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PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY
BOSWELL, Dennis M.

On November 23, 1963 Units were on the scene racking up from an earlier blaze in an abdandon house at 64th Ave & Sherrif Road, Cedar Heights. Firefighter Dennis Michael "Mike" Boswell was at the rear of fire engine winding up a hose line. An automobil ...

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BRITTON, Gerald A.

On May 14, 1960 Firefighter Gerard A. Britton, Riverdale Heights Volunteer Fire Department, and 9 fellow firefighters were overcome by smoke while participating in a fire department training/ house burning in Bladensburg. Tragically, Firefighter Britton w ...

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BROOKS, James D.

On January 6, 2014, Fire Boat Pilot James D. Brooks, was winterizing the boats and station, preparing for the record low temperatures forecasted for the following day. Shortly after midnight, and while still at the Marina, he experienced difficulty breath ...

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BURNS, John M.

John Michael Burns was serving as Assistant Chief & President of the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department. Over the weekend of October 21 & 22, AC Burns had been staffing the firehouse and handling his administrative responsibilities. On Sunday Octo ...

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BURTON, Charles B.

Complications from a fall while in station, Past President of Prince George's County VFRA, MSFA, and Md. Fire Chief's Association. Chairman of PGCVFRA Fire Commission, Charter member. Chief for 22 years of Landover Hills VFD.

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CRANFORD, B. Wesley

October 25, 1930 Marlboro VFD was responding to a call for help from the Capitol Heights Fire Department. While on Forestville Ritchie Road, a motorist apparently heard the siren and pulled to the right of the road, but, just as the fire truck was about t ...

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DUVALL III, George P.

Squad 2 was responding to a box alarm, entered railroad crossing as west bound train arrived at crossing at same time. Railroad crossing lights and gate malfunctioned resulting in the accident.

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GRAVES JR, Thomas L.

On April 16, 1980 Prince George's County Fire Department units were alerted to respond to a gas leak in a residential apartment complex in Glenn Dale. On arrival, crews began evacuating residents of the building, along with performing search & rescue ...

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HAMER, John A.

On January 1, 1949, Firefighter John A. Hamer's own home was on fire. While Firefighter Hamer was rescuing his two sons, Allen, age 7 and David, age 4 , he became trapped and was severely burned. On January 21, 1949, Firefighter Hamer died from his injuri ...

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HAMMETT, Nadar

December 1, 2003 Emergency Response Technician Nadar A. Hammett was driving home from department-mandated paramedic training. ERT Hammett was fatally injured when his vehicle was struck by another vehicle, causing it to leave the roadway, roll over, and h ...

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HERBERT, James W.

"It was raining on that terrible day in October when we lost two young firefighters as they responded to what was later determined to be a false alarm. As Engine 251 rounded the bend of Rosaryville Road, the rain-slicked pavement caused the pumper to lose ...

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HILL, Christopher E.

He was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Stage IV brain cancer in 2014. He fought bravely for 18 months before passing away. Glioblastoma and other forms of brain cancer are directly related to the profession of firefighter.

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HOBSTETTER, Charles R.

On a hot August night in 1969, a line of violent thunderstorms, with winds in excess of 55 mph, barreled through the MD/DC area, and caused extensive flooding throughout the region. The usually trickling and docile Sligo Creek, suddenly turned into a torr ...

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HOWZDY, William

Past Chief and current President William Howzdy was at the fire station organizing leftover materials from the departments annual open house. Each year, the Glenn Dale Fire Department constructs a fully furnished three-room house, then burns the house so ...

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JONESTON, Clarence

September 1, 1937 Firefighter Clarence L. Joneston was killed responding to the firehouse for an ambulance call. His death was the second Line of Duty Death in the county.

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KREITZER, Clarence

On September 24, 2001 a deadly and devistating F3 tornado hit Maryland, cutting a 17.5 mile path of destruction through Prince George's County, starting with the University of Maryland,College Park. Firefighter Clarence "Cuz" Kreitzer was on the scene of ...

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LEYH, John J.

On July 12, 1956 Firefighter John J. Leyh was returning from an auto accident in his own vehicle (a common practice at the time) when he lost control of his vehicle, struck a tree,and was fatally injured. The death of Firefighter John Leyh resulted in the ...

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LINNELL, George H.

Dedicated to fire & rescue services. Received many awards from colleagues & private citizens. After contracting terminal lung disease, continued to render guidance and support.

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LOHMAN, Robert E.

On April 1, 1944 Bladensburg VFD's 1939 Buick Ambulance was involved in a tragic accident at New York Avenue and Bladensburg Road. Bladensburg Firefighter Robert E. Lohman was killed in the accident along with the patient being transported in the ambulanc ...

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LOVEJOY, Jessie D.

There was heavy fog in the early morning hours of November 13, 1945 when a tractor trailer swerved to avoid rear-ending a car on Washington Blvd, struck a pole, jack knifed, flipped over, then struck another pole causing high tension lines to fall onto th ...

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MAGUIGAD JR., Leonardo M.

On March 2, 1996 While participating in physical fitness at the station, Firefighter Leonardo M. Maguigad, Jr. suffered a fatal heart attack. All resuscitation attempts were unsuccessful. Firefighter Leonardo Manuel Maguigad, Jr. was 29 years old.  ...

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MANDRAGOS, Dennis M.

Baden VFD A-369 and E-366 were dispatched for a personal injury accident in the Aquasco area. A-369 responded with three EMS/Firefighters onboard. The crew of A-369 was EMS/Firefighter Mark Van Tassel EMS/Firefighter Dennis Mandragos EMS/Firefighter Richa ...

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MC CARTHY, Michael P.

Responded on back step of engine to kitchen fire. Engine driver had difficulty negotiating turn and began to back up, not knowing that Mike had stepped off the rear step. Was knocked down by engine. Engine 271 is dedicated to Maike who was a lst Lieutenan ...

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MCCULLOUGH, Jesse W.

Jesse McCullough began his firefighting career with the Baltimore City Fire Department but left the City in 2013 when hired by Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department as a member of Career Recruit Class # 47. Upon graduation, Firefighter McCullough was ...

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MELTON, James A.

Lieutenant James A. Melton was on the scene battling a working house fire at 5440 Ammendale Road when he suffered a fatal heart attack. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Lieutenant James A. Melton had served a ...

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MYERS, Richard W.

Baden VFD A-369 and E-366 were dispatched for a personal injury accident in the Aquasco area. A-369 responded with three EMS/Firefighters onboard. The crew of A-369 was EMS/Firefighter Mark Van Tassel EMS/Firefighter Dennis Mandragos EMS/Firefighter Richa ...

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O'CONNOR, James M.

On June 15, 1978 While responding mutual aid to Anne Arundel County, Marlboro VFD's Engine 201 was involved in an accident with rollover, on Route 301 and Croon Station Road, that fatally injured Marlboro Volunteer Firefighter James M. O'Connor. Firefight ...

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SMALLWOOD, Rayburn H.

Firefighter Rayburn H. "Raymond" Smallwood was operating the pump panel on the scene of a house fire when he suffered a fatal heart attack. Firefighter Rayburn Harold "Raymond" Smallwood was 55 years old.

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SONDEJ, Alan P.

In the early morning hours of January 27, 1988, Firefighter Alan P. Sondej responded on Hyattsville VFD's T-1 to a report of a working house fire with subject trapped at 2020 Wardman Road in Mount Rainer. Several fire fighters from the crew went into the ...

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STAINBACK, William R.

On October 21, 1953 Hyattsville VFD's Truck 1 had cleared a fire call and was returning to Station 1 on Farragout St. Suddenly, the ladder truck was side-swiped by a hit & run vehicle that tragically claimed the lives of HVFD Firefighter John T. Stree ...

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STREETS, John T.

On October 21,1953 Hyattsville VFD's Truck 1 had cleared a fire call and was returning to Station 1 on Farragout St. Suddenly, the ladder truck was side-swiped by a hit & run vehicle that tragically claimed the lives of HVFD Firefighter John T.  ...

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Thorne SR, Paul H.

Past Chief Paul H. Thorne, Sr. was unloading supplies at the firehouse when he suddenly collapsed. He was placed in the medic unit where he lapsed into unconsciousness and was transported to Georgetown Hospital for emergency brain surgery. Sadly, Chief Th ...

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ULMSCHNEIDER, John E.

Firefighter Paramedic Ulmschneider passed away as a result of a gunshot wound sustained on the scene of an incident to which he was dispatched. Despite the very best efforts of medics and hospital personnel, he succumbed to his injuries. He was posthumous ...

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VAN TASSEL, Mark W.

Baden VFD A-369 and E-366 were dispatched for a personal injury accident in the Aquasco area. A-369 responded with three EMS/Firefighters onboard. The crew of A-369 was EMS/Firefighter Mark Van Tassel EMS/Firefighter Dennis Mandragos EMS/Firefighter Richa ...

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WALKER SR, Clinton D.

March 25, 1945 While responding on a brush fire, Berwyn Heights Volunteer Fire Chief Clinton D. Walker, Sr., suddenly felt sick. The engine stopped at his house, helped him inside, and then continued on to the fire. When the engine returned from the call, ...

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WELLS SR, William H.

Apparatus Accident

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WHITTINGTON, Richard L.

It was raining on that terrible day in October when we lost two young firefighters as they responded to what was later determined to be a false alarm. As Engine 251 rounded the bend of Rosaryville Road, the rain-slicked pavement caused the pumper to lose ...

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YVORRA, James G.

Deputy Chief James Yvorra was struck by a car and fatally injured while operating at the scene of an accident on I-495 at Good Luck Road. "Jim was a dedicated and active volunteer with the Berwyn Heights VFD and Rescue Squad having held every rank through ...

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