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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Career Recruit School #45 Graduation

The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department conducted a graduation ceremony for twenty-seven recruit firefighters. The ceremony was held at the auditorium of the Charles Herbert Flowers High School in Springdale on Monday, June 11. The ceremony was attended by families of the recruits as well as County Government leadership, the Fire/EMS Department command Staff, training academy instructors, and representatives from area jurisdictions.

Speakers at the graduation included Mr. Bradford L. Seamon, Chief Administrative Officer; Fire Chief Marc Bashoor and a keynote address from William F. Goddard, III, Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Management in Howard County, MD.

During his comments Fire Chief Goddard addressed the recruits by saying, “Every day firefighters and paramedics in the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department are heroes. Every day, they are ready and willing, at the sound of the alarm, to make the ‘supreme sacrifice’ for those they do not even know! I congratulate each of you for a job well done and I welcome you to the Nations fire and EMS family.”

In his comments Fire Chief Marc Bashoor spoke to the recruits and said, “Whatever you do, don’t ever lose your passion - or your compassion. No matter the situation, remember first and foremost that we are there to help. We are the ones who will be expected to bring calm to turmoil; and order to chaos. The one thing that I can guarantee you is that for the next twenty-plus years, you are going to interact with people who you do not know, who are dealing with the absolute worst moments of their lives. They will be looking specifically to you to resolve the challenges they face. If you choose to treat them with respect and compassion, you will receive double the respect and reward in return. If you should choose to treat them with disdain and contempt, you WILL get those emotions back ten-fold.”

Chief Administrative Officer Bradford Seamon, speaking on behalf of County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, spoke of his respect for members of the Fire/EMS service. Both Mr. Seamon and Mr. Baker had recently attended an EMS award dinner and were amazed and enlightened at the stories of the life saving skills demonstrated by our Firefighter/Medics. Additionally, Seamon and Baker had both participated in the FIRE OPS 101 and as he told the recruits, “received just a glimpse of what you go through.”

The recruits were administered the Oath of Office by the Honorable Marilynn M. Bland, Clerk of the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County.

CAREER RECRUIT SCHOOL 45 GRADUATES

SAMUEL PAUL ALCALA
MATTHEW EDWARD BABCZAK
WALTER JORGE BALMA
LESTER HENRY BASCOM
AARON AUSTIN BREWSTER
DOMINIQUE ANTHONY BRIDGES
JOSHUA DAVID BYNUM
LATRICE BERNADETTE BYRD-WHITEHEAD
JUSTIN WONJUN CHONG
DINO MICHAEL D’ANGELO
KENNETH VINCENT DECKER
DANIEL LEE GONZALES
JUSTIN GLENN GOSMAN
MATTHEW LEWIS GUM
MARCUS JAMES HURT
JOSHUA MICHAEL JANSKY
MICHAEL KRISTOPHER JEFFERSON
MARQUET FREDERICK JOHNSON
ROSANNA LYNN LaGRAVE
LAWRENCE ALLEN MOORE
JOHN ROBERT OLIVER
LORI BETH RENICK
EVAN TIMOTHY SANNA
AMOS BRANDON SCOTT
ANTHONY MITCHELL SMITH
CLIFTON VICTOR STAGNARO
GRANT LARRY WALKER

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENTS

FIRE SUPPRESSION SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Fire Fighter Anthony M. Smith

The Fire Suppression Scholastic Achievement Award is presented to an individual in each Career Recruit School who achieved the highest academic average on the fire suppression written examinations and practical evolutions.

INSTRUCTOR'S AWARD
Fire Fighter Matthew E. Babczak

The Instructor’s Award is presented to an individual in each Career Recruit School who has shown the highest level of personal improvement, development, and dedication during the class. In short, we identify the individual who has contributed significantly to the success of the class overall either by helping others or through self-improvement. The individual earning this award can be one with no previous experience in emergency services and progresses to an outstanding level of proficiency; or an experienced person who dedicates him or herself to assisting other class members be successful throughout Career Recruit School.

MEMORIAL AWARD
Fire Fighter Daniel L. Gonzales

The Memorial Award is a very special recognition presented to an outstanding individual from each Career Recruit School who has displayed that rarest combination of professionalism, courage, and "espirit de corps." Such traits serve to honor their fallen comrades, and uphold the highest traditions of the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department.

FIRE CHIEF'S AWARD
Fire Fighter Walter J. Balma

The Fire Chief's Award is the highest recognition for Career Recruit Schools. This award is bestowed on an individual in recognition of achievements that have made significant contributions to the graduating class. Selection criteria emphasize leadership, professional development, integrity, performance, and personal growth. This award is given to the individual who best exemplifies the conduct required of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department.

Career Recruit School #45 continued with recent recruit classes’ tradition of benevolence. They conducted fund raising activities including, among others, a car wash and a run across Woodrow Wilson Bridge. The class raised $2,000 and split the donations between the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Frank Colea Benevolence Fund.



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