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Friday, October 15, 2010

Off-Duty Fire Captain Bestowed with National Award

James M. Jiron was presented with two awards yesterday for his actions in September 2010. Jiron was attending a family function in Woodstock, VA when he came across a house fire. Without the protection of personal protective equipment or a hose line he immediately went to investigate and provide assistance. He entered the structure, searched and located two sleeping men and alerted them that their house was on fire and then assisted in their safe removal from their burning home. For the full story from that day, click here.

On Thursday, October 14, 2010, representatives from the Police and Firefighters Insurance Association (PFIA) visited Acting Fire Fighter/Medic Captain Jiron at the Beltsville Fire/EMS Station #831 and presented him with their Heroes Hall of Fame Award. This is a National Award that provides special recognition to Fire Fighters for their heroic actions to save the lives of others while risking their own. Presenting the award to Captain Jiron were Mike Tersigni, PFIA Regional Manager and Christopher Cunningham, PFIA Account Representative for Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department.

Acting Fire Fighter/Medic Captain Jiron also received an Emergency Services Award from Fire Chief Eugene A. Jones. Fire Chief Jones stated, “Your quick thinking and selflessness, evidenced by your willingness to provide assistance despite being off-duty, likely saved two lives. Your actions reflect favorably on you, the Fire/EMS Department and Prince George’s County as a whole.”

For additional information on the PFIA contact Chris Cunningham at 410-739-7191.

Fire Chief Jones, PFIA Regional Manager Mike Tersigni, Captain Jiron and PFIA PGFD Representative Chris Cunningham.


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