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Friday, March 16, 2012

UPDATE - Volunteer Fire Fighter Kevin O'Toole - Week 3

Kevin O'Toole, 22 years of age, was injured in a house fire in Riverdale on February 24.  He sustained burns over 50% of his body and has been in the Burn Unit at Medstar Washington Hospital Center since the night of the fire.

Bladensburg Volunteer Fire Fighter Kevin O'Toole
Kevin's father, Jeff O'Toole, provided us with an update on his son's condition.  In an e-mail received this morning Jeff wrote, "Kevin is still in the Burn ICU. He had his fifth surgery yesterday. His rehab is going well, on good days he is able to walk laps around the unit.   We all appreciate the continued support shown the past three weeks which help keep Kevin's spirits up during the long road ahead."  

There are three independent investigations and internal reviews currently in progress that will dissect the operations, safety and criminal aspects of this incident.  A full report will be issued once these processes are complete.

We are asking for the community‘s involvement and assistance in helping to identify the person(s) responsible for setting these fires. If you have information about either of this incident, call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). You may also send your tips, SECURELY and ANONYMOUSLY, via TEXT MESSAGE by typing "PGPD" plus your message, and sending it from your cell phone to "CRIMES" (274637). If your information leads the capture of any of these fugitives, you may be eligible for a CASH REWARD up to $1,000.

The Prince George’s County Arson Tip Line will also accept information at 301-77-ARSON, or email at 77ARSON@co.pg.md.us

Mark E. Brady
PGFD Chief Spokesperson
Twitter @PGFDPIO

PGFD Valor and Honor Award Recipients

The Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department is proud to announce the recipients of Valor Awards and Medals of Honor for incidents and performances in 2011.  


Fire Fighter/Medic Bobby J. Blevins
Volunteer Fire Fighter Ashley Butler (Clinton)
Fire Fighter Lieutenant John P. Callan
Fire Fighter/Medic Michael P. Conway
Volunteer Fire Chief William Corrigan (College Park)
Volunteer Fire Fighter Tim Curran (College Park)
Volunteer Fire Fighter Troy Dannenfelser (College Park)
Volunteer Fire Fighter John Derek Daves (Branchville)
Volunteer Safety Division Chief Stephan C. Gansert (Chapel Oaks)
Fire Fighter/Medic John W. Godenick
Fire Fighter/Medic Amy Lynn Gunn
Volunteer Fire Fighter Chris Hagen (Berwyn Heights)
Paramedic Captain E. Danny Hughes
Volunteer Fire Fighter Daniel Leyden (Hyattsville)
Volunteer Fire Fighter John “Chip” Mosser (Kentland)
Volunteer Fire Fighter Brad Mummaw (Bladensburg)
Volunteer Fire Fighter Travis Murdoch (Bowie)
Volunteer Fire Fighter Josh Murphy (Hyattsville)
Fire Fighter/Medic Alexander H. Myers
Fire Fighter/Medic William L. Philpot, Jr.
Fire Fighter/Medic Lieutenant Russell L. Poe
Volunteer Fire Fighter Will Price (Hyattsville)
Volunteer Fire Fighter Ben Ross (Berwyn Heights)
Volunteer Fire Captain Kyle Schultz (Bladensburg)
Fire Fighter/Medic Edward P. Scott
Fire Fighter/Medic Ryan A. Shipp
Fire Fighter Michael W. Shipp
Volunteer Fire Fighter H. Sullivan (Hyattsville)
Volunteer Fire Fighter Nik Zupanic (Hyattsville)

Please note that career personnel have been notified by letter mailed to their home address.
Volunteer personnel had a notification letter hand delivered to their station.
Recipients with questions may call Diane Cunningham in the Public Relations Office at 301-883-5222.

The Public Safety Valor Awards Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 11:30 am, at Martins Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.  Individual tickets to attend the luncheon are $40 and available only at the Office of the Fire Chief, 9201 Basil Court, Suite #452, Largo, Maryland.  Tickets must be paid for in advance, no reservations will be taken.

We are also still searching for sponsors for this event, please see attached flyer for sponsor information.

35 Valor Awards Sponsor Flyer -