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Monday, November 28, 2011

PGFD PROFILE: Fire Fighter Jeffrey Fisher

PGFD PROFILE: Fire Fighter Jeffrey Fisher
By: Diane V. Cunningham, Public Relations Office

In every successful organization you will find star players, individuals who contribute greatly to its overall success. The NFL has Tom Brady; NBA has Kobe Bryant; MLB has Derek Jeter; USTA has Venus and Serena Williams and the Prince George’ s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department has Fire Fighter Jeffrey Fisher.

Fire Fighter Fisher, 47, a five-time Public Safety Valor Award recipient, took home a Bronze Medal of Valor in 1995, 1997, 1999, 2003. He was awarded a Silver Medal of Valor in 2001. According to our records, being a five-time Valor Award recipient makes him the most highly decorated member currently working for the Fire/EMS Department. We were reminded of this distinction as another congratulatory letter was being placed into Fisher’s personnel folder, citing him for his actions on an ambulance call.

Now in its 34th year, the Public Safety Valor Awards is an opportunity for the County Executive and other county officials to honor the men and women who do so much to protect the lives of Prince George’s County residents. Each year, a luncheon is held where Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals are presented to deserving public servants representing Police, Fire/EMS, Department of Corrections, Department of the Sheriff, and Public Safety Communication workers. The criteria for receiving these prestigious awards are “actions above and beyond the call of duty; exhibiting exceptional courage; extraordinary decisiveness and presence of mind; or an unusual swiftness of action, regardless of his or her personal safety, in an attempt to save or protect human life.”

Fire Fighter Fisher, a 25-year veteran of the Fire/EMS Department, is currently assigned to Station 832, Allentown Road, on B Shift. Over the span of his career, he has been assigned to Fire/EMS Station's in Landover Hills #830, Capitol Heights #805, Chillum #844, Hillside #6 and was a member of the Special Tactical Unit. In his spare time he enjoys coaching his son, Aiden’s, football and lacrosse teams. He spends about 20 hours a week holding practices and games. Fisher is also a middle linebacker for the public safety league’s DC Generals. He attributes his interest in sports to being actively involved in them when he was younger.

Jeff Fisher’s 21-year-old daughter, Tara, is a senior at University of Maryland College Park. Five-year-old Aiden is attending Kindergarten at Windy Hill Elementary School.

While it is certain Fisher takes great pride in being a five-time Valor Award recipient, his proudest moment yet may have occurred on Thursday, November 3, 2011. On that date, Fire Fighter Jeffrey Fisher proudly pinned his 19 year-old son, Matt, who graduated from the Fire/EMS Department’s Career Recruit School #44.

Fire Fighter Fisher is a resident of Calvert County.

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