MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
Prince George's County Fire Chief Benjamin M. Barksdale awarded several Firefighter/Medics this morning for their actions in rescuing three children from their burning house.
On the morning of Sunday, October 29, 2017, Public Safety Communications alerted units to a house fire with the report of trapped occupants. While in route, additional information was received indicating that the exact location of the trapped occupants was not known.
Upon arrival on the scene, crews from Station 829 encountered a two-story, wood frame dwelling with smoke showing from all sides. A hose line was advanced by Engine 829 and firefighters proceeded upstairs to search for the reportedly trapped victims. The fire was quickly located as the crew from Engine 829 separated to search for victims. Within minutes, the fire was extinguished and three victims were located, rescued and revived. All of the victims have since made a full recovery from their injuries.
Fire Chief Barksdale visited the Silver Hill Fire/EMS Station and met with the crews and presented personnel with an Emergency Services Award. "Your quick thinking and immediate action on the scene of this incident are commendable and worthy of recognition. The heroic efforts you demonstrated are directly responsible for preventing a potentially tragic outcome," stated Barksdale. "Therefore, you are hereby awarded a Fire/EMS Department Emergency Services Award. Your actions reflect well on you personally and professionally and exemplify the excellent caliber of service we strive to provide always, in every circumstance."
Original press release can be found here.
Personnel awarded are:
LT Mike Perritt
FT Daniel Robinson
FF Charlie Groce
FF Tyler Shoemaker
FF Zach Staley (extra)
FF Chris Sheckles
FF Gary Stanley