WVRS is proud to announce that our own Adam St. John is this year’s recipient of the George W. Colburn, Jr. Cup Trophy Award for an Outstanding Act of Heroism (the Colburn Cup) presented by the Maryland State Firemen’s Association (MSFA). Also recognized were FF Johnny Ruvolo, FF Julio Deras, and Captain Brett Russell. The annual award was presented this morning at the MSFA Annual Convention and Conference in Ocean City, MD.
Adam St. John was honored for his heroic actions on Tuesday, December 22, 2014 at a house fire in Burtonsville, Maryland where he helped rescue a trapped firefighter. The residents of the house escaped uninjured thanks to working smoke detectors.
Adam St. John also received the Colburn Cup in 2008 for rescuing three children trapped in a house on fire in Kensington, MD. He is the first two-time winner in the over 80-year history of the Colburn Cup. St. John first joined the WVRS as a sixteen year old cadet in 2002.
The dramatic rescue was captured on video by a camera mounted on St. John’s fire helmet.
Captain Adam St. John (left center), Firefighter Johnny Ruvolo (left), Captain Brett Russell (right center) Firefighter Julio Deras (right) were recognized for their actions at the December 22, 2014 house fire.
Ambulance Commemorates 60th Anniversary of Rescue Squad
The Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad (WVRS) recently placed a new ambulance in service. Ambulance 742C c\ommemorates the 60th anniversary of the WVRS with a design featuring the original seal of the WVRS emblazoned on the ambulance’s front doors.While paying tribute to the past, the ambulance also looks to the future by including the latest in safety features and state of the art patient care technology. At a price tag of over $230,000.00 the purchase was made possible by the generous donations of community members. The WVRS’ Spring 2015 fund drive is currently underway to raise funds for the purchase of a new rescue truck at a cost of over $1.5 million. Contributions can be made online at www.wvrs.org . A private, volunteer, non-profit corporation, the WVRS responds to over 11,000 emergency calls annually in partnership with the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service. The WVRS is located in the center of Wheaton, MD, a diverse multi-cultural community. Since 1955 it has operated thanks to the generous donations of its neighbors.
The Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc. (WVRS) needs your support! Our Spring 2015 fundraising request is in the mail.
WVRS saves Montgomery County taxpayers an estimated $4 million per year by providing volunteer emergency medical, fire, and rescue services. With your support, the WVRS and our dedicated volunteers can continue to provide reliable, dedicated life-saving services to the community.
Please consider donating today so that we may continue to provide state-of-the-art response.
To donate online go to www.wvrs.org/donatenow or click on the “DONATE NOW” button on the WVRS homepage (www.wvrs.org). We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Call (301)949-9673 for more info.
Thank you for your support!
The Officers, Members, and Alumni of the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad
Posted in Incidents on Friday, May 1st, 2015 at 6:54 PM | Comments Off
On Thursday March 19th, around 1 am, Rescue Squad 742 was dispatched along with numerous other MCFRS units for a report of smoke from an older commercial building on Georgia Ave in downtown Silver Spring. Engine 701 arrived with fire from a storefront and heavy smoke from the floor above. Rescue Squad 742′s crew searched both floors and the basement bar, controlled utilities, and assisted with opening up to check for hidden fire. The squad returned to the station around 4 am and found RS703 had been transferred in to cover.
Crew: Chief Mark Dempsey, D/C Jacob DeGlopper, MFF Dave Shaklan, FF Sean Andrews.
Posted in Incidents on Thursday, March 19th, 2015 at 4:20 PM | Comments Off
At approximately 1800 hours on the afternoon of Tuesday, December 16, Rescue Squad 742B, Chief 742, and Chief 742B were dispatched to the 9400 block of Woodland drive for the report of a house fire. AT719 arrived on scene and confirmed a working basement fire and requested the Rapid Intervention Dispatch, which brought M742 to the scene. C742 assumed command with C742B being the interior supervisor. The crew of five from the squad controlled utilities and conducted a primary and secondary search in timely manner. The fire was brought under control quickly with minimal extension.
C742: Mark Dempsey
C742B: Erik Karlsons
RS742: Captain Brett Russell, Lt. David Riedman, FFII Jason Buc, FFII Johnny Ruvolo, FFII Chat Halambe
M742: PMIC Britanny Galladora, EMT Tony Galladora, EMT Alex Jennison
Posted in Incidents on Monday, December 29th, 2014 at 7:30 PM | Comments Off