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Friday, August 5, 2011

County Executive and Fire Chief to Join Recruits in Run Across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge

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

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor as well as members of the Fire/EMS Department command staff will join recruit firefighters in a run across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge (WWB).

The members of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department’s Career Recruit School (CRS) #44 are combining their physical training with an opportunity to raise funds for a very worthy cause and are challenging other firefighters to join them. Funds raised will be donated to the National Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation (NFFF). This is the 2nd Firefighters’ Memorial Bridge Run in honor of all fallen firefighters. This run includes portions of the park on the Maryland side, across the WWB, portions of the Virginia side and back across the WWB to Maryland.

The NFFF strives to reduce the number of LODD’s in the fire service by encouraging firefighters to make healthy lifestyle choices and maintain a well conditioned cardiovascular system. Approximately 50% of LODD’s are caused by cardiac related events. These LODD’s are preventable!

Please support CRS #44 and the NFFF by registering to run in this event. We ask that each runner makes a charitable contribution of $25.00 and all proceeds will go directly to NFFF. Make checks payable to Brooke Thompson or Brian Drummond with WWBR in the memo line. Please register by emailing Technician Ashley Breen at albreen@co.pg.md.us, no later than August 10, 2011. Registration is limited to 150 runners. All money will be collected when checking in at the bridge. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact Technician Ashley Breen at the Fire/EMS Training Academy, (301) 856-3410.

WHAT: 2nd Firefighters’ Memorial WWB Run

WHEN: Friday August 12, 2011, 8:00 am

WHERE: Foot path at the base of the WWB on the Maryland side.

WHO: County Executive Baker, Fire Chief Bashoor, instructors and recruits, firefighters and paramedics.

PARKING:   http://nationalharbor.micromaps.com/

Parking for all  participants and media will be located in Lot G at National Harbor (This will include all FD vehicles not providing functional support for the event). Do not try to park on the gravel access road to the trail, this will be kept open for emergency vehicle access. Walk along the waterfront trail to the starting point. This walk will take about 15 minutes, plan accordingly. To access the Lot G follow National Harbor Blvd. right on Waterfront street, immediate right toward national plaza, right into Lot G. A recruit will be there to assist with parking.

Plenty of photo opportunities and interviews will be available as well as accommodations for live shots.

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