MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
On Sunday, October 25, 2015, the combined volunteer, civilian and paid members of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department will remember three firefighters that died on this date. Three members from three different volunteer departments suffered Line of Duty Deaths on this date over 75 years, including the first volunteer in the history of the department to have been killed while on duty.
On October 25, 1930 - Marlboro Volunteer Captain B. Wesley Cranford was killed in a crash while responding to an emergency call. His death is recognized as the first volunteer death in the Department. His name is part of the title of the Fire Services Building in Landover Hills along with the name of the first career firefighter Line of Duty Death - "Cranford-Graves" Fire Services Building.
On October 25, 2001 - Past Chief and President of the Glenn Dale Volunteer Fire Association, William Howzdy, passed away on this date after suffering a medical emergency at the station after Fire Prevention Open House.
On October 25, 2005 - Forestville Volunteer Chief Paul H. Thorne, Sr. passed away on this date after suffering a medical emergency while working a fund raising event at the station.