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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Major Smedley Reunites with Yvette Cade During Documentary Filming

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

On the morning of Monday, October 10, 2005, Yvette Cade was at her place of work in Clinton when her ex-husband doused her with a flammable liquid and set her on fire. Cade, narrowly escaping death, sustained critical burn injuries over 60 percent of her body. Units from Clinton Fire/EMS Station 825 arrived on the scene, where they provided advanced life support measures and quickly transported the critically injured patient. Corey Smedley, who was assigned Medic 825 on the day of this tragic incident, was one of the paramedics who worked feverishly to save Yvette Cade’s life. A Prince George’s County firefighter for a little over 10 years, Smedley had only recently successfully completed the coursework necessary to become a paramedic.

Major Corey Smedley and Yvette Cade met for the first
 time since he helped to save her life in October 2005
On May 7, 2011, Yvette Cade and Corey Smedley met again for the first time since he treated her on that fateful day in October 2005. They were brought together by a production company that is compiling a documentary on Cade’s story. With her permission, Corey Smedley recalled the details of that day and the actions he took to save her life. The documentary is set to air in the fall of 2011.

Cade, now a spokesperson for domestic violence, has taken her story to nearly every print, TV, radio and internet site willing to hear her story. Smedley has continued to advance through his career, received his Master’s Degree, and completed the County Police Academy. He is currently the Major in the Office of the Fire Marshal.

Major Smedley's partner on the Medic Unit on October 10, 2005, was Paramedic Clarence Godfrey.  Staffing the Ambulance was Fire Lieutenant Everett Burris and Fire Fighter/Medic Matthew Rickard.  A volunteer staffed engine from Clinton also assisted on the call.

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