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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Gaylord Employees and PGFD Personnel Awarded and Meet Victim They Saved


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Rachel Dinbokowitz - Gaylord National Resort
rdinbokowitz@gaylordhotels.com
301-965-2111

Mark E. Brady - Fire/EMS Department
mebrady@co.pg.md.us
240-508-7930


(National Harbor, Md.) - J.W. Marriott, Jr., the Executive Chairman of the Board of Marriott International, honored two safety service personnel at Gaylord National Resort and Prince George’s County Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department for their quick actions and service in saving a guests life. An award ceremony took place at the hotel on Thursday, October 31 for resort employees and Prince George’s County Firefighter/Medics. “I am very proud to be here to personally recognize such courageous and selfless members of our community and hotel family,” said Mr. Marriott.   The personnel had a rare opportunity to meet and talk with a heart attack victim that they had a role in saving his life.

On the morning of Wednesday, August 28, 2013, Gaylord National Resort safety personnel and members of the Fire/EMS Department contributed to a chain of events that saved a mans life at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.   A patron at the resort, Derrick Howard, suffered a massive heart attack.  Gaylord safety crews arrived on the scene to find an unconscious male who was not breathing and had no pulse.   Ghennet Miltenberger-Walker and Officer Jeremy Jones immediately started CPR.  At the arrival of paramedics the victim was placed in their care.  After a rapid assessment using an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) which revealed a serious cardiac rhythm disturbance. The AED was used to deliver a shock that caused the victims heart to resume beating.  With his condition now stabilized, the patient was transported to a local hospital.  The attending physician remarked that the “swift action” is what saved his life.  Other medical personnel indicated that had it not been for the CPR administered by Ghennet Miltenberger-Walker and Officer Jones, this incident would have ended tragically.   

With the patients condition now stabilized, Derrick Howard was transported to a nearby hospital.  He was subsequently transferred to a hospital for increased cardiac care and placed in a medically induced coma.  He has since been discharged and returned home to New York.  Thankfully, the swift administration of CPR and the timely response of the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department created conditions conducive to saving this patient’s life. 


Fire Chief Bashoor presented Emergency Services Awards to the Firefighter/Medics and Fire Chiefs Awards to Gaylord National Resort Safety personnel. 

The following Fire/EMS Department personnel responded on the call and received an Emergency Services Award.

Michael J. Perritt, Fire Fighter/Medic Lieutenant
Edward J. Haaxma, Fire Fighter/Medic Technician        
Thomas R. Joachim, Fire Fighter/Medic        
Christopher D. Klinepeter, Fire Fighter        
Daniel J. Lundholm, Fire Fighter        
Justin K. Maynard, Fire Fighter        
Yassine M. Soumah, Fire Fighter


These images provided courtesy of the Gaylord National Resort
    



J.W. Marriott, Jr.,Ghennet Miltenberger-Walker and Fire Chief Marc Bashoor


J.W. Marriott, Jr., Jeremy Jones and Fire Chief Marc Bashoor


J.W. Marriott, Jr. with Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Personnel

The following images by Teresa Crisman, PGFD 

Fire/EMS personnel line up with Gaylord employees at Awards Ceremony in the atrium of the resort 

Fire Chief Bashoor also presented awards to Gaylord Safety Service personnel that initiated CPR
J.W. Marriott, Jr. with Prince George’s County Fire Chief Bashoor and Fire/EMS Personnel
Gaylord National Resort Safety Officers  Miltenberger-Walker (red shirt with plaque) and Jeremy Jones (blue coat with plaque),  stand with Fire Chief Bashoor (1st on left in PGFD uniform) and Fire/EMS Department personnell that worked as a team to save the life of Derrick Howard of New York (grey coat-hands folded in front).

UPDATE - 2-Alarm Fire on Pennsylvania Avenue Ruled "Incendiary"

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

UPDATE at 4:30 pm November 6, 2013.

Prince George's County Fire Investigators have determined the cause of this mornings fire is "Incendiary."  This intentionally set fire remains open and under investigation.  Anyone with information about this fire is asked to call our ARSON HOTLINE at 301-77-ARSON (27766).

At about 10:30 am, Wednesday, November 6, firefighters from the Fire/EMS Department's Third Battalion were alerted to an apartment fire in District Heights.  911 call takers answered numerous calls from residents reporting the fire with some telling call takers that building occupants could not get out.  First arriving firefighters checked on the scene and reported a 2-story apartment building at 6425 Pennsylvania Avenue with heavy fire showing from the second floor.  A 2nd Alarm was immediately requested bringing additional equipment, staffing and incident commanders to the scene. 

Three adult occupants had attempted to exit their apartment by way of the interior stairwell but encountered high heat and thick smoke.  They retreated back into their apartments and awaited rescue while on their balcony.  Some of the initial arriving firefighters made the rescues using ground ladders.  The rescued occupants were evaluated and quickly determined they were not injured.

The fire had started to extend into the roof as firefighters advanced hose lines into the burning apartment building and performed a primary and secondary search for anyone that may still may have been inside.  All searches provide negative.  Firefighters were successful in stopping the rapid spread of the fire by an aggressive interior attack and roof ventilation.

Firefighters had the bulk of the fire knocked down within 20 minutes of arrival.  There were a total of 90 firefighters, medics, incident commanders and support staff on the scene.  No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported. 

The cause of the fire is incendiary and remains under investigation..  It appears the fire started in a second floor apartment.  Preliminary fire loss is estimated at $350,000.  18 adults and 2 children will be displaced as a result of the fire.  The Penn Landing Apartments management, County Citizen Services Unit and the American Red Cross will work together to ensure temporary shelter for the displaced residents.

Department Recognized by PETA for Rescue and Care of Mylo and Otis

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

The Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department has been recognized by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

The Department has been awarded a "COMPASSIONATE FIRE DEPARTMENT AWARD" for our extraordinary efforts in rescuing two dogs from a house fire.  This stems from a house fire in Bowie where two Chihuahua dogs were removed from the gutted home interior and resuscitated using Pet Oxygen Masks. 

The dogs family could not afford veterinary care so personnel from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Public Information Office intervened and found vet care for the dogs.  Sadly, despite the best efforts of all involved, Otis succumbed to his smoke inhalation injuries a few days after the incident.  

The second dog continues to recover after spending a couple days with a friendly vet.  Mylo was accepted with no promise of payment by the Family Veterinary Clinic on Defense Highway in Gambrills. Mylo was being treated for thermal burns to his eyes and throat. Christine D. Yates, D.V.M. told a fire investigator that Mylo responded well to treatment and medicine and looks for the dog to recover with follow-up care.

In a letter accompanying the award Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President  stated, "On behalf of PETA and our more than 3 million members and supporters, including thousands across Maryland, i am pleased to present the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department with our Compassionate Fire Department Award."  She concluded, "We hope that your Department's kindness will inspire others always to come to the aid of an animal in need."

This is the second "Compassionate Fire Department Award": we have received.  In October 2012 the Department was recognized for our efforts in rescuing a small kitten that was trapped within the engine of a car.


2-Alarm Apartment Fire - 6425 Pennsylvania Avenue

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

At about 10:30 am, Wednesday, November 6, firefighters from the Fire/EMS Department's Third Battalion were alerted to an apartment fire in District Heights.  911 call takers answered numerous calls from residents reporting the fire with some telling call takers that building occupants could not get out.  First arriving firefighters checked on the scene and reported a 2-story apartment building at 6425 Pennsylvania Avenue with heavy fire showing from the second floor.  A 2nd Alarm was immediately requested bringing additional equipment, staffing and incident commanders to the scene. 

Three adult occupants had attempted to exit their apartment by way of the interior stairwell but encountered high heat and thick smoke.  They retreated back into their apartments and awaited rescue while on their balcony.  Some of the initial arriving firefighters made the rescues using ground ladders.  The rescued occupants were evaluated and quickly determined they were not injured.

The fire had started to extend into the roof as firefighters advanced hose lines into the burning apartment building and performed a primary and secondary search for anyone that may still may have been inside.  All searches provide negative.  Firefighters were successful in stopping the rapid spread of the fire by an aggressive interior attack and roof ventilation.

Firefighters had the bulk of the fire knocked down within 20 minutes of arrival.  There were a total of 90 firefighters, medics, incident commanders and support staff on the scene.  No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation with no cause being ruled out.  It appears the fire started in a second floor apartment.  Preliminary fire loss is estimated at $350,000.  18 adults and 2 children will be displaced as a result of the fire.  The Penn Landing Apartments management, County Citizen Services Unit and the American Red Cross will work together to ensure temporary shelter for the displaced residents.

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Bladensburg VFD Presented with Fire Chiefs Award


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

The Bladensburg Volunteer Fire Department was the first organization to be presented with the Fire Chiefs Award.  Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor presented Volunteer Chief Randy Kuenzli, President Donnie Wells and the entire Bladensburg volunteer membership with the "Flame" award at their company meeting on November 5.  

Chief Bashoor strongly believes the Bladensburg Volunteer Fire Department has gone above and beyond being an all-volunteer station providing both suppression and emergency medical services for the past 9 years.  Chief Bashoor was accompanied by Deputy Fire Chief Ben Barksdale, Emergency Services Commander, in making the presentation.  Typically, the Fire Chiefs "Flame" Award is bestowed upon an individual.  This is the first time an entire organization has received the award.

Chief Bashoor provided the following comments while making the award presentation.

I am honored to be here tonight - to recognize the efforts of ordinary people, doing extraordinary things, to help other ordinary people.

Many times, I have mused about the United Nations of member states your membership represents - I am proud of each and every one of you, and proud to recognize the Bladensburg Volunteer Fire Department as an integral part of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Dept.  And while I'd love to see more of you call Prince Georges County home, I am humbled by your choice to serve Prince George's County and I am proud of the regional diversity you represent and the service you provide.

Our job, our mission through that service, is to bring calm to chaos.  Organizationally, to ensure we maintain the public’s trust - we must extol a value system in the execution of that service.  The Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department value statement is called THE PROMISE. Trust, honor, ethics, professionalism, responsiveness, outreach, mentorship, inspiration, safety, and energetic enthusiasm.

The service we deliver is universal - in most cases the people we deliver that service to, don't know us.  They don't put labels on us - they really don't care whether we are volunteer or career, black or white, male or female.   In most cases what they REALLY care about is that someone who knows what to do, is there to help.  I believe your service has represented THE PROMISE well.

Nine years ago, the Bladensburg Volunteer Fire Department embarked upon an experiment in THE PROMISE.   I think the following quote from “Report From Engine Co. 82” really captures what you set out to do - and indeed, what you've done.  That quote says, “Romantic visions of courage and heroism are the stuff from which novels are constructed, but the reality of courage and heroism to a firefighter is hard, dirty work.”  Fire or EMS, that’s what you’ve been through for the past 4,730,400 minutes.

9 Years – some supported, some doubted, some helped - as we move forward, make no mistake, there will be challenges ahead!  I pledge to work with all of the volunteer corporations to provide the highest level of service possible to the communities we serve.  We will continue to strive for recognition of a One-Department operation, which also celebrates individualism.  The courage, heroism, and selflessness demonstrated by our combined career staff and volunteers should be celebrated – not weakened by pointless bickering or name-calling.

There are proud Volunteer corporations all over Prince George’s County, who provide service free-of-charge every day.  By now, however, you know – that you have achieved and succeeded where no other Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George’s County has been able to succeed. Congratulations reaching this 9 year milestone - providing continuous all volunteer fire and emergency medical transport service.  

Knowing that we have done something in our lives that is honorable and not cowardly - we are able to live in a peaceful humanity.  I can think of no more stirring a symbol of honorable humanity, than that of a firefighter or EMT - add the fact that you volunteer to lay your life on the line for another, with no expectation of anything in return - I salute you.

The Fire Chiefs award is normally presented to an individual. Tonight - Chief Kuenzli and President Wells, In recognition of the Bladensburg Volunteer Fire Department’s continuous and uninterrupted volunteer service for the past 9 years, I am honored to present your company the first Prince George’s County Fire Chiefs award to be presented to a Volunteer Fire Department.  Thank you all for your service.