On April 16, 2012, Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor met with County Police Chief Mark Magaw, Assistant Police Chief Kevin Davis and Sheriff Melvin High at the District Heights Community Fire/EMS Station #826. Fire Chief Bashoor presented Emergency Services Awards and Letters of Commendation to Firefighter/Medics, Police Officers and Deputy Sheriffs for their actions on two separate fire incidents.
Battalion Chief John Keller
Engine 826 - District Heights
Captain Alan Doubleday
Fire Fighter/Medic Technician Thomas Hosselrode
Fire Fighter Anthony Bollo IV
Fire Fighter Corrie Gray
Fire Fighter Fred Brewer IV
Medic 826 - District Heights
Fire Fighter/Paramedic Christopher (CJ) Smart Jr.
Fire Fighter/Medic Kelli Cooke
Ambulance 826 - District Heights
Volunteer Fire Fighter/EMT Terry Brown
Volunteer Fire Fighter/EMT Jasmine Brown
Truck 829 - Silver Hill
Fire Fighter/Medic Captain John Elie
Fire Fighter Christopher (Chris) Elie
Fire Fighter Jacob (Jake) Brown
Commended for their actions on Monday, February 17, at 1:45 am, when they responded to a townhouse fire with a report of a child trapped. Firefighters and Paramedics responded quickly to 6135 Hil-Mar Drive in District Heights and arrived to find a 2-story end of the row townhouse with heavy fire showing from the first floor and a report of a child trapped on the second floor. Each unit assumed their assigned positions and worked cohesively to extinguish the fire and effect the rescue of a young female from her second floor bedroom.
As the first arriving engine crew from District Heights Fire/EMS Station #826 advanced hose lines into the structure, the crew from Silver Hill Truck #829 threw ladders to a second floor window identified by family as the bedroom of the two-year-old female. Firefighters ascended the ladder, vented and entered the window. Firefighters, without the protection of a charged hose line and despite high heat and thick blinding smoke searched the bedroom and quickly located the young girl. The victim was passed out of the window to other emergency personnel standing by on the ladder. Paramedics and ambulance crews from District Heights were awaiting the rescue at the bottom of the ladder and immediately started efforts to revive the non-breathing and pulse less female.
The fire was extinguished and contained to the townhouse of origin. The quick and complete knockdown prevented any extension to the townhouse next door enabling the resident to return to his home later that day.
The female was transported to a nearby hospital with paramedics successfully regaining a pulse prior to arrival at the hospital. The patient was transferred later that morning to Children’s National Medical Center for more definitive care. Tragically, she succumbed to her injuries a few days later.
Despite of the end result, efforts provided the young girl with the best possible chance of surviving. Incident commandeers provided very positive feedback on the efforts and the teamwork demonstrated by first arriving crews that morning. Their actions reflect favorably on themselves and on the Fire/EMS Department as a whole. Each member was presented with an Emergency Services Award for their actions.
Police Officer Peter K. Johnson
Police Officer Ryan L. Watson
Police Officer Darryl R. Wormuth
These police officers are being commended for their actions on Monday, February 17, at 1:45 am, when they became aware of a fire in a row of townhouses in District Heights. The Police Officers responded quickly to 6135 Hil-Mar Drive in District Heights and arrived to find a 2-story end of the row townhouse with heavy fire showing from the first floor and a report of a child trapped on the second floor.
Police Officer Peter K. Johnson arrived on scene and was approached by the homeowner. Frightened for the safety of one of her children, the homeowner advised Officer Johnson that her child was trapped on the second floor. Johnson, who is also a volunteer firefighter, quickly informed the responding firefighters and began to assist rescuing the trapped children. Officer Johnson helped in the placement of a ladder to the second floor window identified by the homeowner as her daughter’s bedroom. As firefighters ascended the ladder, vented the window and entered to search for the victim, Officer Johnson stood by on the ladder. Firefighters quickly located the young child and handed her out of the window to Officer Johnson who then descended the ladder and handed the victim over to awaiting paramedics and pre-hospital emergency care was immediately started.
At the height of the fire, Police Officer Ryan L. Watson, and Police Officer Darryl R. Wormuth began to evacuate the residents from the increasingly dangerous blaze. Watson and Wormuth assisted in the removal of a 90 year-old man who was in a wheel chair. While trapped on the second floor of his home located next to the townhouse on fire, the officers were able to carry the man down the stairs and out of his smoke-filled house.
Firefighters extinguished the fire and were successful in containing the fire to the townhouse of origin.
The non-breathing and pulse less two-year-old female was treated and transported by paramedics to a nearby hospital. Prior to arriving at the hospital paramedics were successful in regaining a pulse. She was transferred to Children’s National Medical Center later that morning for more definitive care. Tragically, the two-year-old succumbed to injuries a few days later.
Despite of the end result, the efforts provided the best possible chance of surviving. Incident commandeers provided very positive feedback on your efforts and the teamwork demonstrated that morning. The actions of the police officers reflect favorably on themselves and on the Police Department as a whole. They were each presented with an Emergency Services Award and Letter of Commendation for your actions and commended for a job well done from Fire Chief Bashoor.
Office of the Sheriff
Deputy Sheriff Dwayne Stevenson
Deputy Sheriff Ricardo Dennis
Deputy Sheriff, CPL Daniel Hardester
The three Deputy Sheriffs were commended for their actions of Wednesday, February 8, 2012, when they went above and beyond the call of duty to assist occupants of a burning home. While on the scene of a domestic violence call in the 3900 block of Alton Street in Suitland they heard screaming and cries for help from a house across the street. As they turned their attention to the area of the screams they noticed smoke coming from a single family home. Without hesitation or fear of their own safety, they ran to the house and entered the structure to provide assistance. They encountered a kitchen fire with occupants still inside the home. Three children and one adult were located in the house which was now filling up with thick smoke and moderate amounts of heat. They assisted in the evacuation of the residents and attempted to extinguish the fire. Hearing the Fire Department approaching they evacuated themselves from the house only after ensuring everyone was out. Firefighters arrived and quickly knocked down the fire.
Your actions prevented any injuries to the occupants. You are hereby presented with an “Emergency Services Award” for your actions which reflect favorably on yourself and on the entire Sheriff’s Department. You are commended on a job well done.
All photos by Teresa Ann Crisman, PGFD Community Outreach