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Firefighters Make Bird Rescue in Bowie
The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department, which was recognized by the Humane Society of the United States with a 2010 Humane Civil Servant Award for services provided in rescuing animals, was at it again.
On March 18, a citizen went to the Bowie Fire/EMS Station #843 in Pointer Ridge and described to firefighters that a bird was hanging from a string atop an approximately 50-foot tree. The citizen stated numerous people were witnessing the heartbreaking event and many were visibly shaken by the sight of the distressed bird attempting to free itself.
The combined forces of volunteer and career firefighters proceeded with an engine and tower ladder to the area of the BBT Bank in the 16400 block of Heritage Boulevard just off of Route 301 in a busy commercial area of stores, restaurants and professional buildings. Firefighters saw the bird entangled with a string, which was wrapped around an upper branch on the tree. After discussing the safest course of action, firefighters determined that the Tower Ladder could easily and safely reach the bird with little risk to the firefighters. The Pointer Ridge Tower Ladder elevated the bucketed platform to a point where Volunteer Lieutenant George Joslyn could reach the branch and cut the string to free the bird. However, the bird, a Common Grackle, had sustained injuries while trying to frantically free itself and could not fly.
The bird was brought down by Lt. Joslyn, much to the appreciation of the citizens who watched the rescue, and provided it to a member of the Fire/EMS Department's Citizen Services Unit (CSU). CSU Steve Stearns placed the bird into an animal container and sought a facility that could care for the injured bird. He made arrangements with the 4-H Center in Upper Marlboro and the Davidsonville Wildlife Sanctuary to accept and care for the bird.
HFSC Honored with Sarbanes Award
The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) have selected the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) as the recipient of the 2011 Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award. Named after retired-Senator Paul S. Sarbanes of Maryland, a strong advocate of our nation's firefighters and rescue personnel during his 36-year career in Congress, the award recognizes organizations for their outstanding contributions to firefighter health and safety.
CFSI President Bill Jenaway and NFFF Chairman Dennis Compton issued a joint statement recognizing the HFSC for its achievements. “As members of the fire service who recognize the need and benefits of home fire sprinklers, we have appreciated for many years the important work of HFSC. In local communities throughout the nation, the Coalition is making a difference in educating the public about the life-saving benefits of home fire sprinklers. Our two organizations take great pride in recognizing the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition with the presentation of the 2011 Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award.”
For more information about the award, visit the CFSI and NFFF websites (www.cfsi.org and www.firehero.org).
Coleman Garners Lankford Leadership Award
The Congressional Fire Services Institute's Board of Directors selected Chief Ronny Coleman as the recipient of the 2011 CFSI/Motorola Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award. Established in 1998, the Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award recognizes individuals who have been proactive at the local, state, or federal government level to improve fire/emergency services and life safety issues. The award exemplifies the work of the late Mason Lankford, whose legacy resonates in the message he would impart calling for a stronger fire service without leaving anyone behind.