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Friday, September 25, 2015

Kitten Rescued by Ambulance Crew

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

On Wednesday, September 23, while the volunteer crew of PGFD Ambulance 899 was finishing up  paperwork after a transport to Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham they overhead staff talking about a kitten that was stuck in the parking garage.  Before leaving the hospital, the crew of Janet DeMeritt and Rajah Rose went to the parking garage to see if they could provide some assistance. 

They found a nurse who had tracked the kitten’s cry for help.  She was unable to reach the trapped kitty and was relived that help had arrived.  The crew of DeMeritt and Rose could barely see the kitten in a confined space between a concrete support beam and the concrete wall.  The small kitten was only being supported by a piece of metal rebar that prevented it from falling several feet to the concrete below.

The ambulance crew used Jan’s petite hands to reach into the small opening as Rose was able to negotiate a small rigid arm splint underneath the kitten.  After some maneuvering and dealing with a scared kitten the pair was able to lift the kitten to safety.

A member of the hospital staff was going to take the kitten home.


Job well done for having the initiative and ingenuity to help to DeMeritt and Rose.

If you look close enough you can see the face of a small kitten
that was trapped in  a confined space of a parking garage
DeMeritt and Rose pause for a photo with hospital staffer
that will care for rescued kitten


PGFD 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb/5K Run-Walk was a Huge Success

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

For the fifth time in as many years the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department hosted a 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb and 5K Walk/Run to honor the 343 Line-of-Duty Deaths that occurred in New York and to benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF).  The Foundation honors firefighters line of duty deaths, provides support to the survivors as well as offering programs to prevent firefighter deaths.

The 9-11 Memorial Stair Climbs are not timed race events, but a way for firefighters and the community to honor and remember the FDNY firefighters who selflessly gave their lives so that others might live.  Each participant pays tribute to a FDNY firefighter by climbing or walking the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. Your individual tribute not only remembers the sacrifice of an FDNY brother, but symbolically completes their heroic journey to save others. Through firefighter and community participation we can ensure that each of the 343 firefighters is honored and that the world knows that we will never forget. The proceeds of these events help the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation create and maintain programs that support fire service survivors. Your support of the 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb events provides assistance to the surviving families and co-workers of the 343 firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001.

On Saturday, September 12, 2015, despite some rain, hundreds of climbers/walkers showed up by 8:00 am to share in the opening ceremonies and begin their climb or walk at around 8:46 am.  The Department was honored to have Hillary Howard (WTOP and It’s Academic) and her husband Dave Statter (Statter911.com) serve as the Master of Ceremonies once again for this year’s event.  The event was held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention at the National Harbor in Prince George’s County.  Gaylord Resort provided a lunch to workers and participants as well as going above and beyond the call of duty to accommodate everyone due to the rainy weather.

There were a total of 540 registered climbers and walkers.  498 utilized the on-line registration and 42 signed up on the morning of the event.  The number of participants showed an increase of 110 compared to 2014 event.  Funds generated from registration were $35,992.  Add in another $25,000 generated from fill the boot drives, 50/50 raffle, sponsorships and on-line donations our gross total was around $61,000.  An increase of $27,000 raised in 2014.  Of particular note is the current firefighter recruit school class that raised over $12,000 in donations by themselves.

Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor stated, “Our combined efforts and hard work has honored the fallen firefighters of 9-11 and benefited the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.  I commend and thank everyone involved and have already started planning next years event.”

There are numerous 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb events that are held across the Country every year.  Based on the amount of funds raised for the NFFF the Prince George’s County event will place within the top three events, perhaps even the #1 spot, of the year.

The Department was honored to have Hillary Howard (WTOP and It’s Academic) and her husband Dave Statter (Statter911.com) serve as the Master of Ceremonies once again for this year’s event.










The 5K Run-Walk was moved into a parking garage due to the rain.







NFFF Invites Firefighters to Participate in Flag Ceremony at US Capitol


The annual tribute to our nation’s fallen firefighters will begin against the backdrop of the United States Capitol on Wednesday, September 30 at 2:00 pm. Leaders of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus will present 87 American flags flown over the U.S. Capitol to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). These flags will be given to surviving relatives at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service on Sunday, October 4 in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
There is a large need for personnel to participate in the actual ceremony and for this reason we need to make sure we have the numbers needed. We are in the process of finalizing the details for that event and it is VERY IMPORTANT that we get an accurate count of how many attendees we will have on site. 
If you are available on Wednesday to participate in the program, please e-mail me at enagle@firehero.org for additional details and so I can maintain a count and send you additional information regarding posting time, walk through details, etc.