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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Career Recruit School #46 Graduation Ceremony

Thirty-three members of Career Recruit School #46 recently graduated from the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department Training Academy. A graduation ceremony was held on Monday, October 18, 2012, at the Charles Flowers High School in Springdale.  Graduates received their Certificates of Completion and took their Oath of Office. 

Congressman Steny Hoyer provided the
Keynote Address to graduates.

The Fire/EMS Department was privileged to have Congressman Steny Hoyer provide the Keynote Address to the graduates. “Congratulations to Career Recruit School Forty-six,” stated Congressman Hoyer. “I was honored to join them today to mark the end of their training, and the beginning of exciting and rewarding careers as firefighters and emergency responders.”

“The brave men and women who protect our communities deserve our support, and Congress ought to continue doing its part to keep them safe while on the job,” continued Congressman Hoyer. “Throughout my career, I have been committed to ensuring our first responders have the resources they need to do their jobs safely, and I remain dedicated to supporting them for many more years to come.”

Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor conducted a “pinning ceremony” before the graduation and invited fire service family members of recruits to join him.

The following are members of the graduating academy class and have been assigned to Fire/EMS station throughout Prince George’s County:

Jamar Cornell Blue

Cameron Ryan Brown

Derek Deonte Brown

David Aaron Cargin

Joseph Andrew Coffman

James Wade Davis

Luke Aaron Edwards

Judson Arthur Fox, Jr.

Mary Foster Gaetano

Travis Blake Graybeal

Paul Andrew Hamby, Jr.

Bryan John Hogan

Rapheal Francis Holt

Patrick Pernell Jenkins

Calvin Lee Johnson

James Anthony Johnson

Kristerpher Curtis Jones

Justin Steven Kevan

Daniel Joseph Lundholm

Patrick Deon Martin

Shawn Christopher Miller

Aaron Edward Newby II

Joseph Dean Ottey

John Anthony Princiotta, Jr.

Connor James Purcell

Hal Crowson Rich IV

Colin Patrick Rynne

Richard Silvesti Jr.

Jeffrey Simmons

Carlton Wade Stewart, Jr.

John Robert Wakeley

Marc William Yosua

Stephanie Lyn Zagula

Deserving members of Career Recruit School were also presented with special achievement awards. These awards were presented as follows:

(L to R) Assistant Fire Chief Kenneth Fusco, Congressman Steny Hoyer,  Fire Fighter Daniel Lundholm and Fire Chief Marc Bashoor during Special Achievement Awards Presentation. Lundholm was presented with the EMT and Fire Suppression Scholastic Achievement Awards.


The Emergency Medical Technician Scholastic Achievement Award is presented to an individual in each Career Recruit School who achieved the highest academic average on the emergency medical technician written examinations and practical evolutions.

Fire Fighter Daniel Joseph Lundholm


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.

Fire Fighter Daniel Joseph Lundholm


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.

Fire Fighter Joseph Andrew Coffman


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 Fighter Mary Foster Gaetano


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.

Fire Fighter Kristerpher Curtis Jones

Photography at Graduation by Teresa Ann Crisman, PGFD Community Outreach Coordinator

College Park Store Sustained Fire Damage

A fire at a College Park home improvement store is currently under investigation. On Tuesday, November 6, at around 5:30 pm, firefighters were alerted to a fire at the Home Depot in the 4700 block of Cherry Hill Road.

Firefighters arrived to find a pallet of corn stalks, leftover Halloween decorations, were on fire. The corn stalks were being stored underneath an overhang on the stores front exterior. Fortunately, the buildings sprinkler system activated and contained the fire until the fire departments arrival. Firefighters completed the extinguisment and ensured the fire had not extend into the overhang.

The fire caused an estimated loss of $1,500.  No injuries were reported.  Fire Investigators are searching for the cause of the fire. The attached photo illustrates damage to the wall and underside of the overhang. You can also see the piping for the sprinklers that activated and succesfully limited any fire extension.

Mark Brady

Two Rescued from Burning Fairmount Heights Home

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

Firefighters rescued two occupants from a burning Fairmount Heights house this morning.  Just after 2:30 am, Wednesday, November 7, Fire/EMS units arrived at a 2-story single family home in the 5300 block of Sheriff Road with a working fire on the second floor.  Two adult male occupants were rescued by some of the first arriving firefighters, treated on the scene by paramedics and transported to area hospitals.

A third occupant escaped safely prior to the Fire/EMS Departments arrival.  The most seriously injured is a male, in his 60’s, that sustained burn and smoke inhalation injuries.  He was transported by paramedics to a Burn Unit in “serious” condition.  The second rescued male, in his 70’s, sustained minor injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital in “good” condition.

It required about 15 minutes to completely extinguish the fire with no additional civilian or firefighter injuries reported.  Fire loss is estimated at $35,000 and fire investigators continue to search for the cause and origin of the fire.