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Monday, March 21, 2016

PGFD Pink T-Shirt Nets Donation to Doctors Community Hospital Foundation


Tamara Swinson, Specialist, Marketing and Communications
Doctors Community Hospital
8100 Good Luck Road
North Building, 4th Floor
Lanham, Maryland 20706
Office 240-965-4418 | Fax 240-965-8460


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

Since 2010, the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department has joined America in marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month by actively supporting awareness activities and fundraising efforts to fight breast cancer. 

As part of our annual campaign, volunteer and career Firefighters, Paramedics and Administrative Personnel of the Department are permitted to replace their usual work attire throughout the month of October with shirts promoting awareness for all forms of cancer, especially Breast Cancer, which effects as many as one in eight women in America.

Each year, Fire/EMS Department personnel are invited to purchase commemorative shirts with all net proceeds donated to fund cancer charities.  Proposed designs are created and submitted by members of the Department.  Final selection is made by the Fire Chief on the basis of promoting awareness, as well as representing the commitment of the entire Department to extend the message of courage and hope to the communities we serve. 

Sales this year were managed through an independent Prince George’s County-based silkscreen vendor, First Impressions, Incorporated, of Bowie Maryland.  All net proceeds were donated by the vendor, through the Fire Chief’s Community Advisory Council, to serve cancer charities.  The 2015 campaign raised a total of $6,100.00, and the Doctors Community Hospital Foundation was selected to receive the charitable donation, earmarked to assist the Breast Center at Doctors Community Hospital.  

Official presentation of the check took place on March 16, 2016.  Those on hand to receive the check from Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor and Fire Chief’s Community Advisory Council Chair Cheryl Walker included, Paul Grenaldo, EVP and COO, Doctors Community Hospital, Charles Dukes, Chair of the Doctors Community Hospital Foundation (DCHF), Robyn Webb-Williams, Vice President, DCHF, Regina Hampton, MD, Medical Director, Doctors Community Breast Center and Terrie Trimmer, Director, Doctors Community Breast Center and DCHF Board Member, William Steen of Carrollton Enterprises.

Fire Chief Bashoor stated, “Our men and women proudly wear these shirts on behalf of all cancers, especially during the month of October, traditionally recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month." Bashoor continued, “We are pleased to do everything we can to raise visual awareness and provide much needed funding for the care and wellbeing of our citizens.”

Fire Chief’s Community Advisory Council President Cheryl Walker added, “Through our developing partnership with the Doctors Community Hospital Foundation and the Breast Center, we will help countless County residents receive valuable access to care and screening.  Together, we encourage all citizens of our community, men and women alike, to follow the American Cancer Society’s recommendations for cancer screening and self-examination.”

In closing, Paul Grenaldo added, “We are extremely honored by this outpouring of support and generosity from the men and women of the Prince George’s County Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department.  Through relationships with organizations that are similarly dedicated to serving our great community, we can collectively help people maintain or improve their health and quality of life.”  Grenaldo continued, “We are grateful for all of the support that we’ve received for the Doctors Community Breast Center.  From providing leading edge 3D mammography to having the first program with a dedicated breast surgeon in the county, we welcome the opportunity to continue our partnership with the Fire/EMS Department to increase access to life-saving breast cancer prevention, detection and treatment options.”

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Doctors Community Hospital

Doctors Community Hospital is a premier medical and surgical hospital located in Lanham, Maryland.  With a mission of being dedicated to passionately caring for the health of patients and the community, the hospital has provided high-quality and comprehensive health care to residents of Prince George’s County and the region for more than 40 years.  

To learn more about Doctors Community Hospital, visit DCHweb.org or call 301-DCH-4YOU (301-324-4968).

Doctors Community Breast Center

Doctors Community Breast Center is the first comprehensive program with a dedicated breast surgeon in Prince George’s County.  Located at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham, MD, this center provides high-quality evaluation, diagnostic and treatment services – all at one convenient location.  With a focus on helping women receive life-saving mammogram screenings, regardless of their ability to pay, the center also provides free screening mammograms to county residents who are uninsured/underinsured or those who have high insurance deductibles.

To learn more about Doctors Community Breast Center or ways to support its community outreach initiatives, visit DCHweb.org/breast or call 301-DCH-4YOU (301-324-4968).

Firefighters Recognized for Life-Saving Actions

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

Thirteen firefighters were recognized today and presented with Emergency Service Awards.   Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor presented the awards at an informal ceremony at the Forestville Fire/EMS Station 823.  There were two separate incidents each involving a rescue.  

While making the presentation to each member Chief Bashoor stated, "Your performance on the scene of this incident possibly saved a life or prevented serious injury and is commendable and worthy of recognition.  Therefore, you are hereby awarded a Fire/EMS Department Emergency Services Award.  Your actions reflect well on you both personally and professionally and exemplify the excellent caliber of service we strive to provide to the residents of Prince George’s County."

        On January 5, 2016, Fire/EMS Department units responded to a reported house fire at 9400 Old Marlboro Pike.  Upon arrival, firefighters were advised that someone might still be inside the home.  Crews quickly began an aggressive search for a possible victim but none was found.  Fire had extended into the attic space; and a crew was tasked with opening the roof in support of the interior operations.

        During the roof operation, a firefighter fell through an opening and was exposed to high heat up to his shoulders.  Command and the RIT witnessed the event and immediately deployed personnel to assist.  Ritchie Volunteer Assistant Fire Chief William Cunningham supported the fallen firefighter until additional resources reached them.  Captain Donald Fletcher, Fire Fighter/Medic Lieutenant Christopher Blackistone, and Fire Fighter William Philpott removed the firefighter from the opening and assisted him off the roof.  He was placed in the care of EMS personnel, evaluated on the scene, and released to duty. 

        On the morning of Sunday, January 17, 2016, units from Silver Hill Fire/EMS Station 829 responded to 3105 Bellbrooke Court in Temple Hills for a house fire, reportedly with people inside.  Firefighters arrived to find a basement fire with a trapped occupant and immediately advanced an attack line through the basement’s entrance at the rear of the home.  Despite encountering high heat and zero visibility upon entering the residence, Fire Fighter/Medic Captain Bilko was able to quickly locate the victim.  Fire Fighter Tippett held the attack line toward the fire, while Fire Fighter DeForest and Fire Fighter Singleton removed the victim from the burning home.  Once outside, the pair assisted Fire Fighter Crooks and Fire Fighter Jenkins with administering initial treatment.  Consequently, the patient was transferred to Acting Fire Fighter/Medic Captain Buffum, Fire Fighter/Medic Lieutenant Dowling, and Fire Fighter/Medic Rohrbaugh.  The administration of aggressive EMS care allowed for quick transport to Medstar; and, thankfully, the patient is expected to recover fully.

The entire crew attending todays ceremony.