Earlier today, while Life Member Ed Stoner of the West Lanham Hills Volunteer Fire Department was on the way to the station he noticed a disabled vehicle on Veterans Highway near the intersection of Annapolis Road. Stoner stopped to help the senior citizen and discovered the car was disabled because it ran out of gas. The volunteer firefighter also recognized the man and the vehicle as matching the description broadcast as a critical missing person, Silver Alert. on Friday.
The County Police were notified and arrived to confirm that this was the missing man. Police drove the man away to be reunited with family members. Rather than allow the mans vehicle to be impounded, Ed Stoner called his fellow volunteers and asked that they bring some gasoline to him. The vehicle was filled with the gasoline and driven back and parked at the West Lanham Hills Fire Station where a family member came to retrieve the vehicle later in the day.
Congratulations to Ed Stoner for being compassionate to stop and help a senior citizen in need of help and observant to recognize the man and vehicle were part of a Silver Alert. Furthermore, Stoner and other volunteers went above and beyond to help recover the vehicle and avoid additional costs to the family.
Anyone needing additional information about this incident should call Jeff Miller at the West Lanham Hills Volunteer Fire Depart at 301-883-7728.
Mark E. Brady
|West Lanham Hills Volunteer Life Member Billy Padgett Jr putting gas in the car.|