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Monday, November 16, 2009

PGFD "GOOD" NEWS RELEASE

Administrative Assistant Kova Blake recently graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Management with a concentration in Human Resource Management.
Fire Investigator Robert S. Kaleda and his four-legged partner “Joy” are back to work after successfully completing recertification with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
PGFD "GOOD NEWS" RELEASE
MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
Several big events for members of our Fire/EMS Department have occurred recently including new additions to families and graduations. Fire Chief Eugene A. Jones extends his congratulations and best wishes to our members and their families.

Masters Degree for Kova Blake

Administrative Assistant Kova Blake recently graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Management with a concentration in Human Resource Management. She graduated from the University of Maryland University College. This degree should come in handy as Kova is currently working as the Administrative Assistant to the Administrative Services Command which oversees the Department’s Human Resources, Risk Management, Training Academy, Administrative Compliance and the call center. Kova has been with the Department for 2 years. When asked if she recommends degrees of higher learning for other members of the Department, Kova responded, “I believe that the knowledge and skills acquired through higher learning degrees can prove beneficial to anyone in any career.” She feels that a degree simply puts her in a position where she has the credentials to move forward in her career, if the opportunity presents itself.

Congratulations for Family Additions

The Office of the Fire Chief has been notified of recent additions to member’s families.

Congratulations and Best wishes to all!!!

Xiomara Lozano-Chevez, Administrative Aide in the Office of the Fire Chief, had a baby girl, Xenia, on May 15, 2009. She weighed 7lbs. 16oz.

Justin & Trisha Case (Trisha works in Apparatus Maintenance) welcomed their new baby girl – Miley Marie Case – on Sunday, June 28, 2009 at 8:51 a.m. Miley weighed in at 8 pounds, 6.3 ounces.

Fire Fighter Danielle Lewis (Station #841) had a baby girl – Aliyah Monique Lewis on July 29th, at 5:18 a.m. Aliyah weighed in at 7 lbs. 14.5 oz. and is 20.5 inches long.

Acting Battalion Chief Paul Gomez (Office of the Fire Marshal) and his wife Angela (Daughter of Nancy Terracciano in Fiscal Affairs) welcomed their new baby girl – Rachel Marie Gomez – on Saturday, August 7, 2009. Rachel weighed in at 6 lbs., 4 oz. and 18” Tall.

Acting Fire Fighter/Medic Captain John Mack (Station 838) welcomed his baby girl – Julia Alexis Mack – on Saturday, September 19, 2009. Julia weighed in at 8 lbs. 2 ozs. and is 21 inches long.

Fire Fighter/Paramedic Allen Dement (Medic 849 – C Shift) and his wife, Lacey, welcomed twins – Lily and Ely -- into the world on September 30, 2009. Lily weighed in at 6 lbs. 1 oz. and 19 ½ inches long; and Ely weighed in at 6 lbs. and 19 ½ inches long.

Fire Fighter James McDonnell (Station 825) and his wife welcomed their new baby – Mackenzie Leighann McDonnell – on October 8, 2009. Mackenzie weighed in at 8 lbs. 1 oz. and 20” long.

Fire Fighter/Medic Michael T. Brown (Medic 820 – C Shift) and his wife, Karin, welcomed a baby girl – Emma Taylor Brown – on October 20, 2009. Emma weighed in at 8 lbs. 12 oz.

Fire Fighter/Medic Adam Sennett (Station 825 – B Shift) and his wife, Dana, welcomed a baby boy – Max Christopher Sennett – on October 28, 2009. Max weighed in at 7 lbs. 7 oz. and is 20” long.

Accelerant Detection Team Recertified

Canine “Joy” and handler can be found sniffing possible crime scenes again and helping to determine the presence of accelerants. Fire Investigator Robert S. Kaleda and his four-legged partner “Joy” are back to work after successfully completing recertification with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). “Joy” is an 8 year old Golden Retriever accelerant detection canine (ADC) that has been Fire Investigator Kaleda’s partner since 2004. All ATF ADC teams are recertified on a yearly basis.






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