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Friday, December 23, 2016

Life Saving Actions in Accokeek Bingo Hall

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

An adult female suffered sudden cardiac arrest while playing Bingo in Accokeek on Thursday evening, December 22.  Fortunately this event occurred at the Accokeek Volunteer Fire Department where Firefighter/EMTs were readily available and immediately provided life-saving intervention.

The adult female was one of about 100 patrons at the Accokeek Bingo at around 9:15 pm when she suddenly collapsed.  She was found to be not breathing with no pulse.  Accokeek Volunteer members working the Bingo were the first to intervene while the combined volunteer and career staffing at the station were quick to respond and continue life-saving efforts including cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED) to administer a shock in an attempt to stimulate her heart.

Paramedics from the Fort Washington Fire/EMS Station responded to the call and arrived to find CPR still being administered.  Firefighters and medics loaded the patient into a transport unit and departed to the nearest hospital while providing advanced life support and pre-hospital care to the patient.  Prior to arriving at the hospital the female patient regained spontaneous circulation as well as becoming alert and orientated.

As of Friday morning, the patient remains in the hospital ICU in relatively good condition. “This save is indicative of the team work, dedication and commitment of all our EMS providers working to save a life,” said Brian J. Frankel, Assistant Fire Chief and Commander of EMS Services for the Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department.  “Early access AED and CPR really does save lives!”

The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department currently offers a phone app that alerts CPR trained citizens that are in close proximity to a cardiac arrest call.  The phone app also provides the location of the nearest AED.  Everyone is encouraged to learn CPR and how to use an AED in addition to downloading the Pulse Point app on your phone.  Learn CPR and help save a life!

A Special Victim/Rescuer Reunion on Christmas Morning

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

A medic that worked to save the lives of 2 young children suffering from stab wounds in November will host them and their mother for Christmas.  Prince George’s County Medic Lieutenant Pamela J. Graham became friends with the family immediately following their ordeal that occurred on Dennis Court in District Heights.  The brothers, ages 2 and 3, and their mother will join Graham at her home on Christmas morning in hopes of bringing joy and peace to the family.

Firefighter/Medics and Law Enforcement officials that worked the scene have been invited to join in the festive event.  Other members of the Department have been invited as well.  Santa is anticipated to arrive on a fire engine bringing toys donated from individuals and the County Public Safety Toys for Tots Program.

Graham also set up a “YouCare” fund raising account to help the family with relocation costs.  The account has generated over $4,000.  The “YouCare”account can be found here.

Media is invited to attend the event, however, the family will not entertain questions concerning the actual incident.  Videos and images of the family may be obtained, however, first names only will be provided.  To maintain privacy and security of the family only credentialed media calling from caller ID verified assignment desk phones or Email addresses will be provided the home address of Medic Lt. Graham.

WHAT:            Christmas Morning Reunion of Rescuers with Young Children

WHEN:            Christmas Morning, December 25, 11:00 am

WHERE:          Contact Mark Brady prior to Saturday, December 24th, 12 Noon

WHO:              All the Above