Firehouse Fallout

Growing backlash against firefighters refusing to respond to repeated pleas for help from dying man just steps away.
3:00 | 02/01/14

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nation's capital. Just steps away, a 77-year-old man collapsing from a heart attack. There were calls for help, but fire fighters did nothing. ABC's Susan saulny from Washington tonight. Reporter: Controversy is heating up at this north Washington firehouse. Everything I've seen is horrific. Reporter: Cecil Littles, a 77-year-old veteran city employee, collapsed outside this strip mall last weekend. His daughter screaming towards the fire house for help then over to one firefighter who happened to be outside. The parking lot where mills collapsed is only 50 yards from engine 26. I ran to the curb, I said are you going to help me or let my dad die. Reporter: Other people approached the fire house only to be turned away because of bureaucratic protocol. Fire fighters said they couldn't help unless someone called 911 to dispatch them. Sell lean Davis asked that he be placed on desk duty with pay. City officials are investigating the incident, questioning every member of engine 26. The authorities stressed that there are no rules or policies that would have presented them from taking action. Their job is to respond and render aid. The funeral for Cecil mills, a grandfather of three, will be held next week. Susan saulny, ABC news, Washington.

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