A Fort Washington girl was recently recognized by the Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department for her efforts in recognizing and ensuring the reporting of a house fire. Deputy Fire Chief Ben Barksdale presented 12-year-old Jasmine Walker an award at a ceremony held at the Fort Washington Fire/EMS Station on #847 on Fort Washington Road on Friday, May 11. Jasmines family and ffirefighters from the Fifth Battalion joined Deputy Chief Barksdale in recognizing Jasmine for her actions.
In presenting her award certificate Barksdale stated, "On April 10, 2012, while traveling with your mom on Livingston Road in Fort Washington, you observed a large amount of smoke and persuaded your mom to check out the source. At the scene, you saw that a fire, which began on the home's exterior, was now starting to extend to the inside and surrounding brush. Your mom called 911, and firefighters soon arrived and extinguished the fire. Your concern for others compelled you to persuade your mom to head in the direction of the smoke. Your actions prevented extensive damage to the home, kept a brush fire from extending into the nearby woods, and demonstrated what the Fire/EMS Departments means by 'If You See Something, Say Something.' Congratulations."