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Saturday, August 13, 2011

PGFD 2nd Memorial Bridge Run Joined by County Executive and Fire Chief

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

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker and Fire Chief Marc Bashoor joined recruit firefighters and other members of the Fire/EMS Department in a nearly 5 mile run on Friday, August12, 2011.

Temperatures at the event start time of 8:00 am were in the low 80’s accompanied by bright sunshine and a impressive backdrop of the National Harbor.  This was the 2nd Firefighters’ Memorial Bridge Run in honor of all fallen firefighters. The run includes portions of the park on the Maryland side, across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge (WWB), portions of the Virginia side and back across the WWB to Maryland.

The members of Career Recruit School (CRS) #44 organized the run and combined their physical training with an opportunity to raise funds for a very worthy cause.  A $25 charitable contribution was offered by participants with proceeds to be combined with other fund raising efforts all being donated to the National Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation (NFFF).

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation 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.

If you have any questions or would like to make a donation contact Fire Fighter/Medic Technician Ashley Breen at the Fire/EMS Training Academy, (301) 856-3410.

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