MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, PGFD Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
Members of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department including career, civilian and volunteers paid their last respects today for an Alexandria Paramedic that made the ultimate sacrifice last week. A Memorial Service with Honors was held today for Paramedic Joshua A. Weissman that died after falling from a bridge overpass while tying to access possible patients involved in a 3-vehicle crash with auto fire on Route 395 in Alexandria.
Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor, Deputy Fire Chief Frank Underwood and dozens of Fire/EMS Department members attended the services at the Beth El Hebrew Congregation. The Fire/EMS Honor Guard participated in the Memorial Service as well as honor guards from the County Police Department and Department of Corrections.
Prince George's County filled in Fire/EMS Stations in Alexandria and PGFD Fire Boat Lawrence Woltz extended their area of protection to include Alexandria, VA. By providing this staffing and coverage, Alexandria Fire Department personnel were able to participate in the viewing and memorial services. The entire membership of the Alexandria Fire Department escorted the body of Joshua Weismann up Seminary Road to the Beth El Hebrew Congregation for memorial services.
The Fire/EMS Department also had members serve as members of the National Capitol Region Incident Management Team that helped Alexandria in coordinating the services
Our thoughts and prayers will continue for the family and friends of Joshua Weissman and the Alexandria Fire Department during this difficult time.