Two firefighters in Washington D.C. have been placed on leave after an elderly man suffered a heart attack right across the street from the fire station.
The firefighters allegedly refused to help him.
The 77-year-old man collapsed on the sidewalk near a shopping mall across the street from a fire house on Saturday. He later died.
His daughter and witnesses say they begged the fire department to help, but were told, its firefighters couldn’t lift a finger until someone called 9-1-1.
When someone did call, an ambulance from a different fire station was dispatched.
It proved to be no help as well. It got lost and wound up more than 25 blocks away.
The firefighters’ union said protocol should have been to alert the entire house and run across the street to render help.