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Monday, December 22, 2014

FOX 5 Coverage of PGFD Delivering Relief to Displaced Mount Rainier Family


Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department to Deliver Gifts Tonight!!!

This evening Members of the Riverdale Fire Department, Inc. are teaming up with Code Enforcement Officers and Police Officers of Riverdale Park to deliver gifts to families in the Riverdale Park area.  This is the second part of a three-part operation to deliver smiles this holiday season.  The first part took place on Wednesday, December 17th, in which Riverdale Fire Department and Riverdale Park Police Department delivered food baskets to residents of Riverdale Park.   We will conclude on Wednesday, December 23rd with taking Santa around on Fire Apparatus to wish everyone of Riverdale Park a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year. 

Tonight’s toy delivery starts at 6:30 at Riverdale Park Town Hall (5008 Queensbury Rd., Riverdale, MD).

We hope you can make it out. 

Firefighters Brighten Day for Displaced Family

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

The Rojas family of Mount Rainier were visited by firefighters twice within 16 hours.  The first visit occurred on Sunday evening, December 21, at around 8:00 pm.  A fire in a 1st floor bedroom of their apartment in the 3400 block of Bunker Hill Road activated their working smoke alarm.  The Rojas family knew exactly what to do, get out and stay out.  Within 15 minutes of arrival firefighters had extinguished the fire, however, the damage was already done, the entire apartment was gutted.  All their belongings, including Christmas presents were destroyed.  The fire caused an estimated $40,000 in damages and left the family with the clothes they were wearing.  Jose Rojas, his wife Rosa and children Sylvia and Joshua were provided a hotel room courtesy of their apartment management for the night.

Prince George's County Firefighters visited the Rojas family a second time on Monday morning.  This time they came bearing toys for the 12 and 9 year old children and gift cards for mom and dad.  The mood was a bit more jolly than the night before.  Firefighters from the 4th Battalion, Community Outreach and Office of the Fire Marshal rolled into the Quality Inn in College Park with lights glaring and siren blaring alerting the community we were there to help.

Toys donated though the generosity of County residents to the Departments Toys for Tots program were age and gender selected and presented to Sylvia and Joshua, both students at Mount Rainier Elementary School.  Each year the Fire/EMS Department keeps aside donated toys just for incidents like this.  The family is already suffering from the loss of their home and we do what we can to ensure they have some semblance of a Christmas Day.

Battalion Chief Brian Frankel accepted cash donations from on-duty firefighters to purchase gift cards that were provided to Jose and Rosa.  Frankel is also arranging for a donation of clothes for the children that will be delivered personally on Tuesday.

The family also stopped by the Bunker Hill Fire/EMS Department and received the last Public Safety Holiday Food Basket.  The Red Cross has provided vouchers for food, clothing and shelter for the next four days.  Typically the Red Cross provided three days of shelter, however, that would mean vacating their temporary shelter on Christmas Day.  The Red Cross has avoided that situation and has provided an extra day of shelter.