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19 January 2018

QUEENS: Ethel Davis Killed In Apartment Fire After Police Officer Abandoned Her In Rockaway Beach Hallway

QUEENS: Ethel Davis Killed In Apartment Fire After Police Officer Abandoned Her In Hallway

Ethel Davis Died In Apartment Fire After Being Removed From Fireproof Apartment and Abandoned In Smoke Filled Hallway; Please Support the Family of The Victim By Donating to Their Go Fund Me Page

QUEENS, NEW YORK (January 18, 2018) – A 91-year-old woman was tragically killed in an apartment fire after she was removed from her fireproof apartment and abandoned in a hallway filled with smoke.

Authorities have been able to identify the woman that died in her Rockaway Beach, Queens apartment as Ethel Davis.

Firefighters told Ethel Davis and her daughter Marcia that they had to leave. Marcia begged with the Officers to let her and her mother stay and that they would be safer if they stayed.

A cop picked up Ethel Davis and was unable to keep her up. The NYPD officer dropped the woman in the hallway where she later died due to smoke inhalation.

The officer’s conduct is in direct violation of FDNY protocol which instructs people to shelter in place when a fire breaks out in a fireproof apartment. A GO FUND ME page has been set up for the victims’ family.


A police agency may be liable for a person’s injury or death if they violate that person’s due process rights under the United States’ constitution. The state-created danger doctrine holds that a law enforcement agency may be liable for a person’s injury or death if the officer created the danger that caused the harm. In other words if a police officer puts someone in a situation that was more dangerous than the one they were in prior to the encounter, this could make them responsible. Any person that is injured or killed due to a state created danger may be able to file a claim for damages.

Our staff at Lipsig Lawyers were deeply saddened to learn about the tragic apartment fire and police action that led to the death of Ethel Davis. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the victim’s family as they grieve such an incredible loss. Had the NYPD simply followed their own protocol, Ethel Davis would still be here. There needs to be a thorough investigation into the conduct of this police officer and the NYPD. There needs to be accountability for what happened and steps put in place to make sure that it doesn’t happen again. We encourage everyone to donate to the Go Fund Me page that has been set up for the family as they are going through such a difficult time.

If you or someone that you love has died due to the negligence of a police officer you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are looking to hire an attorney, you’re always welcome to reach out to us for help (646) 846-4496.