefighters overwhelmingly voted no confidence in D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe at a Monday morning meeting, citing mismanagement of the department's fleet, staffing and safety failures and a pattern of retaliatory actions taken by his administration.
Federal prosecutors have moved to drop all charges against John Edwards after his corruption trial ended last month in a deadlocked jury.
"I believe this requires more than my attention, it requires the mayor's attention," he said.
Chief Ellerbe said in a statement that, despite the vote, he is optimistic about the department's future.