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Monday, September 24, 2018

9-Year-Old is an Inspiration for PGFD and Belgium Firefighter - Making Lemonade from Lemons

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
MEBrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO

Belgium Firefighter Johnny Beernaert and Angelina O'Steen at her lemonade stand at National Harbor on Saturday.  Angelina is battling Cystic fibrosis and raising funds for Children's National Medical Center.

The Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department is hosting 10 emergency services personnel from Belgium.  The Belgium Fire Observers arrived on September 17th and will spend 10 days with Firefighter/Medics around the County riding calls, living, eating and participating in the day to day activities.

This past Saturday many of the Belgium Fire Observers participated in exercises with the Department's Marine Unit at the National Harbor.  While there, crews encountered a young lady, Angelina O'Steen, selling lemonade and were intrigued by the 9-years's old story.

Angelina is 9 battling Cystic Fibrosis. She has been a patient numerous times over her short life at Children's National Medical Center (CNMC) from complications from the disease. She has been operating a lemonade stand at various locations in the Southern Maryland region raising money to donate the proceeds to the CNMC Pulmonary Clinic.

The plan is to present a check to CNMC pulmonary clinic the Tuesday after Thanksgiving this year. Angelina was extremely excited when she learned that a firefighter from Belgium came all the way to National Harbor just to try some of her now World Famous lemonade.  

Angelina with PGFD crew and Belgium Firefighter Johnny Beernaert on Saturday at National Harbor.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

US Senator Cardin to Visit College Park Volunteer Fire Department on Monday to Deliver Federal Grant Funds

SEPTEMBER 23, 2018
CONTACTS: TIM ZINK 410-962-4436/SUE WALITSKY 202-224-4524
TOMORROW: Cardin in College Park to Discuss National Politics with UMD Students, Present Major Grant to Volunteer Fire Department
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin will be in College Park, Md., for two events. 
PLEASE NOTE: MEDIA may RSVP for either event HERE.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 at 11:00 AMSenator Cardin will be in College Park, Md., to serve as a guest lecturer in the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. The senator will outline his perspectives on several prominent national issues – including the Supreme Court nomination, health care policy and gun violence epidemic – and engage students in a discussion on how best to address them. The senator and students also are expected to exchange ideas on issues of major importance to Maryland communities, including ways to better counter the opioid addiction crisis, restore the Chesapeake Bay, combat hatred and intolerance, and promote the growth of the economy and small businesses statewide. 
WHAT:         Discussion with Students at University of Maryland
WHO:            U.S. Senator Ben Cardin
Dr. Elizabeth M. “Betty” Duke, Clinical Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
                Students of Public Policy, University of Maryland
WHEN:            Monday, September 24 at 11:00 AM
WHERE:        University of Maryland, Van Munching Hall, School of Public Policy Atrium, 7699 Mowatt Lane, College Park, MD 20742
Metered parking available in Mowatt Lane Garage. Additional directions and parking information. 
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 at 12:15 PMSenator Cardin will visit the College Park Volunteer Fire Department to present federal grant awards totaling more than $475,000. The awards from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) include a more than $400,000 “Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response” (SAFER) grant for volunteer firefighter recruitment, enabling College Park VFD to initiate a response stipend program and a college tuition reimbursement program to recruit and retain new volunteers. The department also was awarded a more than $70,000 “Assistance to Firefighters Grant” to purchase and install two self-loading, power-assisted stretchers and stair chairs in the department’s ambulance units. 
WHAT:         Grant Presentation at College Park Volunteer Fire Department 
WHO:            U.S. Senator Ben Cardin
                Bill Corrigan, Chief, College Park Volunteer Fire Department
Benjamin M. Barksdale, Chief, Prince George’s Fire Department
Local Volunteer Firefighters and Elected Officials
WHEN:           Monday, September 24 at 12:15 PM
WHERE:        College Park VFD, 8115 Baltimore Ave., College Park, MD 20740