Wilmington's 'failure to care, indifference' led to firefighters' deaths, court records claim

  • Source: WDEL 1150AM & WDEL.com
  • Published: 01/07/2019 01:16 PM

The city of Wilmington and its mayors' "failure to care" and "indifference" led to the deaths of three Wilmington firefighters and serious injuries to another three in a row home arson in Canby Park in 2016, according to the latest round of court documents filed in a civil lawsuit in the case, obtained by WDEL. In addition, the Plaintiffs' Consolidated Answering Brief in Opposition to Defendants' Motion to Dismiss, filed January 7, 2019 in federal court in Wilmington, asserted that the City of Wilmington is responsible for the "misconduct" of its agents, acting at the highest policy-making levels, and that defendants' documents, including Motions to Dismiss, include "multiple legal errors that misstate settled law." All defendants, including former mayors Dennis P. Williams, James Baker, ex-fire chief Anthony Goode, former fire chief-turned-Emergency Management Director Willie Patrick, Jr., and the city of Wilmington, filed Motions to Dismiss firefighters' and their families' claims on October 15, 2018, citing a "failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted."


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