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Friday, February 25, 2011

CAUTION - High Wind Warning - Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued by NWS

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930, mebrady@co.pg.md.us

The National Weather Service (NWS) advises that 'Hazardous' winds with gusts up to 60 mph are expected across the area this afternoon and evening.  A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has also been issued.

The NWS warns severe weather could cause property damage and power outages and has issued a high wind warning for between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m and a Severe Thunderstorm Watch.   Citizens should anticipate that winds could down trees and cause power outages.   A cold front could precede the high winds and pose a "slight risk" of severe weather. 

Citizens should take precautions before the high winds occur.  Property in outdoor areas should be secured and emergency kits prepared for possible power outage and other emergencies.  Ensure cell phones are charged fully and fresh batteries are available for flashlights, radios and smoke alarms.

Stay Informed - Stay Ready - Stay Safe.  Safety First ensures Everyone will Go Home.

Temple Hills Apartment Fire

Media Contact: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930, mebrady@co.pg.md.us

Just before 5:00 am, Friday. February 25, 2011, firefighter/medics from the Silver Hill area were alerted to a 911 call reporting smoke inside of an apartment.  Firefighters arrived at 4467 23rd Parkway in Temple Hills, a 3-story garden style apartment building, advising of a working fire.  A search quickly resulted in locating the fire in a 1st floor apartment bedroom and was quickly extinguished.  Occupants of the building had evacuated or sheltered-in-place until firefighters gave the all clear.  No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.

One adult and three children from the apartment of origin are displaced as a result of this fire.  The displaced occupants were assisted by the Fire/EMS Departments Citizen Services Unit.  Investigators advised the cause of the fire is under investigation with fire loss estimated at  $20,000.

Funeral Arrangement for Hyattsville Deputy Chief Jimmy Hook

Arrangements for Deputy Chief Jimmy Hook, Hyattsville VFD
Dave J Iannone, President, Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department (HVFD)
Sent:Thursday, February 24, 2011 10:38 PM

The following are the formal arrangements to remember Jimmy Hook,
Deputy Chief of the Hyattsville Volunteer fire Department. As many of
you know, Jimmy passed away suddenly and unexpectedly after falling ill 
during a medical treatment.

A Fire Department Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, March 1st at
7:00 pm at the Bunker Hill Fire/EMS Station, located at 38th Avenue and
Rhode Island Avenue in Brentwood, Maryland. The approximately 60-90
minute memorial service will be followed by a remembrance reception at
the same facility.

Fire Department personnel are encouraged to wear Class A Uniforms if available or
traditional business dress attire. There is going to be very limited
parking for apparatus other than on-duty local departments during the
service. We strongly encourage attendees from stations to car pool if

In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund for Jimmy's 11-year-old son
Tommy will be established by the HVFD in the coming days and we will
post that information online and via email when available. Any flowers
that are sent should be delivered Tuesday ONLY to the Bunker Hill Fire
Station Reception Hall, 3716 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD

Other than the public memorial service Tuesday, the family has asked
that departments otherwise respect their privacy during this trying

The officers and members of the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department
would like to extend our thanks to the many local and area
departments, organizations and individuals who have lent their support
and offers of support over the last two days.

Additional information on Jimmy's long history with the Hyattsville
VFD, Berwyn Heights VFD and Prince George's County Communications can
be found at http://www.hvfd.com or http://www.pgfdnews.com.
Condolences may also be posted on the HVFD's Facebook page at

Any general questions, please contact the HVFD at (301) 883-7701, or
email HVFD President Dave Iannone at dave@hvfd.com.