WASHINGTON (AP) — A Washington man says his father died while he was waiting more than 40 minutes for an ambulance to arrive — on the same night that dozens of city firefighters called out sick.

Durand Ford tells WRC-TV that his father went into cardiac arrest in the early morning of New Year’s Day, and his family called 911 around 1 a.m. WRC reports that at 1:47 a.m., D.C. Fire and EMS asked Prince George’s County for assistance, and an ambulance was sent from Oxon Hill, Md. — seven miles away.

Around 90 District of Columbia firefighters called out sick on New Year’s Eve. The firefighters’ union has denied there was a coordinated sick-out.

D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells has criticized firefighters and the union for putting public safety at risk.