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Monday, January 16, 2012

A Day to Work - Not A Day Off in Community of Berwyn Heights

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service

The American Red Cross, Prince George’s County Chapter,  held their Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service in the Town of Berwyn Heights today, Monday, January 16, 2012. About 60 members of the community met at the Town of Berwyn Heights Municipal Center to honor and respect Dr. King by offering their to help others.

Participants enjoyed a continental breakfast from 8:00 A.M. until 8:45 A.M. and then listened as speakers provided words of encouragement and thanks.  Calvin Hawkins, Citizen Corp and County employee/Department of Homeland Security, led the program and introduced speakers from the Town of Berwyn Heights Town Council, Volunteer Fire Department, RACES, Citizen Corp, WSSC, American Red Cross and the Fire/EMS Department.  

Prince George's County Fire/EMS Chief Marc S. Bashoor spoke to the task at hand that include the distribution of emergency preparedness and fire safety information throughout the community of Berwyn Heights.  He included several quotes from Dr. King in his comments and spoke of why today was a day for work and not a day off.

At around 9:00 am teams of volunteers went door-to-door, despite chilly temperatures, in Berwyn Heights providing occupants with emergency preparedness information and offered to check on working smoke alarms.

Volunteer Major and Chief of the Berwyn Heights Fire/EMS Station #814 Chuck Fusco speaks to the gathered community members at the Municipal Center.

Fire Chief Bashoor speaks of the importance of smoke alarms and efforts like the one today.

Todays speakers with a memento provided to Fire Chief Bashoor.

 Fire Chief Bashoor and his team go door-to-door providing emergency preparedness information 
and checking for working smoke alarms demonstrating why it is a day to work and provide a service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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