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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

PGFD PROFILE - Maynard Thorn

Profile by: Diane V. Cunningham, Administrative Aide, Public Relations

In 2008, Acting Fire Captain Maynard Thorn decided to pursue his goal of higher learning. He enrolled in the College of Southern Maryland as a part-time student, and the journey began. Three years of attending classes, homework assignments, and preparing for tests proved to be no small feat for the husband and father of four. However, everything he had endured during those years was a mere blur when, on May 12, 2011, Acting Captain Maynard graduated with honors and an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Fire Science.

Acting Captain Thorn, a 19-year veteran of the Fire/EMS Department began his career in July 1992. He served at several fire stations throughout Prince George’s County, while progressing through the ranks. Currently, he is assigned to Upper Marlboro Station 820, where he serves as the station commander on day work. When asked about his career goals, Thorn stated, “I will successfully complete all skills and requirements to effectively fulfill my position as a Fire/Hazardous Materials officer; continue to educate and lead personnel to a level of success that the Department and our citizens can be proud to support; and achieve the rank of Fire Captain.” As for his educational aspirations, he is already enrolled in the University of Maryland University College, where he plans to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree.

Acting Captain Thorn has completed many MFRI courses and maintains several certifications, including Course Design and Radiological Detection. He possesses a tenacious focus on upward mobility for himself, his family, and his crew. He believes hard work, commitment, and a willingness to help others are essential to achieving greater success.

Thorn, a native Bostonian, resides in Waldorf with his wife and children. He attends Ebenezer AME Church, where he serves on the Medical Ministry. In his leisure time he enjoys cooking, listening to all genres of music, and spending time with his family and friends.

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