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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Happy Veterans Day - PGFD Highlights Service of Paul J. Cruz

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

The Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department, in observance of Veterans Day, wishes to acknowledge and thank America's Veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.  

Paul Cruz proudly flying the colors
The Department has a significant number of Veterans amongst our volunteer and career personnel that have bravely served our Country in many different capacities.  

We also have four firefighters that are currently deployed or have recently returned from deployment.  Paul Cruz and Phyllis Jenkins are deployed and Catherine Crilley and Jujuan Cunningham just returned.  We hope to highlight each one of these Veterans during the month of November.  

In addition to both being in the fire service, Crilley and Cruz have also share some USN Reserve experience together, read that story here.  

Today we highlight Paul J. Cruz, Assistant Fire Chief for the Fire/EMS Department and Special Operations Airborne Tactical Systems Operator.  Paul is currently in Afghanistan after having been deployed to two other countries on this mobilization.

This is Cruz's 2nd mobilization.  His 1st was in 2005 to Baghdad, Irag as a Special Operations Human Intelligence Collector - Interrogator.  This makes Cruz a Veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns.

His military resume includes 19.5 years of service, 5 years active duty Sergeant USMC, 14.5 years USN Reservist - Chief Petty Officer.  He joined the Reserves September 2001.

Paul is looking forward to his return to his wife and children as well as his extended fire service family in early January 2016.  We all look forward to that day as well!!!

Media Coverage of Chillum Road Mass Casualty Incident

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

A horrific and tragic incident occurred on the evening of Sunday, November 8, 2015.  A crash on Chillum Road had initially claimed the lives of 4 people including 1 child.  14 others were transported to area hospitals some in critical condition.  This mass casualty incident was one of the worst the Department has experienced in recent memory considering the number of patients (18), fatalities (4) and the severity of injuries (8 in critical-life threatening).  About 60 Firefighter/EMT,Medics worked through the incident.  The District of Columbia Fire/EMS Department, Montgomery County Department of Fire/Rescue Services, Maryland State Police Trooper 2 and US Park Eagle 1 assisted PGFD units.  Fire/EMS units from Anne Arundel County and Howard County filled in at empty Prince George's County Stations.

I will attach media stories from Sunday and Monday and a Washington Post story published on Monday.

Prince George's Sentinel Newspaper

NBC 4 Washington.