Fire & Rescue Awarded Silver & Bronze Medal of Valor

  

 

 

   

 

 

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Silver Medal of Valor
  
Fire and rescue members of Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue Engine and Boat 517; Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department Rescue 502, Engine 502 and Engine 514; and Lake Jackson Volunteer Fire Department Boat 507 and Relief Boat 507 received the silver medal of valor -- the second highest award for bravery and heroism awarded in situations when a public safety official knowingly exposes himself/herself to great personal risk in the performance of an official act. 
 
During the evening of September 8, 2011, Tropical Storm Lee battered the East Coast including Prince William County.  The 911 Call Center was flooded with a barrage of calls from the Route 1 Corridor on the Eastern side of the county.  Flood waters were descending upon several areas along the corridor trapping residents in their vehicles, homes and stores. In one incident, approximately 30 individuals were clinging to a fence as the water surged around them.  In another incident, people were trapped on the roof of their vehicle as the waters continued to rise.  Throughout the night, numerous fire and rescue units and swift water teams were dispatched to assist in rescuing and evacuating displaced residents to safety.
 
For maintaining order in a chaotic situation and working tirelessly as a single unit to secure the safety of residents, the Prince William Chamber of Commerce presented the Silver Medal of Valor to the following fire and rescue crews:
 
 
Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue
Engine 517/Boat 517
Captain James Paul
Lieutenant Brian Marks
Technician II Kendrick Terry
Technician I Helton Pereira
 
           
Relief Boat 507
Captain Brian Ferguson
Technician II Patrick Reubens
Technician I Michael Hendrickson
Technician I Trudy Dalton
 Technician I Andrew Morris
 
 
Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department
Rescue 502
Mike Nazionale
Tim Van Deusen
Jesus E. Castro
Luis A. Vitela
Firefighter Ryan Chinn
Firefighter Ryan Murphy
 
 
Lake Jackson Volunteer Fire Department
Boat 507
Assistant Chief Jim Bailey
Rescue Chief Tim Mahoney
Rescue Lieutenant Linda Button
 
 
 
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Chief Kevin McGee congratulates recipients of the Silver Medal of Valor.

 

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 Bronze Medal of Valor

Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue Technician II Michael Moore and Technician I Blake Yowell received the Bronze Medal of Valor – awarded in situations where, during the course of an emergency, a public safety official demonstrates extraordinary judgment, ingenuity or performance of his/her duties.  This may include saving a life that is threatened by medical or physical reasons. 

 
On October 6, 2011, fire and rescue units were dispatched to a townhouse fire in which the caller indicated their grandmother, who was unable to move on her own, became trapped on the third floor.  Firefighters, upon arrival, observed smoke billowing from a third floor window.  While crew members of Truck 514 proceeded to vent the roof from outside the structure, Technicians Moore and Yowell entered the burning home encountering zero visibility and extreme heat.  As the outside crew opened the roof, the smoke and heat dissipated enabling Moore and Yowell to continue their search and retrieve the victim.  Once the victim was safely evacuated, Moore and Yowell reentered the structure and extinguished the fire.
 
 
For their coordinated and quick actions to rescue a resident trapped inside a burning home, Prince William Chamber of Commerce awarded the Bronze Medal of Valor to Technician II Michael Moore and Technician I Blake Yowell.
 

 

 
Chief Kevin McGee (center) congratulates the Bronze Medal of Valor recipients,  
Technician II Michael Moore & Technician I Blake Yowell.  Captain Brian Ferguson (left)
accepted the award on behalf of Technician Yowell who was unable to attend the ceremony.