We are pleased to announce the newest honorees in our Firehouse® Magazine Heroism & Community Service Awards program and take pride in highlighting the bravery of these outstanding individuals. We recognize the judges: Chief Mark McLees of the Syracuse, NY, Fire Department; Chief Edward...
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Prince George's County, MD, Fire/EMS Kentland VFD
Chief Anthony P. Kelleher Deputy Chief Patrick J. Mann Captain Joseph Brown
Engine Company 33
Lieutenant Peter Johnson Sergeant Timothy J. Moore Jr. First Acting Man Timothy McCloskey
Tower Ladder 33
Captain Walter J. Brown
Rescue Squad 33
Lieutenant Curtis Patterson
While battling heavy fire in a two-story wood-frame home, Walter Brown heard the sound of an activated PASS alarm. As Brown made his way through the heavily involved kitchen, McCloskey found an unmanned handline and repositioned it to protect for the search for the PASS. Brown located the downed firefighter, who was unconscious and without a facepiece, and determined that he had burn injuries to his airway. Brown realized that Patterson had placed a ladder at a nearby window and had been clearing glass. Patterson sounded the Mayday, alerting Mann, Moore and Joseph Brown, who immediately began performing a Denver-style removal out of the window. Patterson and Johnson, enduring heavy smoke conditions and without SCBA, pulled the firefighter onto the ladder and down to ground level.