Several volunteer and career firefighters and paramedics are being recognized for their role in locating and rescuing a 74-year-old man from the second floor of his burning Seat Pleasant home. The incident occurred on April 14, 2009, in the 6500 block of Seat Pleasant Drive. Fire/EMS units arrived to find a working fire on the second floor of the 2-story duplex with a report of a person trapped. Crews extended hoselines and initiated a search of the structure for the trapped occupant. Kentland Volunteer Fire Fighter Tim McCloskey located the male victim in a bedroom and was assisted by Fire Captain Kenny Fusco and Seat Pleasant Volunteer Fire Fighter Kevin Brenner in removing him from the house. Paramedics Clarence Godfrey and Chinnette Gibson provided advanced life support to the victim and were assisted by the crew from Landover Hills; Fire Fighter Steward Fowler and Matthew Weathersbee during transport to a Burn Unit. Fire Fighter Vincent D. Hill, driver/operator of Engine 808, encountered mechanical issues with his pump. This issue caused the engine to shut down. Being a veteran driver/operator he was able to quickly overcome the problem and restore the pump to working order. His quick thinking and fast actions allowed the crews to continue with the mission of rescuing the trapped victim.
These personnel are being recognized with the Fire/EMS Departments Emergency Services Award and will be under consideration to receive a Valor Award at the Public Safety Valor Awards ceremony held early in 2010.
Volunteer Fire Fighter Tim McCloskey, a member of the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department was recognized for his role in saving the life of a Seat Pleasant resident. Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department Lt. Colonel Victor Stagnaro, Volunteer Commission Chairman John Alter, Commission Vice-Chair Vince Harrison, Kentland Volunteer Chief Tony Kelleher, Kentland Deputy Chief Pat Mann and several other members were on-hand to witness Volunteer Fire Fighter Tim McCloskey receive an Emergency Services Award from Fire Chief Eugene Jones. The award ceremony was held at the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department Station 833 in Landover on Thursday, August 13, 2009.