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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Munroe Family Relief Effort Included Donation News

Media Contact: Prince George's County Police Public Information Office, 301-772-4710

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

The Prince George’s County Police Department, Lewisdale Elementary School, and the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department coordinated a relief effort for the Munroe family, who were victims of a tragic fire in Lewisdale, Maryland on November 27, 2011. 

A donation drive was hosted Thursday evening at Lewisdale Elementary School that was attended by a large number of members of the community, school staff, public safety and elected officials.  Omari Noel was a kindergarten student at the school.  School Principal Patricia Belgrave opened the event by commending her staff for a very difficult week and helping to coordinate the evenings event.  State Senator Victor R. Ramirez, State Delegate Jolene Ivey, County Councilman Will Campos, Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor and County Police Detective Charles W. Duelley were on hand to welcome everyone.  One resounding message was made by several of the speakers, in both English and Spanish, working smoke alarms save lives and ensure that every home has at least one.  The Fire/EMS Department provided free smoke alarms and fire safety information which was well received by members of the community.  Several firefighters, career and volunteer, were on hand to answer questions about fire safety.

In addition to monetary donations, household items, furniture and clothes were donated.  Merle Munroe, the lone survivor attended the ceremony and greeted many people as possible at the event.  She lost a sister, daughter and grandson in Sunday mornings fire.  Merle Munroe shared with the attendees that her daughter, Simone, and grandson, Omari, had their organs donated so that others may live.

Tonight’s event generated over $6,000 in donations for the Munroe family.  Speaking of the organ donation and generosity of the community, Fire Chief Bashoor stated, “This is a true example of humanity at it’s best.” 

Anyone wishing to make a donation may still do so.  Checks can be made payable to the Munroe Family Memorial Fund and mailed to:

Munroe Family Memorial Fund
c/o Bank of America
7370 Baltimore Avenue
College Park, MD 20740

The Fire/EMS Department provided free smoke alarms and provided fire safety information.

 State Delegate Jolene Ivey, State Senator Victor R. Ramirez, County Councilman Will Campos, Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor, County Police Detective Charles W. Duelley and School Principal Patricia Belgrave and staff provided welcoming remarks including the importance of working smoke alarm.


The Fire/EMS Department provided free smoke alarms and provided fire safety information.


The Fire/EMS Department provided free smoke alarms and provided fire safety information.

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