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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Unit Citation Awarded From BW Parkway Crash

Media Contact: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

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

Greenbelt

Volunteer Lt. Kelly Lawson

Volunteer Fire Fighter Augustine Garcia

Volunteer Fire Fighter Joseph Lasick

Volunteer Fire Fighter John Dutton

Volunteer EMT Kelly Piper

Berwyn Heights

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

Beltsville

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

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