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Twenty-eight career and volunteer members of the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department were presented with the Departments highest award – a Unit Citation. The presentation was made by Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor who presented individual certificates, letters and Distinguished Service Ribbons to the individuals involved. Unit Citation Plaques were also presented to each unit that will be displayed in the station or office of the unit. The award presentation was held at the Beltsville Fire/EMS Station on Tuesday evening, October 11, 2011. Assisting Fire Chief Bashoor in the award presentation was Lieutenant Colonel Jerome LaMoria who is retiring after 27 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Prince George’s County. This award ceremony is LaMoria’s last official act as his final day in office is Wednesday, October 12.
A Unit Citation is awarded to an entire crew assigned to a station, unit or incident that warrant honor as a group for valorous or meritorious action. Upon approval of the Fire Chief, any crew or unit so designated will be presented a plaque, suitably inscribed, to be displayed at the station or office of the unit. Each individual of the honored unit will receive a Certificate of Merit, Unit Citation, and Distinguished Service Ribbon.
The Fire/EMS Department’s Unit Citation was awarded for actions on Saturday, August 13, 2011, at approximately 2:27 A.M., Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department units responded to a motor vehicle accident on southbound Baltimore-Washington Parkway, in the area of Laurel-Bowie Road. Fire/EMS units responded from Beltsville Fire/EMS Station 831, Greenbelt Fire/EMS Station 835, Berwyn Heights Fire/EMS Station 814, Paramedic Unit 810 (Laurel), Paramedic Unit 812 (College Park) and the Emergency Medical Services Duty Officer. Personnel arrived to find a single vehicle crash involving seven victims. The adults, children, and an infant, some of whom had been ejected, sustained injuries ranging from serious to fatal.
In making the presentation, Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor stated, “Although there were numerous and challenging obstacles, everyone worked cohesively to ensure rapid pre-hospital treatment and transport to trauma centers via ground and air. This incident tested the physical, mental, and emotional resolve of even the most experienced first responder. However, the professionalism and unrelenting commitment you displayed, as you worked alongside your fellow crew members, is commendable and worthy of recognition.”
The following listed individuals were recognized as a group with the Unit Citation.
All photos by Teresa Ann Crisman.
Emergency Medical Services
Paramedic Captain Roland D. Berg
Paramedic Amanda Garrett
Fire Fighter/Paramedic Rob A. Egli
Fire Fighter/Medic Amy L. Gunn
Fire Fighter/Medic Maria A. Dumlao
Volunteer Lt. Kelly Lawson
Volunteer Fire Fighter Augustine Garcia
Volunteer Fire Fighter Joseph Lasick
Volunteer Fire Fighter John Dutton
Volunteer EMT Kelly Piper
Northern Operations Commander/Volunteer Chief Charles Fusco
Volunteer Deputy Chief Danny McCoy
Volunteer Assistant Chief Chief Chase Fabrizio – Incident Commander
Volunteer Lt. Ben Ross
Volunteer Fire Fighter Kevin McVey
Volunteer Fire Fighter Justin Thorpe
Volunteer Fire Fighter Brandon Hool
Volunteer Fire Fighter Marty McMahon
Volunteer Fire Fighter Jason Hoffman
Volunteer Deputy Chief Matthew Tomlins
Volunteer Fire Fighter Steve Flora
Volunteer Fire Fighter Lindsay Meehan
Volunteer Fire Fighter Sara Grimshaw
Volunteer Fire Captain Charles Hagee
Volunteer Fire Fighter Justin Bassford
Volunteer Fire Fighter Ian Shattuc
Volunteer Fire Fighter Michael Alexander
Citizen Services Unit Billy McNeel