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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Services Monday for Matthew Falcone, Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department

Services Monday for Matthew Falcone, Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department Life Member & Former Live-In

Falcone's Volunteer Fire Service Career Cut Short After Sustaining
Burns in Mount Rainier House Fire

The Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department is sad to announce the
passing of life member and former live-in Matthew Falcone. Matt is the
brother of current HVFD Vice President and former Deputy Chief Tom
Falcone.

A service to remember Matt will be held Monday, January 16th at 10
a.m. at St. Jerome's Catholic Church, 5205 43rd Avenue in Hyattsville.
A light lunch reception will follow on the St. Jerome's campus.

Matt was a live-in member in the 1980's but his volunteer fire service
career was cut short after he was critically burned as a member of
Truck 1 conducting search and rescue operations at a Mount Rainier
house fire. That fire took place just a year after a fire in the same
area claimed the life of Hyattsville Volunteer Firefighter Alan P.
Sondej, who was a live-in with Matt. His death was not the result of
the burn injuries.

Fire department personnel including apparatus are welcome to attend.
For more information, please contact Anna Van Valkenburgh, HVFD
Administrative Assistant, (301) 920-6402 or Dave Iannone, HVFD
President, at 240-351-8568.

The Officer and Members of the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department
thank our neighboring departments and fire service family for their
support and condolences. Matt was as dedicated to the HVFD as anyone
and his family has a long history with the community and our
department.

Dave J. Iannone
President
Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department
http://www.hvfd.com/

Man Trapped in Mud Rescued by Firefighters in Clinton

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

Prince George’s County Firefighter/Medics and the Departments Technical Rescue Team rescued a worker that was trapped in mud up to his waist this afternoon. At about 11:45 am, Thursday, January 12, 2012, Fire/EMS units responded to the Cosca Lake, which encompasses about 11 acres and is part of the 690 acre Cosca Regional Park, 11000 Thrift Road in Clinton. Cosca regional Park is managed by the Maryland National Park and Planning Commission.



Cosca Lake is undergoing renovation and has been nearly drained of its water. An employee performing work on the lake became stuck in the muddy lake bed and sunk up to his waist. Firefighters used ground ladders stretched about 65 feet over the ground from shoreline to the victim. Fortunately, the adult male victim was wearing waterproof wading pants. The design of the pants prevented the thick wt mud from compressing the man’s legs, only the pushing up against the exterior of the wading pants.

Firefighters and Technical Rescue team members dug away the top layer of mud and then were able to lift the man up and out of his wading pants that remained stuck in the mud. He was escorted over the ladders to the shoreline where awaiting medics initiated treatment. 27 members of the Fire/EMS Department were on the scene. It required about 45 minutes to effect the rescue after arrival of Fire/EMS units. The man had been trapped in the mud for just over an hour before he was rescued.

The adult male was transported to an area hospital by paramedics but did not appear to have suffered any serious injuries.


Cosca Lake, which encompasses about 11 acres and is part of the 690 acre Cosca Regional Park, 11000 Thrift Road in Clinton. Cosca regional Park is managed by the Maryland National Park and Planning Commission.


He was escorted over the ladders to the shoreline where awaiting medics initiated treatment. 27 members of the Fire/EMS Department were on the scene.

Firefighters used ground ladders stretched about 65 feet over the ground from shoreline to the victim.

Rescue in Progress at Cosca Regional Park Lake in Clinton

Media Contact: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

Prince George’s County Firefighter/Medics and the Department’s Technical Rescue Team were alerted to a rescue at Cosca Regional Park in Clinton. With over 690 acres located in southern Prince George's County, Cosca Regional Park features both natural, undeveloped areas and land that has been developed for recreational use. The park is located in the 11000 block of Thrift Road.


Fire/EMS units arrived just before 12:00 noon and discovered that Cosca Lake has been mostly drained and a male has become trapped in deep mud up to his waist. The Technical Rescue Team has deployed it’s “collapse” team to effect a rescue. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.