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BRONZE MEDAL OF VALOR
FIRE FIGHTER/MEDIC RYAN A. SHIPP
FIRE FIGHTER/MEDIC JOHN W. GODENICK
Fire Fighter/Medics John W. Godenick and Ryan A. Shipp were part of a crew from the Chillum Fire/EMS Station 844 when they earned the Bronze Medal of Valor for the following incident;. During the early morning hours of Sunday, November 27, 2011, firefighters responded to a house fire at 2411 Griffen Street in the Chillum-Adelphi area. On arrival, heavy fire and thick smoke consumed the front portion of a one-story, single-family home with three victims reported trapped inside the residence. First arriving firefighters initiated an attack on the fire, as other firefighters made their way ahead of the hose lines into the burning structure to search for the trapped occupants. Firefighters searched the rear of the house through blinding smoke and intense heat, locating three unconscious victims in their bedrooms whom they quickly removed from the increasingly untenable conditions. Once outside, the victims were found to be without pulse or respirations, and emergency pre-hospital care was started by firefighters and paramedics.
Fire Fighter/Medics John W. Godenick and Ryan A. Shipp performed multiple assignments that demonstrated leadership and the ability to operate as a team offirefighters and paramedics.
For their ability to follow instructions, initially operate independently without their officer, and to extinguish the fire and then immediately transition into patient care, Fire Fighter/Medic John W. Godenick and Fire Fighter/Medic Ryan A. Shipp are awarded a Bronze Medal of Valor.
|FIRE FIGHTER/MEDIC RYAN A. SHIPP with FIRE CHIEF BASHOOR|
|FIRE FIGHTER/MEDIC JOHN W. GODENICK with FIRE CHIEF BASHOOR|
|Fire Fighter/Medic Shipp, Chief Bashoor and crew at the Chillum Fire/EMS Station 844|
|Fire Fighter/Medic Godenick , Chief Bashoor and crew from the District Heights Fire/EMS Station 826|