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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Child Injured in Fall from Third Floor

MSP Trooper 2 takes off with a 19-month-old female on-board.

A child apparently fell from a top floor window of a 3-story garden style apartment building in Greenbelt sustaining potentially serious injuries. Just after 5:00 PM, Thursday, August 13, 2009, firefighters from the Berwyn Heights Fire/EMS Station and paramedics from the College Park Fire/EMS Station responded to the 6100 block of Breezewood Drive for a report of a child falling out of a third floor window. According to witness; the 19-month-old female fell to the ground along with a window screen and was unconscious and bleeding from the mouth. Firefighters and paramedics quickly assessed the child’s injuries and requested the assistance of the Maryland State Police Helicopter to transport the injured to a specialty center for children in Washington, DC.

The child was conscious while being treated and immobilized by paramedics. The Greenbelt City Police Department was also on the scene. An engine from the Branchville Fire/EMS Station assisted with setting up a landing area for the MSP Helicopter “Trooper 2” in the rear parking lot of Beltway Plaza Mall.

While supervision of young ones is the best line of defense to prevent injuries, injury prevention advocates understand that it is not always possible to maintain 100% vigilance over children, especially as they grow through the toddler years. There are some basic safety tips parents, caregivers and homeowners can take to help prevent these types of injuries. Safe Kids USA is an organization whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer of children 14 and under. They offer the following safety tips to prevent childhood falls:

All windows above the first floor should be equipped with window guards – preferably guards with emergency release devices in case of a fire.

Open windows that are not protected by a window guard, at the top only; or use window stops so they can only be opened a few inches.

Never rely on window screens to prevent falls. Window screens are designed to keep bugs out – not children in.

Supervise children at all times around open windows.

Move furniture away from windows and keep windows locked when they’reo closed.

Emergency Services Awards for Rescuing Victim From Burning Home

Fire Fighter/Medic Steward T. Fowler

Fire Fighter Vincent D. Hill

Fire Captain Kenneth F. Fusco

Prince George’s County Fire Chief Eugene A. Jones has been visiting Fire/EMS Stations throughout the County this week and is scheduled for more visits next week to present awards to deserving firefighters and paramedics.

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.