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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

PGFD Firefighter/Medics Deliver More Than Thanksgiving Dinner to Families


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

A Mount Rainier family was the recipient of a full Thanksgiving meal courtesy of Prince George’s County Firefighter/Medics.  

On Tuesday evening a social worker contacted the Fire/EMS Department and described a family in need.  The social worker had distributed several food baskets amongst needy families in the Rainier Manor Apartments in Mount Rainier but only learned of another family while she was there.  She had exhausted her resources and had nowhere else to turn, so she called the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department. 

The family, 2 adults and 2 grown special needs children, needs were quickly passed on to the Fourth Battalion Commander late Tuesday evening.   Battalion Chief Brian Frankel immediately responded without hesitation to accept the task of providing for the family.

Wednesday morning Frankel informed his Fourth Battalion Firefighter/Medics about the family.  A collection was taken up amongst the firefighters who proceeded to go grocery shopping.  The firefighters shopped at the Hyattsville Giant Food Store #334.   Assistant Store Manager Tabatha Strickland heard what the firefighters were doing and donated a $25 gift card to go along with the food basket.

At around 12 noon today Battalion Chief Frankel and his Fourth Battalion Firefighters delivered a bountiful feast ready for Thanksgiving Day preparation.  The family of four, apartment complex management, the social worker and neighbors of the family thanked the firefighters for their generosity, compassion and ability to respond within such a short time period.

Congratulations and Thanksgiving to the personnel involved in today's delivery of food to a needy family.  You also delivered good will and and a sense of immense pride amongst your peers.

Another act of Thanksgiving will occur around 6:00 pm this evening when Firefighter/Medics from the Northview Fire/EMS Station #816 will deliver another bountiful basket to a Bowie family.  The Giant Food Store #330 donated the Thanksgiving Dinner to be used by the firefighters that work Thanksgiving Day.  The firefighters are extremely grateful to Giant Food, however, will donate the dinner to a Bowie family.  More on this story later.

Firefighter/Medics will also be delivering Holiday Food Baskets along with our Public Safety Partners as we get closer to the Christmas Holiday.  The Public Safety Assistance Program will deliver over 1500 food baskets to the families in need.  More to follow on this as well.

4th Battalion Firefighters with a Mount Rainier family that will now be able to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.

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