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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Knights of Columbus Announce County Fire Fighter/Medics of the Year

The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department has been notified that two of our employees will be recognized with awards. The Knights of Columbus, Sacred Heart Council No. 2577, will honor and award our Firefighter/Medics at their Annual Public Safety Recognition Night and Bull and Oyster Roast on Saturday, February 19, 2011. The event will be held at the K of C Boswell Hall, 6111 Columbian Way in Bowie, Maryland.


Fire Fighter/Medic William Vanarsdale and Fire Fighter/Medic Captain James Jiron have been selected to receive the organization’s “2010 Fire Fighter for the Year” and “2010 Paramedic of the Year” awards, respectively.

Fire Fighter/Medic Vanarsdale was selected for his role in rescuing a mobility challenged male from his burning Lanham home in November 2010. Vanarsdale and a fellow firefighter removed the victim from a bedroom that was immediately adjacent the room on fire. Despite his injuries, the elderly man survived the ordeal.

Fire Fighter/Medic Captain Jiron was selected for his heroic efforts that saved the lives of two men inside a burning home in September 2010. This incident occurred while Jiron was off-duty and attending an out-of-town family function. He observed the burning structure and without the protection of personal protective equipment and a hose line, entered the home and alerted the occupants and assisted them from the smoke and heat filled home.

Upon hearing of the awards, Acting Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor stated, “I am proud of the efforts of our personnel, their heroic actions to save lives. Their performances during these incidents are commendable. I thank the Knights of Columbus for recognizing these deserving employees and the other public safety personnel—volunteer and career—selected to receive awards.”

Anyone interested in attending the award ceremony should contact Jim Nelson, 301-262-1041.

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