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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Incident Summary - Week of July 18, 2010

incident summary and dollar loss 7-18 to 7-24 -

Firefighter Seeks Life-Saving Assistance for His Son

“Tre” Price is the son of Woodrow “Woody” Price, a Prince George’s County Volunteer Firefighter and a career Firefighter in the District of Columbia. Woody is reaching out to his comrades in the hopes of finding a donor match for his son. Please read the letter from Tre’s mom, Crystal Price, about how you can help.

Mark Brady

Greetings to All,

My name is Crystal Price, on February 19, 2008, our only child, Woodrow Bernard Price, Jr. or as we call him, “Tre’” was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. After about two weeks of treatment, he went into remission until now. Woodrow has had a relapse and the Leukemia has returned, because of this, he is having to endure very aggressive treatment and will have to undergo a Bone Marrow Transplant. These treatments consist of Spinal Taps, Bone Marrow Aspirations. MRI’S and Chemotherapy just to name a few.

Our son is just one of many who need a Bone Marrow Transplant, but find it difficult to locate a donor match. Until his diagnosis, Woodrow was an active child with a passion for football, on and off the field. It is time that our community comes together to give back in a significant way to help those in need of this donation.

I was speaking to one of the doctors here at the hospital who informed me that out of approximately 8 million donors, only approximately 600,000 are minorities. These numbers put us in a very difficult position as a minority trying to find a donor match.

The National Marrow Donor Program has a foundation called: Be the Match. This foundation organizes Donor Registry events in the community as well as assists you in organizing your own if you are interested.

Please check out this link: www.marrow.org to learn more about this program. To find out about events in our area, just click on the "Join the Registry" tab and then click on the tab to the left that says, "Join in Person" and then enter in your zip code. Please check the website for more information or contact me by e-mail.

Please, please pass this information along to everyone you know, even if they do not live in our area, they can check the website for events being held where they live by entering their zip code. It does not matter where you register, anyone and everyone who registers will be listed on the main “Donor Registry” for anyone in need of finding a donor match. I cannot express enough how important this registration is and what it means to many possible recipients. Please go out and register. Your donation can save a life. Thank you.

Crystal K. Price ~~ tolaff2@yahoo.com


PGFD Contingent Departs to Pay Respects to LODD's in Bridgeport CT

A contingent of Prince George's County Firefighters will depart at midnight tonight to attend funeral services for two Bridgeport, CT Firefighters that lost their lives in the line of duty.  One of the firefighters, Lt. Steven Velasquez, is a former member of our Department and maintained numerous friendships in this area. 

The Prince George's County Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Association, IAFF Local 1619, posted this information on their website:

We ask that everyone keep the Velasquez and Baik families in their hearts, thoughts and prayers. A caravan of Prince George's County Career and Volunteer Fire Fighters will be making the journey to Bridgeport, Connecticut to pay tribute to our fallen Brother. Two vans will be leaving from the Union Hall at Midnight on Friday morning to go to the Funerals in Bridgeport and will return Friday night after the ceremonies. Please give VP Crisman a call at 410-365-2813 to reserve your spot.

Funeral Services are as follows:

Calling hours for the public will be held on Thursday, July 29th for both firefighters:

Lt. Steven Velasquez: 12-4 PM @ Klein Memorial Auditorium. 910 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport. 

FF Michel Baik: 4-8 PM @ Abriola Funeral Home. 419 White Plains Road in Trumbull. Private funerals will be held separately on Friday afternoon.

The Congregation of Firefighters, a service open to all firefighters, will be held Friday, July 30th at the Arena at Harbor Yard, 600 Main Street in Bridgeport after the second funeral service.