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Saturday, July 20, 2019

The Rookie and Blade the Red-Tailed Hawk  
MEDIA CONTACT: Michael YourishinPIO, 240-508-4183 
MJYourishin@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDNews 


Largo, MD – One day before graduating from the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department Training & Leadership Academy, Probationary Firefighter Michael Gregory made his first rescue.  It was only his third shift at his first assignment station when the owner of a juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk named Blade contacted Fire/EMS Station 845/Marlboro for assistance.  

The Red-Tailed Hawk is a top predator. They use tall perches to spot their prey in the open spaces. The variety was named for it’s brick-red tail and can be found across all of North America. Male and female red-tailed hawks basically look alike, though the females are larger. 

Blade’s tether had become entangled in a tree approximately 18 feet off the ground and the hawk had been stuck in the tree for well over an hour in 90-degree heat.  Upon the crew’s arrival on the scene, Firefighter Gregory donned a falconer’s glove, climbed a 16-foot roof ladder, disentangled Blade, and brought him safely to the ground.   

When asked about future plans, Firefighter Gregory, or “Hawkeye,” as nicknamed by fellow crewmembers, replied. “For now, I just want to learn as much as I can about the fire service.” 

He was joined by Engine 845 crew members Lt. Gerald Beardmore, FF Thomas McDonald, and FF Paramedic Daniel Helsel. 

The 32-year-old native Iowan and wife Camille currently reside in Charles County.  
Michael J. Yourishin 
Press Information Officer 
Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department 
9201 Basil Court, Suite 452 
Largo, MD 20774 
C 240-508-4183 
O 301-883-5205 
Twitter @PGFDNews 

Thursday, July 18, 2019

American Legion Honors PGFD Firefighters and Volunteer EMS 
MEDIA CONTACT: Michael YourishinPIO, 240-508-4183
MJYourishin@co.pg.md.us    @PGFDPIO

Retired Battalion Chief
Grady Valencis
Volunteer EMS Lieutenant
Scott Globerman
Mike Wells

 July 18, 2019 – The American Legion Department of Maryland honored Retired Battalion Chief Grady Valencis, Firefighter Michael Wells, and Volunteer EMS Lieutenant Scott Globerman as “Career Firefighters of the Year” and “Volunteer EMT of the Year”, respectively.  The trio was previously recognized at the District and County levels and now at the State level. 

Retired Battalion Chief Valencis and Firefighter Wells were honored for their outstanding work as past and current Peer Support Team Coordinators for the Prince George’s County Professional Fire Fighters Association (IAFF), Local 1619.  From 2015 to 2016, the Prince George’s County Professional Fire Fighters Association, Local 1619, became all too familiar with tragedy.  Multiple retired members perished in car accidents, a firefighter committed suicide, and an active member was shot and killed in the line of duty.  With another occupational cancer line of duty death on the horizon, Local 1619’s leadership knew the membership was nearing a breaking point.  In 2016, IAFF created a “Peer Support” program, a process for giving and receiving non-clinical assistance to achieve long-term recovery from behavioral health challenges.  Assistance is provided by peer supporters who have what is referred to as “lived experience”.  These individuals are also trained to assist others in initiating and maintaining long-term recovery and enhancing the quality of life for individuals and their families.
Volunteer Lieutenant Globerman, a member of the Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc., was honored for his actions on June 13, 2018, when he encountered an adult female standing on a 2x2 piece of cement mounted on the outer edge of a bridge’s guardrail.  The distressed woman was threatening to jump but was eventually persuaded to allow Globerman to help her to safety.  The quick thinking and immediate action displayed by Lieutenant Globerman on the scene of this incident prevented a potentially tragic outcome.   
Fire Chief Benjamin M. Barksdale and the entire Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department extends a hearty congratulations to Retired Battalion Chief Valencis, Firefighter Wells, and Volunteer EMS Lieutenant Globerman. 

Michael J. Yourishin
Press Information Officer
Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department
9201 Basil Court, Suite 452
Largo, MD 20774
C 240-508-4183
O 301-883-5205

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