West Lanham Hills Volunteer Fire Department

West Lanham Hills Volunteer Fire Department
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Services for Mary Grabau

Wednesday, January 4, 2017   Services for Ladies Auxiliary member Mary Grabau will be held this Saturday, January 7th. Visitation is from 11am to 1pm and the service will start at 2pm. Services will be held at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Laytonsville. Address: 21611 Laytonsville Road, Laytonsville, Maryland 20882



Passing of Past President John Pardue

Friday, December 16, 2016   We regret to inform our membership that Past President and Assistant Chief John Pardue of the West Lanham Hills Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, peacefully passed away earlier today surrounded by family.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Debbie and family.  There will be a memorial service in the spring to celebrate John’s life.



Passing of Mary Grabau

Wednesday, December 14, 2016   It is our sad duty to inform the membership of the passing of Ladies Auxiliary member Mary Grabau. Mary passed away Friday night. A Memorial Service will be held on January 7, 2017 at 2 PM at Saint Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, Laytonsville, Md.



Engine 48 & 28 Run Thanksgiving Day House Fire

Friday, November 25, 2016  On Thanksgiving evening both Engines 28 and 48 were dispatched to the area of 1st St and Merna Ln in Co. 48's first due for a reported house on fire in the area. Engine 48 arrived to find fire showing from the roof on side C and stretched an attack line to the second floor. Engine 28 arrived shortly after, got a back up line in place and began opening up. Crews found heavy fire in the attic burning through the roof and quickly extinguished it preventing further property loss. The Volunteers operated for approx. an hour before returning to service on this busy Thanksgiving day.



Engine 28 Makes Early Morning Rescue

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 

A 74-year-old handicapped woman was trapped in her burning home this morning in the 6300 block of Sheridan Street in Riverdale Heights. Her daughter escaped without her cell phone and was able wake up the neighbors who alerted the 911 center. First arriving firefighters were not able to make entry due to furniture and other items blocking the front entry to the house.

West Lanham Hills Firefighter Nolte ascended through a window to gain access to the house. Firefighter Nolte and Sergeant Kennedy deployed a hand line under heavy hoarder conditions into the fire room.

West Lanham Hills Assistant Chief Simmons along with Firefighters Pacheco and Long entered the home and conducted a search on main living area. Chief Simmons located the victim in a hospital bed. Firefighter Nolte placed himself and his hose line between him and the victim. Firefighter Nolte continued to knock down the fire while the rescue team of Assistant Chief Simmons and Firefighters Pacheco and Long removed the victim from her bed and fire conditions. Obstacles throughout the room and the condition of the patient made this rescue challenging. Sergeant Kennedy notified command by radio that a victim had been located and a rescue was underway. There was great coordination and assistance from the additional first responders on the scene. The patient is listed in critical condition at a local hospital.

The West Lanham Hills Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad is proud of the men and woman who serve our department and neighborhood daily by volunteering.



Fireground Audio of 28 Making the Rescue


Open House October 30th

Wednesday, October 26, 2016   Community Open House October 30th, 12 noon to 4 pm. 



Passing of Margaret Ann (Horman) Stoner

Tuesday, October 25, 2016   We regret to inform our membership the passing of Margaret Ann (Horman) Stoner, mother of Life Member of Ed Stoner.

On Saturday, October 22, 2016, Margaret Ann (Horman) Stoner 75, of Ft. Pierce, FL peacefully passed away surrounded by family in Arnold, MD. Margaret was also affectionately known as Nan, Nanny or Kitty.

Born October 19, 1941, in New York City, Margaret’s family moved to Chevy Chase, MD while she was a youngster. Margaret married Edward John (Jack) Stoner on February 4, 1967 and they settled in New Carrollton, MD where they raised three children. After the death of her husband Jack, Margaret moved from New Carrollton, MD to Hebron, MD and then to Fort Pierce, FL.

Friends may call at Gasch's Funeral Home, P.A., 4739 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20781 on Wednesday, October 26 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Bernard's Catholic Church, 5700 St. Bernard Drive, Riverdale, MD 20737 on Thursday, October 27 at 11:00 a.m. Interment Fort Lincoln Cemetery.



West Lanham Hills Civic Association's 75th Anniversary

Saturday, October 22, 2016   West Lanham Hills Civic Association's 75th Anniversary Parade and Fair.



Engine 28 runs 2 Alarm Building Fire in Seabrook

Saturday, August 20, 2016  Around 0830 hrs the men of Company 28 were alerted for the reported auto body shop on fire on the 9400 block of Lanham-Severn Rd. A large column was visible from miles around and the men knew they'd be going to work. Engine 28 arrived to find a 1 story auto body shop with heavy fire throughout and assumed their first due responsibility and quickly began knocking fire and prepared to supply the incoming units. The second alarm was immediately struck by command due to the heavy fire conditions.



Truck 28 runs Chillum 2nd Alarm Apartment Fire

Thursday, August 11, 2016  Just before 1900 hrs the box alarm was sounded in Chillum (Co. 34) for the apartment fire. Shortly thereafter Truck 28 was dispatched on the second alarm and arrived just minutes later. The Truck crew went to the rear of the building to clear a gate for an incoming engine crew and then began throwing ladders and opening up. The men operated on scene for just over an hour before returning to service.



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