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Monday, April 18, 2016

Media Guidelines for Memorial Services for Fire Fighter/Paramedic John E. Ulmschneider

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

Media Guidelines for Memorial Services for 
Fire Fighter/Paramedic John E. Ulmschneider

 First and foremost, the family requests media respect their privacy during all events.
·         There will be no live streaming of services for the public.
·         There will be not be any interior opportunity for media to video and/or record on Tuesday or Wednesday.  Please see release from Archdiocese of Washington below.
·         A family representative will make themselves available on Tuesday at around 5:00 pm to make a statement and answer a few questions.

Funeral activities and logistics
·         A hearse will depart the funeral home to arrive for visitation at the St. John’s Parish Church on Tuesday afternoon.
·         A private family visitation will occur from 4:00 pm until 5:00 pm
·         The public visitation will start at 5:00 pm and run until 8:00 pm.
·         The casket will remain in the church overnight with a constant vigil by members of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department.
·         After the Funeral Mass, the Engine from the Landover Hills Fire/EMS Station 830 will carry the casket to the funeral home.
·         A media staging area has been established and will be available on both days near the street entrance to the church.
·         A service road by the church cemetery will allow for up to 5 media vans to park.  All others are on their own for parking in the area.

The visitation and Catholic Funeral Mass will be held at the same location.
Visitation - Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm 
Funeral Mass - : Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 1:00 pm

St. John's Parish
43950 St. John's Road
Hollywood, MD 20636

A private family and Fire/EMS Department burial will follow the funeral mass.

A repast will be held to celebrate "Skillet's" life following the funeral mass at the:
Hollywood Fire Department 

24801 Three Notch Rd.
Hollywood, MD 20636


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Monday, April 18, 2016

CONTACT:  Chieko Noguchi, 301-853-4516 and communications@adw.org


Media Guidelines for the Funeral Mass of John Ulmschneider

WASHINGTON – At the request of family and the parish, the visitation and funeral Mass for Prince George’s County Fire / EMS Firefighter, John Ulmschneider, which will be held at St. John’s Parish (43950 St. John’s Road, Hollywood, MD 20636) will not be open to broadcast or still cameras or audio recording.

Members of the media wishing to pay their respects and attend the funeral Mass are welcome to come inside. However, recording equipment will not be permitted inside, and interviews may not be conducted on church property.

The visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, and the funeral Mass will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20.
Thank you for your sensitivity during this difficult time and for respecting the privacy of the family.


Additional Contacts and Information for Visiting and Backfill Departments - Fire Fighter/Medic John Ulmschneider

·         For information related to the Prince George’s County Fire Fighter/Paramedic John “Skillet” Ulmschneider - For funeral activities requests you should contact the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department Watch Office at 301-583-1939 or email at pgfdskillet@co.pg.md.us

·         Donations for the Family:  https://www.youcaring.com/dawn-and-abigail-ulmschneider-556507

·         Apparatus for Display, contact Miriam Wrenn @ mjwrenn@co.pg.md.us  or Captain Donny Fletcher at dvfletcher@co.pg.md.us. Please provide department name, type of apparatus, number of personnel and a point of contact.

·         Color Guards, Honor Guards and Pipes and Drums should contact the Watch Office

·         Metropolitan Council of Governments or Baltimore Metropolitan Regional Fire and Rescue Departments that are available to assist with backfilling Prince George’s County Fire/EMS  Stations on Tuesday and/or Wednesday should contact the Watch Office:

Message for Out of Town Firefighters and Medics Planning on Attending Funeral Services

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

To any and all firefighters and medics travelling from out of town and planning to attend and participate at funeral services for Fire Fighter/Medic John “Skillet” Ulmschneider, please, do the following.

Please contact our Assistant Liaison Officer Fire Fighter/Medic Captain Donald Fletcher via Email at: DVFletcher@co.pg.md.us

Please include in your Email the following information:  Department name, number of personnel and/or number and types of apparatus and a contact name and phone number.

Captain Fletcher will provide information on times and staging areas as well as additional helpful information.  He will be available for additional questions you may have.

As a reminder:
The visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at:

St. John's Parish
43950 St. John's Road Hollywood, MD 20636 

The Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 1:00 pm, also at St. John's Parish.