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Friday, September 9, 2011

William "Billy" Goldfeder Keynote Address at PGFD Graduation

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department conducted a graduation ceremony for 59 firefighter recruits on Thursday, September 1, 2011. The graduation was held at the Charles Herbert Flowers auditorium and was well attended by families, friends, elected leaders and Departmental personnel. Speakers included County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, Councilmember Andrea Harrison, Fire Chief Marc Bashoor with a keynote address from William “Billy” Goldfeder.  Goldfeder's son, Brian, is a graduate of CRS #43 and a recipient of the Fire Chief's Award.

Great Man - Great Career - LaMoria Announces Retirement

Acting Lieutenant Colonel Jerome F. LaMoria
Acting Lieutenant Colonel Jerome "Jerry" Lamoria has notified Fire Chief Marc Bashoor of his intent to retire from the Fire/EMS Department at the end of November this year.

Jerry will remain in the Emergecny Operations Command as the Acting Lieutenant Colonel until his departure.

Fire Chief Bashoor stated, "Please join me in congratulating Jerry on a very successful and I'm sure rewarding 26+ year career with the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department. His experience will be a true loss to this Department - I wish him and his family the best in their future endeavors."

According to Lamoria, he is going to work right up to a 2-week vacation with his wife and upon return will not have to go back to work.  He has a few options for his post PGFD career but did not elobarate.

Lamoria can be contacted by Email at JFLamoria@co.pg.md.us

The Sentinel Newspaper Article on PGFD and 9-11 Memorial

The Sentinel

IAFF Local 1619 Softball Tournament Cancelled

The International Association of Firefighters Local 1619 MDA Softball Championship has unfortunately been cancelled.  

The tournament was to have started yesterday and continued through this weekend.  The annual event brings hundreds of firefighters from across the United States and Canada to Watkins Park in Kettering Maryland.  In September, during the week after Labor Day, over one hundred teams of firefighters and paramedics come together from across North America to play softball and raise money to fight neuromuscular diseases. The International Association of Fire Fighters MDA Softball Tournament is hosted by IAFF Local 1619, Prince George’s County Professional Fire Fighters & Paramedics Association. It is the largest gathering of firefighters and paramedics outside of the International’s Biennial Convention.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Lee has dumped record setting amounts of rain over the past several days saturating the playing fields and rendering them un-playable.  Local 1619 officials stated on their website, "We regret any inconvenience this has caused."