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Friday, January 21, 2011

Fire/EMS Department Receives Humane Society Award

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

The Humane Society of the United States has recognized our Department for an incident in February 2010. The Humane Society bestowed the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department with the Humane Civil Servant Award. This annual award recognizes civil servants who have performed an act of significant courage or compassion to assist an animal in need.

In a letter that accompanied the award certificate, Humane Society President and CEO Wayne Pacelle wrote, “In February 2010, Prince George’s County Firefighter/Medics and the Technical Services Team went well beyond their routine responsibilities to rescue a dog that had fallen 25 feet into a storm drain in Laurel. Had it not been for your Department’s willingness to help, it is likely the story would have had a tragic ending. Not only did you save the dog, but you also prevented inexperienced bystanders from putting their own lives in jeopardy to save him. In doing so, you demonstrated your dedication to protecting others, and we are honored to have this opportunity to celebrate your heroic response.”

The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department is grateful to have been recognized by the Humane Society of the United States and acknowledge their award with a great deal of pride and accomplishment.

For the original story on the dog rescue, click here.

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