The officers and members of the Ritchie Volunteer Fire Department are saddened to announce the passing of former member and past Vice President Louis Felton Sr. Mr. Felton dedicated most of his life to the fire service while not only volunteering and holding offices at Ritchie VFD, Morningside VFD and Capitol Heights VFD, Mr. Felton was also retired from the Prince Georges County Fire Department and was inducted into the Prince Georges County Hall of Fame in 2003. Mr. Felton’s son, Louis Felton Jr., was also a member of the Ritchie Volunteer Fire Department holding several offices through the years and they both served the Ritchie community proudly in the time they spent with us. Mr. Felton was present at our 50th anniversary celebration in June last year and we were thrilled to be able to see him again after so many years. We offer our deepest sympathies to the Felton family in this difficult time and will continue to offer our support for anything you may need, just the way you did in your years of dedication to us.
The funeral arrangements are as follows:
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
2:00pm to 4:00pm and 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Fire Department Service at 7:00pm
Lee Funeral Home
6633 Old Alexandria Ferry Rd
Clinton, MD 20735
Thursday, March 12, 2015 11:30am
Lee Funeral Home
6633 Old Alexandria Ferry Rd
Clinton, MD 20735
1:00pm Veteran’s Cemetery
11301 Crain Hwy
Cheltenham, MD 20623
Engine 371 was dispatched as the 3rd due engine on the reported house fire and arrived as such. Engine 371 secured their own hydrant and stretched the 400 ft. attack line into the basement on side Charlie of the structure. Once the basement was cleared, the crew was moved tho the fire floor to assist with extinguishment and check for extension. The engine from Company 46 made quick work of a kitchen fire and limited any extension and Command scaled the incident down to “1 and 1″. Chief 37A had the interior division and Chief 37 had side Charlie.
AT 1622 hrs, the assignment was sounded for the reported bedroom on fire in the 700 block of Glacier Ave in Capital Heights bringing Engine 371 and Chief 37B. While enroute, the Engine from 5 arrived on scene and reported fire showing from side Bravo. 371 arrived and took the 3rd due responsibilites, laying a line and stretching a 400ft attack line to the rear of the home where they were instructed by command to hold their position. The initial attack crews made quick work of the fire, clearing the Engine and the B-Chief 30 minutes later.
As the Engine was returning from a first due street alarm, PSC dispatched them for the reported truck on fire at the bulk mail facility. Engine 371 arrived to find a box truck with the engine compartment and cab well involved. The crew made quick work of the fire and returned to service in a little over thirty minutes.
Just around 11am on Friday morning, neighbors called in for smoke coming from the roof of a home in the 9100 block of Dangerfield Rd in Company 25′s area (Clinton). Truck 32 was the first arriving unit and reported a one story single family dwelling with fire showing from sides Alpha and Charlie of the home. The crew from Truck 32 and Engine 29 made a quick knock on the fire while Truck 37 was assigned RIT alongside the truck crew from Waldorf (Charles County), working together clearing windows, securing utilities and setup RIT on side Alpha before going back in service about 45 minutes later.
Just after noon, Truck 37 and Chief 37B took in a call for a reported townhouse on fire in the 7000 Blk of Marbury Court in District Heights. Engine company 26 reported a 2 story middle of the row townhouse with smoke showing from the second floor. Truck 37 arrived and took a position side alpha, the crew split into the usual inside and outside crews. Outside crews threw 2 16′ ladders and a 24, and vented the second floor windows side A. The interior crew was met at the top of the steps with fire, with the engine from 26 putting a quick knock on the fire the primary searches were conducted. Two dogs were found in the house, unfortunately the puppy on the fire floor perished, but the male dog in the basement survived. Chief 37b had interior and the crews picked up and were back in service in just over and hour.
Right after lunch, Truck 37 was alerted to Palmer Rd for the apartment fire. Later that evening around 1900 hrs, the Truck crew was left with little time to let their dinner settle before being alerted to the 3800 Blk of Clark St. in company 17′s area for the reported house on fire. First arriving units reported smoke showing from the front door of the single family dwelling. First arriving engine crews were faced with mechanical issues as well as a dead hydrant allowing this fire to grow rapidly from the smoke showing status to fire showing from several windows within a few minutes. Truck 37 was alerted as the 3rd due special service on the run and arrived in that position, immediately setting up and preparing to handle all RIT responsibilities. The crew completed a 360 of the structure clearing windows and gaining additional access from the exterior of the building.
Photo is courtesy of Morningside VFD
Just after noon on Saturday, PSC began receiving multiple calls for a reported apartment building on fire in the 900 blk of Palmer Road in Oxon Hill. Engine Company 47 arrived to the reported location to find fire showing from the roof of a 3 story garden style apartment building. The 2nd alarm was quickly requested with the lengthy history of fires in this particular complex and what the crews know about their area and how to deal with them. Truck 37 along with the A and B Chief responded with a total of 6. Company 37 arrived and staged for a few minutes, eventually being sent to the delta exposure to check the attic and do a quick search, both with negative results. Command redeployed the truck to the fire apartment for overhaul before returning to service in just under 45 minutes.
Just before 8pm on Friday evening, the box alarm was sounded for the reported house on fire in the area of Southbound Crain Highway and Mitchellville Road, with PSC receiving multiple calls for this incident, Truck 37 was alerted to respond along with the A and B Chief. Truck 43 was first to arrive reporting fire showing from a 1 story brick home with a basement with Engine company 16 arrived laying a line and stretched a pre-connect attack line. Truck 37 arrived and began performing duties such as running lights to the rear and removing the wood from the windows on side Charlie as this structure appeared to be vacant. A water supply issue held crews up from making an interior attack, but the issue was quickly resolved and a coordinated interior attack was made. Engine company 16 and Truck 37 made entry, performed searches and hit hot spots. Company 37 picked up and cleared the incident in just under 2 hours.
As Christmas started to come to an end, PSC dispatched a box to 3405 Pearl Dr. in Company 29′s area. Truck 37 was dispatched as the first due truck on the box. The truck arrived behind the Engine from 26, who arrived with fire showing from a terrace level apartment. The truck crew split into the usual inside and outside teams. The inside team searched all four terrace level apartments (negative) along with opening up for the engine company. The outside crew laddered the building and controlled utilities. Once it was confirmed that there was no extension to upper apartments command scaled the incident back to 26 and 37. The truck was on the scene for just under an hour.