Even for ambivalent D.C., this was a bit much to take: Two weekends ago, an elderly Northeast man died of a heart attack across the street from a firehouse, allegedly as firefighters inside the station ignored pleas from bystanders to save him. “Call 911,” replied one firefighter, as people banged on the station house door for help. The fire lieutenant at the center of the District’s probe into the tragic death of 77-year-old Medric Cecil Mills Jr. has submitted her retirement papers, according to The Washington Post. The kicker is that there’s no recourse for her D.C.-funded pension, which is all but assured (a District pension would only get revoked due to embezzlement of city funds).
If you’re wondering how the hell any first responder could get so jaded, look no further than Utah, where no good deed goes unpunished. Last week, a sheriff’s deputy was shot to death and his partner was critically wounded at the side of a highway by someone they believed to be a stranded motorist (turned out he was a fugitive). The gunman led police on a 50-mile chase through four counties before he was cornered, shot and mortally wounded by officers. The deputy who died was a devoted husband and father of four.
I hope you can find a silver lining in either of the above stories because I can’t.