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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Statement from Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III on Prince George’s County Fire Fighters Injured in Riverdale House Fire

Statement from Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III on 
Prince George's County Fire Fighters Injured in Riverdale House Fire


For Information Contact:

Scott L. Peterson, 

Deputy Manager of Communications/Press Secretary

Office of Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III

(240) 619-9400 

Upper Marlboro, MD – Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III released the following statement on seven Prince George's County Fire and EMS Department fire fighters who sustained injuries battling a house fire in Riverdale yesterday evening.  At this time two firefighters, Bladensburg Volunteer Fire Fighters Ethan Sorrell and Kevin O'Toole remain in critical condition at Washington Hospital Center.  A third fire fighter, Riverdale Volunteer, Michael McLary also remains hospitalized for injuries.  Four other injured fire fighters, three from Riverdale and one from College Park, were released and sent home last night.

"My thoughts and prayers are with these brave men and their families and I ask all County residents to do the same.  Our first responders put their lives on the line every day and I know that they are all effected by this tragic incident.  I appreciate their service and their commitment to our residents' safety and security. 

Furthermore, I want to thank the doctors and nurses at the Washington Hospital Center burn unit for their compassion and care of these

courageous men.  I also want to thank the regional fire and emergency community for their thoughts, outreach and concern."

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