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Some DC council members say Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe should step down

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D.C. Fire and EMS Chief Kenneth Ellerbe D.C. Fire and EMS Chief Kenneth Ellerbe
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An investigation is still underway after Cecil Mills had a massive heart attack across the street from a firehouse in Northeast D.C.

City leaders are reacting and some say the fire chief should step down.

It is a story that has so many people shaking their heads why the longtime D.C. employee didn’t get the life-saving care he needed outside a D.C. firehouse.

“It's not just the fact that they would not come out of the firehouse and help with this gentleman at his daughter’s request, but they sent the ambulance to the wrong quadrant of the city,” said D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells.

Wells chairs the public safety committee. He plans to hold a hearing on this tragic situation next week.

Wells is also running for mayor and said he would not continue with Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe if he wins.

At-large Councilmember David Grosso says the death of Mills is the final straw.

“I've been a supporter of Chief Ellerbe the entire time I've been in office, but I think at some point, someone does have to be held accountable for something as egregious as this,” said Grosso. “And so, I think it is time for him to step down and bring in new leadership.”

Councilmember Mary Cheh called on Chief Ellerbe to step down last summer after equipment and staff issues were uncovered. She says this latest incident is even more reason for the chief to leave.

“All I sense is that what you have is low morale in a department, a manager who likes to hold forth as the chief, but is not really doing all the nitty-gritty things to turn a department around,” said Cheh.

But at this point, the only person who really matters is Mayor Vincent Gray. He has said in the past he supports Chief Ellerbe.

A Gray spokesperson told us Monday, if the mayor didn't support the chief, the chief would no longer be the chief.


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