MCFRS News Release

Fire Chief and County Executive to Recognize Everyday Heroes

Local Residents Risked Own Lives to Save Others
plus Family of Triplets Re-unite with Rescuers 

Thursday, February 12, 2009
10 a.m.

Terrace Level Cafeteria, Executive Office Building
101 Monroe Street, Rockville

County Executive Isiah Leggett and Fire Chief Richard Bowers will recognize a group of “everyday heroes” in a brief ceremony in Rockville.  Several individuals and groups of citizens will come together to be recognized for their collective ‘life-saving’ action(s) that occurred throughout the County over the past few months at fires and various medical emergencies.

In addition, a Bethesda family who’s triplets were rescued on December 3, 2008 from burning house on Jamestown Road will be re-united for the first time with firefighters/rescuers and emergency medical workers.

Other incidents include the passerby ‘cable guy’ who rescued several trapped victims from a building fire at 11657 Lockwood Drive in Silver Spring, Maryland (White Oak Garden apartments) using a ladder prior to the arrival of firefighters on December 6, 2008.  Additionally, several passersby pulled a driver of a burning car to safety prior to the arrival of firefighters. On July 26, 2008 a personal injury collision on Burnt Hill Road near Clarksburg resulted in a car that burst into flame upon impact. Furthermore, on December 12, 2008 a 50 year old male was playing a pick up game of basketball at the BCC High school gymnasium with about 12 others when he collapsed and went into cardiac arrest.  911 was called and pre-arrival instructions were given to the caller while other bystanders began CPR and operated the on site AED (automatic external defibrillator). The victim was revived, transported to the hospital and survived.

Because of their quick thinking, decisive action and willingness to ‘get involved’ several people are alive today.  In some cases survivors, victims, co-workers and family members will be present at the ceremony.