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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

It was not up a tree but a Lexus - Firefighters rescued a cat stuck in a Lexus

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

A kitten was rescued out of a fender well of a Lexus this morning, June 4, in Landover.  Fire Captain Eric C. Hurt, assigned to the Volunteer Services Command, was making a delivery at the Kentland Fire/EMS Station 833 on Landover Road when a Lexus sedan approached him on the front ramp of the station.  The driver explained to Captain Hurt that he believed a cat was in his engine because of the constant meow coming from underneath the hood of the car.  Hurt searched for the kitten and discovered he was located in a void area between the front wheel well and the vehicle engine.

With the assistance of Fire Fighter Cameron Jones the pair dismantled the area surrounding the wheel well.  Kentland Volunteer probationary member Dan Baran came out to assist in the capture of the scared and elusive animal but within a short period of time the trio successfully removed what appeared to be a 7-week old male kitten.  The kitten appeared to be uninjured.  The man acknowledged the assistance of the firefighters and went on his way.

Captain Hurt drove the kitten to the Prince George's County Animal Management Division in Upper Marlboro for appropriate care.

The vehicle operator shows firefighters where the meow's were coming from

May be a little difficult to see but the eyes of a 7-week old kitten peek out from his spot inside of a wheel well.

Bladensburg Volunteers Offer $10,000 Reward for Arson Fire Info

The Bladensburg Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Inc. is upping the ante in finding the person(s) responsible for an Arson fire that injured seven firefighters in February 2012..  Two of the injured seven were critically injured and were members at Bladensburg.  Prince George's County Arson Investigators have received good leads and tips but still need more help from the community to close this case with an arrest.  Crime Solvers has offered a $1,000 reward and a separate reward from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) that posted a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for setting a fire in a vacant house in the 6400 block of 57th Avenue in Riverdale Heights.

Volunteer Chief Randy S. Kuenzli at Bladensburg spoke on behalf of the membership in announcing the reward of up to  $10,000.  The reward is available for up to one year.  Members of the community are asked to call 301-77-ARSON (301-772-7766) and provide any information about who set this fire.

The details of the Bladensburg reward can be seen in this document released by the volunteers on Monday, June 3, 2013.

Mark E. Brady
Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department
Chief Spokesperson/PIO

Fire/EMS Department Promotions

Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor announced the following promotions last week. 

These promotions were effective Sunday, June 3, 2013.


- Assistant Fire Chief Paul A. Gomez

- Fire Fighter/Medic Battalion Chief Eric V. Reith

- Fire Fighter/Medic Lieutenant Thomas E. Hosselrode