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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Census Employees Recognized for Life-Saving Actions


MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930, mebrady@co.pg.md.us

Photos by Teresa Ann Crisman, PGFD Community Outreach, 301-883-5250

The Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department recognized the actions of several employees at the Census Bureau in Suitland today for contributing in the successful resuscitation of a fellow employee that suffered a massive heart attack on October 23, 2012.

Deputy Fire Chief Ben Barksdale and Firefighter/Medic Captain Brian Frankel presented "Fire Chief Awards" to personnel that performed the first three of four interdependent links in the Chain of Survival - immediate bystander CPR, rapid entry into the 911 system and early defibrillation .  Prince George's County Paramedics responded to the call and provided advanced cardiac support while transporting the patient to an area hospital.

The awards were presented during the Census Bureau Healthy Heart Program.

The employee has recovered from his medical ordeal and was in attendance at today's award ceremony.




Josuha Sanchez and Dave Garrow 

Your actions on the 23rd October 2012 that provided exemplary life saving actions to a co-worker that suffered a massive heart attack.  As a result of your quick thinking, selflessness, and rapid initiation of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); your actions not only saved the life of your co-worker, but started a chain of events that ensured a positive outcome.  If it had not been for the actions of you and your fellow co-workers, the outcome would have been dramatically different. On behalf of your dedication and commitment, we thank you and recognize you as a hero in our community!


Rose Diaz, RN 
Tiffany Tayman 
Kimberly Carter (absent)

Your actions on the 23rd October 2012 that provided exemplary life saving actions, you and your fellow co-workers ensured that the necessary medical staff was alerted for a coworker that suffered a massive heart attack.   As a result of your actions, he received the prompt medical care and defibrillation that ultimately led to his survival.  If it had not been for your actions and the actions of your fellow co-workers, the outcome would have been dramatically different. Your dedication and commitment as part of this life saving team positively reflects on you and your commitment to our community.  We thank you for this commitment and recognize you as a hero in our community!


Beverly Vaughn, RN 
Cheryl Fletcher-Walls, RN 

Your actions on the 23rd October 2012 that provided exemplary life saving actions to a co-worker that suffered a massive heart attack.  As a result of your quick response with an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), immediate defibrillation was administered that directly contributed to a successful outcome.  If it had not been for your actions and the actions of your fellow co-workers, the patient’s outcome may have been dramatically different.  Your response, treatment, and transfer of care to Emergency Medical Services personnel not only contributed to this patient’s survival, but reflects positively on you and your commitment to our community.  On behalf of your dedication and commitment, we thank you and recognize you as a hero in our community!

Congratulations to everyone involved in the incident!!!  Every citizen should learn CPR and how to use an AED.  For additional information call 301-864-LIVE (5483).

UNIT CITATION - 38th Street Bridge Swift Water Rescue

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

Firefighters, Paramedics and Technical Rescue team members were recognized for their actions with a Fire/EMS Department "Unit Citation" at a ceremony held on Monday, February 4, 2013, at the St. Joseph Station 806 in Springdale.  A "Unit Citation" is the highest award bestowed to a group for their combined actions at the scene of an incident where teamwork is put to the test in life or death situations.

Photo by Mark E. Brady

On Friday June 1st, 2012, Fire/EMS units and the Technical Rescue team were dispatched to a report of 3 teenagers stranded in high swift moving water. There had been several heavy thunderstorms throughout the area and many of the creeks and roads were flash flooding. Upon arrival, units found three teenaged males in the fast moving rapidly rising waters of the Northwest Branch of the Anacostia River. The victims were stranded in the middle of a waterway that was approximately 100’ wide. The water depth varied because of the heavy rains from the severe storms passing thru the area causing flash flooding throughout the Metropolitan area.

The victim’s location was created by an eddy which was in jeopardy of being compromised by the fast rising flood water. Due to the extended time in the water the potential for hypothermic conditions existed. Debris was also being washed down the waterway which would cause serious injury and also knock the victims back into the current if they came into contact.

Upon arrival of the Technical Rescue Team, it was quickly decided that the crews would use the aerial from Truck 801 as an anchor point to lower a rescuer down to the three victims and then use a haul system to bring them back up. This was a sound strategy due to the fact that the water was rising very quickly and there was a great deal of debris that was coming from up stream. An additional hazard was the large hydraulics that was created because of the construction of the bridge. This made it nearly impossible to access the victims via the shoreline. With the help of the manpower off Truck 801 and Engine 855, TR 806’s crew was able to utilize this haul system to remove the three patients from the hazardous situation. Once the three victims were removed from the water, the EMS Duty Officer sent them to Children’s Hospital with Medic 844 and Ambulance 801.

The rescue and successful mitigation of this incident was supported by the ability of Fire/EMS crews to work cohesively. Your actions reflect favorably upon yourself, the Fire/EMS units assigned to this incident and on the Department as a whole. Congratulations!!! Keep up the good work.

Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor awarded these personnel for their combined efforts in the rescue of three teen-aged males from the swift moving water underneath the 38th Street Bridge in Brentwood on June 1, 2012.

Photo by Teresa Ann Crisman

Incident Command

Assistant Fire Chief Paul J. Cruz
Technical Services Battalion Chief Steven E. White
Volunteer Battalion Chief 884 Brandon Frieder
Paramedic Lieutenant Earnestine A. “Tina” Fitzgerald

Technical Rescue 806 – St. Josephs

Fire Lieutenant Richard J. Brushwood
Fire Fighter Glenn “Travis” Lambert
Fire Fighter/Medic Joseph C. Ford
Fire Fighter/Medic Alexander H. Myers
Fire Fighter/Medic Robert J. Blevins III

Fire/EMS Station 849 “Swift Water Rescue” - Laurel Rescue

Volunteer Chief Mark Arsenault
Deputy Volunteer Chief Rich Takacs
Assistant Volunteer Chief Clyde Williams
Volunteer Fire Fighter Charles O’Donnell
Volunteer Fire Fighter Richard Muse

Volunteer Marine Division - Company 857

Volunteer Member Mark Adkins
Volunteer Member Doug Gazzale

Fire/EMS Station 801 – Hyattsville

Volunteer Fire Fighter – Eric Smolinski
Volunteer Fire Fighter Lawler Whitman
Volunteer Fire Fighter Matt Lauria
Volunteer Fire Fighter Pat Williams
Volunteer Fire Fighter Josh Murphy
Volunteer Fire Fighter Ivan Lawit
Volunteer Fire Fighter Robert Ridley
Volunteer Fire Fighter Henry Sullivan

Fire/EMS Station 855 – Bunker Hill

Fire Lieutenant Falanda Reed
Fire Fighter/Medic Andrew C. Rohrbaugh
Fire Fighter/Medic Curtis L. Chase
Fire Fighter Monica M. Yates
Volunteer Fire Fighter Tony George
Volunteer Fire Fighter D’Angelo Cooper

Fire/EMS Station 844 – Paramedics – Chillum

Fire Fighter/Medic Sean E. Simmons
Fire Fighter/Medic Nathan N. Davies

UNIT CITATION Presentation - Van Dusen Rescue

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

Firefighters, Paramedics and Technical Rescue team members were recognized for their actions with a Fire/EMS Department "Unit Citation" at a ceremony held on Monday, February 4, 2013, at the St. Josephs Station 806 in Springdale. A "Unit Citation" is the highest award bestowed to a group for their combined actions at the scene of an incident where teamwork is put to the test in life or death situations.

Photo by Mark E. Brady

On Tuesday, April 21, 2012, a large contingent of Fire/EMS units that responded to a reported Confined Space Rescue in the 5400 block of Van Dusen Road in Laurel. Initial 911 callers reported an employee was pinned in a mulch dye machine.

Incident Command was established and an initial scene size up was performed by first arriving Fire/EMS personnel. After the initial assessment, a “GO Team” was requested to assist paramedics in the extrication of the victim trapped inside the machinery.

Additional resources began arriving on the scene and were put into positions to assist with this complicated and intense rescue. All units worked diligently as a team to ensure that all needed facets of the rescue were covered. Personnel performed tasks that included hauling systems, EMS Care, safety systems, liaisons, air monitoring, landing zones, and manual support.

Due to the professionalism of all personnel on the scene, the tireless efforts, and overall team effort, the patient was successfully extricated and transported to the hospital and is making a full recovery.

Their ability to work as part of a team was a significant contributing factor in the successful mitigation of this incident. Their actions reflect favorably upon themselves, the Fire/EMS units assigned to this incident and to the Department as a whole. Congratulations on a job well done.

In recognition of the combined efforts of these personnel in the rescue of an adult male trapped within the machinery of a mulch dye machine on April 21, 2012, Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor presented the following personnel with a Unit Citation:

Photo by Teresa Ann Crisman

Incident Command

Assistant Fire Chief Adon Snyder
Assistant Fire Chief Dennis C. Wood
Technical Services Battalion Chief Steven E. White
Fire Fighter/Medic Battalion Chief Joseph A. Cardello
Paramedic Battalion Chief Kristen R. Angell
Fire Fighter/Medic Captain Brian J. Frankel
Fire Fighter Lieutenant Jeffrey R. Pinkett
Citizen Services Unit William McNeel
Volunteer Safety Officer Dave McGill

Technical Rescue 806 – St. Josephs

Fire Captain Steven Gallagher
Fire Fighter/Medic Jonathan W. Bender
Fire Fighter Tammy Acosta
Fire Fighter Michael J. Kiefer
Fire Fighter/Medic Leonard F. Collins
Fire Fighter/Medic Technician Jamieson P. Scarlata

Technical Rescue 847 – Fort Washington

Fire Fighter/Medic Captain Anthony P. McCormick
Fire Fighter Technician Michael J. Bell
Fire Fighter Brian S. Goldfeder
Fire Fighter/Medic Gilbert L. James, Jr.

Technical Rescue 814 – Berwyn Heights

Volunteer Assistant Chief Chase Fabrizo
Volunteer Captain Ryan Wagner
Fire Fighter/Medic Lieutenant Ryan G. Adkins
Fire Fighter/Medic Technician Rodney L. Bolen
Fire Fighter/Medic Bryan M. Anderson
Fire Fighter Evander M. Davis
Volunteer Fire Fighter Mark Grant
Volunteer Fire Fighter Scott Pierce
Volunteer Fire Fighter Nathan Collins

Fire/EMS Station 841 – Calverton

Fire Fighter/Medic Lieutenant Jesse R. Constantino
Fire Fighter/Medic Robert P. Roozen
Fire Fighter/Medic Angela D. Kennedy
Fire Fighter Michael W. Shackelford

Fire/EMS Station 810 - Laurel

Volunteer Assistant Chief Duane Hull
Fire Fighter/Medic Captain Lee R. Collins
Volunteer Captain Wesley Burns
Fire Fighter/Medic Richard E. Lawhorne
Volunteer Fire Fighter Joe Baker
Fire Fighter Christina M. McNeill
Paramedic Stephen G. Chagnon
Fire Fighter/Medic Edward G. Aldaco

Fire/EMS Station 831 - Beltsville

Fire Captain Scott Kilpatrick
Fire Fighter/Medic Ryan A. Stevens
Fire Fighter Chad M. Staley
Fire Fighter Michael W. Higdon

Fire/EMS Station 812 – College Park

Volunteer Chief William Corrigan
Fire Fighter/Medic Captain James M. Jiron
Fire Fighter/Medic Daniel K. Frost
Fire Fighter Brooke L. Thompson
Fire Fighter Keith R. Therres
Volunteer Fire Fighter Nicholas Lucianni