MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
For the first time in the history of the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department, two of our female members very deservingly received the Department’s highest award presented to a member of the Department.
Earlier this year, Fire Fighter/Medic Sara Shaffer and Fire Fighter/Medic Katherine “Katie” Johnson were honored at the Public Safety Valor Awards, with both receiving Gold Medals for life-saving actions performed while operating on separate incidents. Subsequently, they were recognized as the Fire/EMS Department “Fire Fighter of the Year” and “Paramedic of the Year,” respectively.
|Fire Fighter/Medic Sara Shaffer|
This month promises to be yet another significant and exciting period for the dynamic duo, starting with Sara, the American Legion’s selection for “National Firefighter of the Year.” This comes as the result of her actions on the scene of an incident, which helped save the life of a fellow firefighter. On August August 27, she will be recognized at the Annual National American Legion Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. While the Fire/EMS Department has had several American Legion Award recipients at the State level, this is the first time a member of the Fire/EMS Department has ever been awarded at the National level. County Fire Chief Bashoor plans to be in attendance at this prestigious awards ceremony.
|Fire Fighter/Medic Katherine "Katie" Johnson|
Congratulations to Sara Shaffer and best of luck to Katie Johnson. Both represent the very best of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department.