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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Injured Firefighter Update From the Burn Unit by Their Parents

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

Parents of three volunteer firefighters injured in a house fire on Friday evening spoke to members of the media today to personally describe their sons medical status.  Parents of the three firefighters; McClary, Sorrell and O’Toole, County Fire Chief Bashoor and Bladensburg Volunteer Chief Randy Kuenzli all spoke.  The group took a moment from the Fourth Floor East Burn Unit at Medstar at the Washington Hospital Center and spoke near the front entrance to the hospital.

The mother of Riverdale Volunteer Fire Fighter Michael McClary spoke on his behalf and explained that he had been released yesterday.  Fire Fighter McClary suffered injuries to his ribs and burns to both hands.  Cheryl McClary emotionally stated, “We are very thankful and our hearts are still with the ones that are still in hospital.”

Vann and Kathy Sorrell of Buies Creek, North Carolina, and Jeff and Jane O’Toole of Bethpage, New York, each spoke with members of the media.  The parents, no strangers to the fire service, each described their sons current medical status and spoke highly of the care they are receiving at the Burn Unit.  They also spoke highly of the support system provided by members of the fire service and the DC Firefighters Burn Foundation.  Both injured firefighters remain in “Critical” and “Stable” condition.  Their parents describe them as being in relatively good spirits and showing some signs of improvement.  Each has a long road to recovery.

Jeff O’Toole stated his son has at least 6 weeks in the Burn Unit with another 6 months of physical rehabilitation after that.  Kevin O’Toole sustained burns over 40% of his body.  He is scheduled for skin graph procedure on Monday.  Kevin can communicate by talking.

Ethan Sorrell remains intubated, however, is conscious, and communicates by writing notes. He is scheduled for examinations tomorrow that can help determine the extent of his airway burns. 

The Burn Units Medical Staff allowed Ethan to walk over to visit Kevin for a short period of time.

The fathers of both injured are also volunteer firefighters in their hometowns; New York and North Carolina.  They request the Washington, DC area media to share todays press conference  and updates with their counterparts in their respective hometowns as there are family, friends and co-workers waiting on updated news.

The Burn Units Medical Staff allowed Ethan to walk over to visit Kevin for a short period of time. Picture by Marc Bashoor,


Vann and Kathy Sorrell speak with media. (Brady)







County Fire Chief Bashoor and Bladensburg Volunteer Chief Randy Kuenzli


Jeff O'Toole


Jeff and Jane O'Toole




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