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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Emergency Services Awards for Life Saving Actions at Motorcycle Crash

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

Four members of the Fire and Emergency Medical Services were presented with Emergency Services Awards for their actions at the scene of a motorcycle crash. The following were presented with awards;

Amber Leizear, Laurel Volunteer Fire Department
Spiro Dimakas, Branchville Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad, Inc.
Steve Sobolewski, Volunteer Paramedic, Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad
Donald DeGraves, Firefighter/Medic Technician

On the evening of Monday, January 5, 2015, four off duty members of the Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were traveling separately in the area of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway near Greenbelt.  Upon witnessing a motorcycle collide with the rear end of a tractor trailer, each of them stopped to provide assistance and encountered a critically injured male in his early to mid-20s.  The impact from the accident had caused the victim to be thrown from his motorcycle and subsequently run over by the tractor trailer, thereby sustaining serious trauma to both legs.  Due to his extensive injuries and priority status, Public Safety Communications was advised that a helicopter would be necessary.  

Knowing the patient might soon lose consciousness, a concerted effort was made to get the young man’s personal information while treating his injuries.  Now operating as a team, the four worked intensely to control the bleeding from his partially amputated left leg.  He had multiple closed and open fractures to his right leg, and C-spine precautions were maintained because of the severity of the wounds.  A full patient assessment revealed a partially detached ankle, multiple deformities, open fractures, and evidence of a lower spinal injury. 

The initially requested helicopter was cancelled as the patient’s condition rapidly deteriorated, and he was transported by the first arriving EMS unit to the closest Trauma Center.  A full report, including his personal information, was given to the paramedics.  Thankfully, the patient is expected to survive; however, his left leg was too severely damaged and had to be amputated.    

The performance of the four individuals on the scene of this incident is commendable and worthy of recognition.  Their actions reflect well on them personally and exemplifies the excellent caliber of service the Fire/EMS Department strives to provide to the residents of Prince George’s County.

PGFD Deputy Fire Chief McClelland, Amber Leizear and PGCVFRA President Chuck Walker

Branchville Volunteer Chief Leizear, Fire Chief Bashoor and Spiro Dimakas

Fire Fighter/Medic Technician DeGraves and Fire Chief Bashoor

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