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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Emergency Services Award - Fire Fighter Michael Shipp

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

On Tuesday, January 24, 2012, Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor presented an Emergency Services Award to Fire Fighter Michael Shipp.  The award presentation was made at a brief ceremony at the District Heights Community Fire/EMS Station.

A letter accompanying the award stated;  On Friday, August 12, 2011, you were a member of the crew onboard the ambulance from Morningside Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Station 827, which was transporting a patient to Prince George’s Hospital Center.  The unit was near the intersection of Forestville Road and northbound Route 95, when you noticed a cloud of dark smoke and what appeared to be flames underneath a Hummer SUV.  You promptly contacted Public Safety Communications, advising them of the matter and requesting additional resources.  The SUV’s driver was engaged in conversation on her cell phone, making it difficult to alert her to the situation.  Upon finally getting her attention, the woman remained on the phone and even accelerated before eventually pulling onto the right shoulder.  She did not readily believe the SUV was on fire and had to be physically removed from the vehicle.  After realizing you were telling the truth, she proceeded to the ambulance, where the crew kept her out of harm’s way.  Meanwhile, you made every effort to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher.  Your quick thinking and immediate action are directly responsible for changing the outcome of what potentially could have been a tragedy.   

In making the award presentation, Fire Chief Bashoor stated, "For your performance on the scene of the aforementioned incident, you are hereby presented a Fire/EMS Department Emergency Service Award. 
Congratulations and thank you for an outstanding job!  Your actions represent the excellent service our Department strives to provide to the citizens of Prince George’s County."

Fire Chief Bashoor, Fire Fighter Shipp and his daughter at award presentation at the District Heights Fire/EMS Station.
Story that aired on NBC 4 News the day of the incident.

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