06/17/12 189 W, 1 I - + 2 - 3 Congressional Recognition for Maryland Firefighters Injured in February

Speaking of our friends in and around Maryland, an event was held last week at the Bladensburg Volunteer Fire Department in Prince Georges County, MD. The occasion was congressional recognition for seven volunteer firefighters who were injured at a house fire on February 24. Framed copies of the Congressional Record were presented to Bladensburg vounteer firefighters Kevin O'Toole and Ethan Sorrell, Riverdale volunteer firefighter Michael McClary, and College Park volunteer firefighter Ari Schloss. (Riverdale members Michael Olszewski, Roberto Ramirez and Michael Naples were unable to attend.) Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor was also presented a plaque on behalf of his entire department.

Recall from our February posting that the fire resulted in severe injuries to O'Toole and Sorrell. They were severely injured when a sudden gust of wind created a "blowtorch effect" inside the residential structure that the crews had just entered. Sorrell is a Buies Creek native with many ties to Wake County. He's been a volunteer member of BVFD while attending college. Read the entire press release, that includes photos and this video. Congratulations.

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