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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Ambulance Crew Recognized for Their Care and Compassion

Two veteran members of the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department received recognition for their “professionalism and gentle care” provided on a call. Fire Chief Eugene Jones caught up with Fire Lieutenant John N. Brady and Fire Fighter Calvin Saunders on the scene of a Bowie fire incident to make the presentations on Monday, August 10, 2009. Chief Jones presented Fire Chiefs Awards to the two after receiving an extremely complimentary letter from a citizen about their professionalism and gentle care provided to his mother on June 19, 2009. Lt. Brady and Fire Fighter Saunders were on Ambulance 819, Old Town Bowie Fire/EMS Station, when they responded to the sick person call on Chantilly Lane in Mitchellville.

The family conveyed that the crew was “persistent in trying to revive my mother” and continually kept the family informed of everything they were doing and even took the time to find them in the hospital waiting room to provide them with an update after delivering the patient to the emergency room. In a letter to Fire Chief Jones, the family wrote, “My family and I wish to express our sincere thanks to LT. Brady and Fire Fighter Saunders for helping to ease the tensions we experienced that day.”

Fire Chief Jones stated, “I am extremely pleased with the actions of this crew and the level of EMS care they provided not only to the patient but to the distressed family members as well. I congratulate them on a job well done.”

Firefighter Awarded for Saving a Life

Fire Fighter Medic Rachel M. Edney and Fire Chief Eugene A. Jones during award presentation.
Emmett Johnson, Fire Fighter/Medic Edney, Jeff Novotny (Liberty Mutual Branch Manager) and Fire Chief Eugene Jones during Firemark Award Presentation.

An off-duty firefighter that placed herself in harms way to save the life of another person received well-deserved recognition today. On February 1, 2009, Prince George’s County Fire Fighter/Medic Rachel M. Edney was at an Edgewater restaurant located on the South River in the Edgewater area of Anne Arundel County. She responded to calls for help coming from the dock area and quickly realized that a man had fallen from the docks and into the freezing waters of the South River. Without hesitation or fear of her own safety she entered the water and was able to pull the drowning man from underneath the water to the surface. She held the man above water until additional help arrived.

Prince George’s Fire Chief Eugene A. Jones joined with representatives from Liberty Mutual at the Seat Pleasant Fire/EMS Station this morning, Tuesday, August 11, 2009, to recognize Fire Fighter/Medic Edney. Twenty years ago Liberty Mutual started honoring America’s firefighters with the prestigious Firemark Award. Emmett Johnson, Liberty Mutual Insurance Agent, while making the award presentation stated, "While fires and life threatening events are riddled with chaos and tragedy, they also spotlight the tremendous good displayed by our nations firefighters; good that is embodied by the selfless deeds of brave men and women who enter burning homes to save victims, or in this case dive into freezing waters to save a life regardless if they are on or off-duty. Such Deeds need to be recognized." He presented the award by saying, "With honor, I present you with the Liberty Mutual Firemark Award."

Fire Chief Jones presented Edney with a Fire/EMS Department "Emergency Services Award." During his remarks he said, "Despite being off-duty and not duty-bound to act, you responded without hesitation and your actions had a direct impact on saving a life." He concluded by saying, "It is with great pleasure that I recognize you for your actions. Without your rapid intervention, the outcome could have been very different. On behalf of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department, the citizens and residents that we serve, and myself, I not only thank you but also commend you on a job well done."

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