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DC mayor stands by Fire Chief Ellerbe, Deputy Mayor Quander

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Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Paul Quander and D.C. Fire and EMS Chief Kenneth Ellerbe (right) Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Paul Quander and D.C. Fire and EMS Chief Kenneth Ellerbe (right)

By BEN NUCKOLS
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray is standing by his fire chief and deputy mayor for public safety amid calls for their resignation.

Gray said Wednesday that the department is moving in the right direction under Chief Kenneth Ellerbe and Deputy Mayor Paul Quander.

D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells has called on Ellerbe and Quander to step down for what he says is an inadequate response to the death of a man who collapsed outside a fire station and got no help from the five firefighters inside. Wells is running for mayor.

On Wednesday, Gray praised Quander's report on that incident, which called for the firefighters and four call center employees to be disciplined. And he says Ellerbe is reforming the department, in part by hiring more district residents.

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