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  • 'Too many' The family of Medric Cecil Mills Jr. surrounds attorney Karen Evans as she says they are fighting the District not only on behalf of the man who died after medics refused to treat him, but also for other casualties of the city's public duty doctrine. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Family challenges D.C. law protecting medics after man dies near fire station

    For decades, the "public duty doctrine" has been cited by judges across the country to dismiss any number of cases seeking to hold police, firefighters and paramedics accountable for seemingly egregious violations of their duty.

  • Washington, D.C. Fire and EMS Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe speaks at a press conference held at Fire and EMS headquarters on his proposed plan to redeploy the department’s emergency medical service workers into a configuration that would leave ambulances staffed with no paramedics during the overnight hours, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, November 13, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    D.C. fire union chief calls sabotage claim ‘nuts’

    The District's ambulances have been sabotaged. The assertion, laid out in a D.C. inspector general's report, is the latest tit-for-tat allegation highlighting the erosion of relations between labor and management within the city's Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department.

  • A photograph obtained by The Washington Times shows one of 1,750 brand-new, National Fire Protection Association-compliant polo-style shirts that have sat unused in crates in the D.C. fire department's warehouse because they display an outdated patch. The shirts cost about $70,000.

    $70,000 in D.C. fire department shirts unused because of patch

    Nearly $70,000 worth of brand-new shirts ordered by the District's fire department have gone unused because they are adorned with the wrong emblem, fire officials testified Wednesday.

  • D.C. Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray introduces his public-safety team, flanked by Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier, whom he renamed, and Paul. A. Quander Jr., his pick as deputy mayor for public safety. (Associated Press)

    Gray taps Ellerbe as D.C. fire chief

    A former deputy chief who left the city under unusual circumstances was named to lead the District's fire department on Thursday, the same day Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray announced he would retain Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier.

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