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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Veterans Day - PGFD Highlights Service of JaJuan Cunningham

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.  

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


Today we take a look at Fire Fighter/Medic Jajuan Cunningham.  Cunningham recently returned from recruiting duty and is a Supply NCO at the rank of Staff Sergeant in the Maryland National Guard.

He joined the Guard right out of high school as a Combat Engineer.  Cunningham was deployed to Bosnia in 2001 - 2002 and in Operation Noble Eagle on the Mexico Border during 2003 - 2004.  In 2005 he was sent with the Guard to assist with Hurricane Katrina efforts.  Jajuan was deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom during 2007 - 2008.

Cunningham holds several Military Occupational Specialties including 12B Combat Engineer, 19D Cavalry Scout, 79T Recruiter and 92Y Unit Supply Specialist.  Additionally, Cunningham has been recognized with several military awards for his service.

He recently returned from active duty and is assigned to Ambulance 833 on D Shift.



Jajuan, thank you for your service to your Country and to Prince George's County.  Glad to have you back.







PGFD Townhouse Fire - father crashes rushing back to his children home alone (UPDATED)

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

At around 10:45, Veterans Day morning, Prince George’s County Firefighters were alerted to a fire inside of a Kettering/Largo area townhouse.  Firefighters arrived at a 2-story, middle of the row, townhouse in the 100 block of Old Enterprise Road with smoke showing from the front.  A fire was quickly located on the first floor and a search of the interior proved negative for trapped occupants.  The bulk of the fire was quickly extinguished and extension hotspots were located and extinguished as well.

Two pre-teen juveniles were at home when the fire started.  The oldest child heard the smoke alarm emitting the audible warning of a fire.  She investigated and saw a fire and exited the house with her sibling and quickly exited.   We originally reported that the home did not appear to have any working smoke alarms which is incorrect based on the fire investigation report. 

The adult male homeowner and father of the two children had learned of the fire via a cell phone call.  He apparently was rushing home when he rolled his vehicle in the intersection of Central Avenue and Enterprise Road.  He extricated himself from his vehicle that was upside down in a ditch and started running to his children and house.  He managed the half-mile run and was immediately reunited with his children.  Medics evaluated him for possible injuries and ended up transporting him to an area hospital with minor injuries and a medical condition triggered possibly from running to the scene.

The family of 2 adults and 2 children will be displaced.  They will receive some temporary assistance from the County Citizen Services Unit and the American Red Cross.

After completing their work, firefighters went door-to-door checking neighboring townhomes for working smoke alarms.  If no alarm was found or not working, firefighters installed one free of charge.  Two homes had new 10-year smoke alarms installed this morning by firefighters.  Any Prince George’s County resident needing smoke alarm and can not afford to purchase one themselves may call 311 and request one.

UPDATED at 2:00 pm - Fire Investigators determined that a malfunctioning extension cord that ran behind a bookcase in the living room is the cause of the fire.  Fire loss is estimated at $50,000.


A father rushing home to his burning house and children rolled his vehicle, extricated himself,
and ran 1/2 mile to his family. (PGFD Image)

Happy Veterans Day - PGFD Highlights Service of Catherine A. Crilley

Happy Veterans Day - PGFD Highlights Service of Catherine A. Crilley

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 all of America's Veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.  

The Department has a significant number of Veterans amongst our volunteer and career personnel that have bravely served our Country in many different capacities.   They continue to serve as firefighters, EMTs and medics here in Prince George's County.

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 Cunnigham just returned.  We hope to highlight each one of these Veterans during the month of November.  


The Paul Cruz Veterans Day story can be read here.

Today, the Department would like to highlight Firefighter/Medic Catherine A Crilley.  We tracked down Crilley at the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Training and Leadership Academy in Cheltenham participating in her re-entry training.  She will will resume her fire/EMS duties upon successful completion of this training.  


Crilley just recently returned from her 2nd deployment to Afghanistan. her first deployment was from 2009 - 2010 and just returned from her second deployment which started in 2014.

Crilley is in the Navy Reserve with a rank of E8 - Senior Chief Petty Officer.  She has completed 27 years in the military.  Crilley's first deployment was here in the United States after September 11, 2001.  
Crilley (far right) stands with Paul Cruz and his family at his pinning ceremony for Chief Petty Officer at Joint Base Andrews in 2011.

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

On behalf of the entire Fire/EMS Department, Happy Veterans Day and we are glad to have you back in Prince George's County!!!