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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Arrangements for Retired Fire Fighter Bernard Hoffler

Retired Fire Fighter Bernard Lamont Hoffler passed away on May 24, 2013, after battling a lengthy illness.  The funeral arrangements are as follows:
Funeral Service:

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Viewing – 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Service – 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

JB Jenkins Funeral Home
7474 Landover Road
Landover, Maryland 20785


Chapel Oaks VFD
5544 Sheriff Road
Capitol Heights, Maryland 20743
Final Resting:

Charleston, South Carolina

Our thoughts and prayers are with Bernard’s Family.

SILVER ALERT Man Found by a Compassionate Volunteer Firefighter

A couple lessons were re-inforced this afternoon in West Lanham Hills.  First, Silver Alerts do work.  Second, firefighters help members of the community in many different ways and often go above and beyond the call of duty to help. 

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.

Friday, May 24, 2013

PGPD Searches for Critical Missing Person

Richard Walter Haynes

The Prince George’s County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in finding a critical missing person. He is identified as 82-year-old Richard Walter Haynes of the 1000 block of Brightseat Road in Landover. He was last seen leaving his home on May 23, 2013. Haynes suffers from high blood pressure and may be in need of medication.

Haynes is described as a black male, 5’6” and 175 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue jacket and khaki pants. Haynes may be operating a 1994 two door green Cadillac Eldorado with Maryland Tags 03427AE.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Regional Investigative Division Central (District III) at 301-772-4911.