Exclusives
FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle+RSS Feed
Fire EMSEMS TodayEMS Insider

Maryland Paramedic Recognized for Valor at Traumatic Crash

PGFDPhoto-1

GREENBELT, Md. (WJLA) - A Prince George’s County firefighter Sara Shaffer and Prince George’s County Police Capt. John Boesman are two recipients of the county’s Public Safety Valor Awards presented Wednesday during a luncheon in Greenbelt, Md.

Read Department Narrative of Firefighter/Medic Shaffer's Actions

Capt. John Boesman was  bestowed with the coveted title of police officer of the year for saving a man’s life just over a year ago. In March of 2013, Boesman jumped into action when he spotted a man trapped inside a burning, overturned van.

“You get tunnel vision … you get singly focused,” Boesman said of his heroic actions that day.  He suffered second-degree burns on his face and hands while trying to save the victim who later succumb to his injuries.

“I was expecting some sort of adrenaline boost,” Boesman said, reflecting on the incident. “You know this guy would come free or something, so the frustration continued to mount.”

Prince George’s County firefighter Sara Shaffer helped saved the life of her colleague Lt. Ryan Emmons who had a part of his arm severed during a January 2013 crash on the Capital Beltway.

JEMS: Injured Maryland Firefighter Has Arm Reattached

Shaffer said she grabbed a backboard and used it as a seesaw to free Emmons from the fire truck which had been struck by a speeding tractor trailer.

"I think it’s amazing that she was able to crawl in and reach me,” Emmons said of Shaffer’s actions.

A year later, his arm is attached and he remains determine to return to duty one day.
 



RELATED ARTICLES

Drugs Stolen from Columbus Ambulances

Review finds broken and malfunctioning locks in 13 ambulances.

CDC Calls for Expanding Naloxone Use

Effort could reduce drug overdose deaths and save lives.

Rescue Efforts in Nepal

The latest on the devastating earthquake and the rescue response as the death toll climbs to over 3,700.

Virginia USAR Team Mobilizes for Nepal

Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue team is on the way to quake site.

Global Rescuers Converge on Nepal

Teams and relief agencies respond to earthquake disaster.

Over 2,500 Killed in Nepal Quake

Landslides and aftershocks cause fear in survivors and hinder rescue efforts.

Features by Topic

JEMS Connect

CURRENT DISCUSSIONS

 
 

EMS BLOGS

Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

Featured Careers