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The Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department recently held a Recruit School Graduation Ceremony. On Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Career Recruit School #53 graduated 27 members during a ceremony held at Dr. Henry A. Wise High School in Upper Marlboro. The event was well attended by family, friends, elected officials and members of the Fire/EMS Department.
Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor, just 2 weeks shy of his retirement, addressed those gathered and spoke of survival, sacrifice and the power of "one."
"As you travel through your day, you never know what the person sitting next to you is going through, or may have been through… in survival. I ask you to remember the power of ONE, to support one another, make a difference in someone else’s life," said Bashoor and concluded his comments with, "I remind you, there is no 9-1-2, YOU are it. Much like the expectations of a preacher, people in their darkest moments of life will look to you for guidance and help. YOU will indeed be the power of ONE for them."
CRS #53 GRADUATES
Ryan T. Armstrong
Spencer K. Blythe
Nicholas A. Cardello
Brian L. Clark, Jr.
Ruben A. Darrow
Kelly A. DePaulo
John J. Falcone, Jr.
Erasmo J. Ferrufino
James C. Ford, Jr.
Brian M. Garner
Dale R. Gilbert, Jr.
Roger V. Jacobs
Darren A. Johns
Calvin J. Joy
David D. Lee
Michaela K. Linder
Antaeus T. Logan
Brandon J. Maynard
Nathaniel M. Sauer
Cody M. Schmidt
Tyler G. Shoemaker
Ryan N. Sipple
Kendra L. Slydell
Ellyn I. Varian
Thomas J. Weber, Jr.
Darius J. White
Five graduates were recognized with special achievement awards earned during their time at the academy. Pictured with each award recipient is Mark Macaw, Deputy Chief Administrator, Director of Public Safety and Fire Chief Marc Bashoor. All images by Teresa Crisman, PGFD.
FIRE SUPPRESSION SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The Fire Suppression Scholastic Achievement Award is presented to an individual in each Career Recruit School who achieved the highest academic average on the fire suppression written and practical examinations.
The recipient of the Fire Suppression Scholastic Achievement Award with a GPA of 89% is:
FIREFIGHTER RYAN T. ARMSTRONG
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The Emergency Medical Service Scholastic Achievement Award is presented to an individual in Career Recruit School who achieved the highest academic average on the Emergency Medical Service Scholastic written and practical examinations.
The recipient of the Emergency Medical Service Award with a GPA of 92.3% is:
FIREFIGHTER RUBEN A. DARROW
The Instructor’s Award is presented to an individual in each Career Recruit School who has shown the highest level of personal improvement, development, and dedication during the class. In short, we identify the individual who has contributed significantly to the success of the class overall either by helping others or through self-improvement. The individual earning this award can be one with no previous experience in emergency services and progresses to an outstanding level of proficiency; or an experienced person who dedicates him or herself to assisting other class members be successful throughout Career Recruit School.
The recipient of the Instructor’s Award is:
FIREFIGHTER ANTAEUS T. LOGAN
The Memorial Award is a very special recognition presented to an outstanding individual from each Career Recruit School who has displayed that rarest combination of professionalism, courage, and "espirit de corps." Such traits serve to honor their fallen comrades, and uphold the highest traditions of the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department.
The recipient of the Memorial Award is:
FIREFIGHTER THOMAS J. WEBER, JR.
FIRE CHIEF'S AWARD
The Fire Chief's Award is the highest recognition for Career Recruit Schools. This award is bestowed on an individual in recognition of achievements that have made significant contributions to the graduating class. Selection criteria emphasize leadership, professional development, integrity, performance, and personal growth. This award is given to the individual who best exemplifies the conduct required of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department.
The recipient of the Fire Chief’s Award is:
FIREFIGHTER TYLER G. SHOEMAKER
Another notable mention from Career Recruit School #53 is Recruit Darius T. White. He had successfully completed the Fire/EMS Departments 2-year High School Cadet program. After White graduated from High School and earning college credits for his education attained during the cadet program he applied for and was hired as a recruit.