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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Crash Claims Mans Family 3 Years Ago Returns to Thank Firefighter/Medics

On Monday, September 8, 2014, Kerne T. Andries visited Headquarters of the Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department to personally deliver a letter to me.  In August of 2011, Mr. Andries was the driver of a van that was involved in a crash on the median strip of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in Beltsville.  Everyone in the van suffered injury; his wife, infant son, and stepdaughter did not survive.

Since recovering from his physical injuries, Andries has been on a quest to find out as much information as possible about the accident.  He obtained a copy of the police report and subsequently conducted an internet search that which led him to the Fire/EMS Department News site and Media Release about the incident.  He expressed gratitude for our Media Release that provided a narrative of the incident, which helped him better understand what occurred.  As part of his emotional healing process, he is reaching out to thank the firefighters and paramedics who responded on that fateful morning.

After introducing him to Chief Bashoor, Kerne shared with us his feelings about the tragedy and where he is at this point in his life.  Chief Bashoor presented him with a Fire/EMS Department challenge coin and thanked him for his visit.

With Mr. Andries’ permission, I have attached a copy of his heartfelt letter and encourage everyone to take a moment to read it.  Perhaps, it will help providers understand what patients go through in the years following a traumatic incident such as this one.

Anyone who wishes to communicate with Kerne Andries may contact me for his information.

Mark E. Brady
Chief Spokesperson/PIO
Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department
9201 Basil CT #452
Largo, MD 20774
Twitter: @PGFDPIO

Original PGFD Press Release can be found by clicking here.

Press Release - Unit Citation awarded to crews assigned to the incident.

Kerne Andries with Fire Chief Bashoor.

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