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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Firefighters Receive Award for Rescuing Woman From Burning Home

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark e. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930, mebrady@co.pg.md.us

Emergency Service Awards presentation at St. Joseph Fire/EMS Station.  Pictured are (L to R) Lt. Colonel Scott Hoglander, Acting Major Adon Snyder, Fire Fighter/Medic Alexander Myers and Acting Fire Chief Marc Bashoor. (BRADY)

For their exceptional performance on the scene of an incident where a female was rescued from her burning home, Acting Major Adon Snyder and Fire Fighter/Medic Alexander Myers were presented with Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department Emergency Service Awards. Acting Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor made the awards presentation at the St. Joseph Fire/EMS Station on Wednesday morning.

On the morning of January 27, 2011, Firefighters from the Glenn Dale area were dispatched to the 4500 block of Woodgate Way for a reported house fire with a person trapped. On arrival crews encountered a 1½ story single-family dwelling with thick black smoke and heavy fire showing. Three occupants had escaped after being alerted by a working smoke alarm and were frantically telling the arriving firefighters a family member was still inside the residence.

The crew on board the first arriving engine began an aggressive interior attack, attempting to control the spread of the fire. The Rescue Squad from St. Joseph Fire/EMS Station 806 arrived on the scene. Being made aware of the trapped occupant, the crew forcefully searched the area where the victim was believed to be located.

Acting Fire Major Adon Snyder had earlier decided to stay over at work, as a snow emergency was in effect. He rode to the incident with Acting Battalion Chief Thomas James. Upon arriving on the scene, Snyder advised that he was going around to the rear of the home and would give an assessment. He was at the rear of the home when he saw the trapped occupant at a second story window and heard her screaming for her life. An exterior crew member, Fire Fighter/Medic Alexander Myers, retrieved a ladder, which was placed to the window by both members in an effort to rescue the victim. The 63-year-old female had severe physical limitations and would not have been able to get out of the window without the assistance of Major Snyder and Fire Fighter Myers. Encountering high heat and thick black smoke Fire Fighter Myers after ascending the ladder to the second floor had to partially enter the window to assist in hoisting the female out of the window and on to the ladder. While doing so he subjected himself to the intense heat and thick smoke of the rooms’ interior. The pair of rescuers brought the seriously burned woman down the ladder and immediately began treating her. The patient was transferred into the care of EMS personnel and transported to the hospital with 2nd degree burns to her lower body and suffering from smoke inhalation. Fire Fighter Myers was also transported and admitted to the Burn Unit at Washington Hospital Center for evaluation of possible thermal injuries he sustained while making the rescue.

In making the award presentation Acting Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor stated, “If not for the quick thinking and immediate action of Acting Major Snyder and Fire Fighter Myers, the victim’s injuries assuredly would have been even more severe. She had perhaps 30-45 seconds more before the heat and smoke would have caused her to fall from the window onto her bedroom floor and perish.”

Acting Major Adon Snyder receives Emergency Service Award from Chief Bashoor.

Chief Bashoor presents Emergency Service Award to Fire Fighter/Medic Alexander Myers.

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