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Several members of Kentland Volunteer Fire Department were recognized today for their actions on two separate incidents.
Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor, Deputy Fire Chief Jim McClelland, Assistant Fire Chief Alan Doubleday and Chuck Walker, President of the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association were on hand to help recognize the deserving members at a ceremony at the Kentland Fire Station in Landover. Kentland Volunteer Chief Tony Kelleher and numerous members were in attendance in support of their fellow members. The award recognized members for their ingenuity and bravery in rescuing a family of three from a burning apartment building.
Deserving members were presented with Emergency Services Awards and an accompanying letter:
In the early morning hours of Thursday, August 27, 2015, units from the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department responded for an apartment building fire in the 4400 block of 68th Place in Landover Hills, with reports of people trapped. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find a 3-story (front) and 4-story (rear) garden-style apartment building with fire showing from within the interior stairwell and extension to the roof.
The first arriving crew from Landover Hills Fire/EMS Station 830 advanced hose lines to extinguish the fire and perform an interior search for trapped occupants. Additional firefighters, including members of the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., arrived and took a position at the rear of the 4-story building. They observed a family of three on a top floor balcony adjacent the apartment of origin. The family’s only means of egress was through the stairwell, which was obstructed by fire and smoke. The apparatus carrying ladders tall enough to reach the victims had not yet arrived, and the ones on the scene were inadequate to access the balcony at the rear of the building. Firefighters were forced to use a combination of two ladders, a 28-footer to reach the third floor and a 14-foot roof ladder that was hung vertically from the fourth floor balcony. They ascended the 14-foot ladder, “pompier” style to access the trapped occupants and ensure their rescue. As one victim was being assisted down the ladders, firefighters provided their air masks to those awaiting rescue. Each of the occupants was safely removed and placed in the care of EMS personnel for evaluation.
Your performance, as well as the teamwork and ingenuity demonstrated on the scene of this incident, saved three lives and is commendable and worthy of recommendation. Therefore, you are hereby awarded a Fire/EMS Department Emergency Services Award. Your actions reflect well on you both personally and professionally, the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., and exemplify the excellent caliber of service we strive to provide to the residents of Prince George’s County.
Member’s receiving Emergency Services Awards included:
Volunteer Deputy Chief Roger Steger
Volunteer Sergeant Mike Freeman
Volunteer Fire Fighter John Fitzpatrick
Volunteer Fire Fighter Tim Jones
Volunteer Fire Fighter Will Patelis
Volunteer Fire Fighter Chris Richards
Volunteer Fire Fighter Cameron McKay
Volunteer Fire Fighter Kevin Stapleton
Volunteer Fire Fighter Geatano Leone
Fire Chief Bashoor also presented Emergency Services Award to deserving personnel for their actions in rescuing a female from her burning townhouse. In addition to a Certificate of Award an accompanying letter read:
Just past midnight on Sunday, October 18, 2015, you were a member of the crews on board units from the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., which were dispatched to the 10000 block of Campus Way South for a reported house fire with entrapment. You arrived to find a 2-story townhouse with heavy fire showing from the second floor. Engine 833 quickly advanced an attack line to the second floor and began knocking down the fire. Hearing sounds that possibly could have been coming from a victim, Tower 833 began aggressively searching of a second floor bedroom. The search was extremely difficult, due to the configuration of the bedroom and a large amount of personal belongings gathered there. Nevertheless, the crews persevered and were able to locate the victim and remove her from the burning home. Once outside, she was transferred into the care of awaiting EMS personnel and transported to the nearest hospital.
It was later learned that the patient’s nose hairs were singed and there was soot in her mouth. Had it not been for the quick thinking and immediate response of you and your fellow crew members, the outcome of this emergency might have been far more tragic. Your performance on the scene of this incident is directly responsible for saving the female victim’s life. Therefore, it is my pleasure to present to you a Fire/EMS Department Emergency Services Award. Your actions reflect well on you both personally and professionally, the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., and exemplify the excellent caliber of service we strive to provide to the residents of Prince George’s County.
Member’s receiving Emergency Services Awards included:
Volunteer Lieutenant Andrew Evans
Volunteer Sergeant Michael Freeman
Volunteer Fire Fighter Layne Bynum
Volunteer Fire Fighter Richard Green
Volunteer Fire Fighter Kyle Halm
Volunteer Fire Fighter David Jones
Volunteer Fire Fighter Nicholas Martin
Volunteer Fire Fighter Anthony Rhode
Volunteer Fire Fighter Christopher Rutter