Today we take the time to remember one of our promising young members who was taken from us too early. Sean Aultmon passed away tragically three years ago and the impact is still felt amongst the membership. Sean had the type and love and passion for the fire service as a new member you could only hope to duplicate. His laugh was contagious and his passion for Ritchie was evident. Sean was well on his way to fulfilling his dreams of being a fireman when he was taken from us. Our thoughts and prayers are with Seans family today as we mourn the loss with them. We miss you my friend, may you continue to Rest in Peace.
The officers and members of The Ritchie Volunteer Fire Department would like to congratulate life member and past Chief Billy Cunningham Sr. on being elected to the position of Second Vice President of the Prince Georges County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association. Billy has dedicated 43 years of his life to serving the citizens of Prince George’s County in many roles in the Fire Department including being Chief of the Ritchie Volunteer Fire Department. We would like to extend our congratulations to all of the elected officers for this years elections.
Around 11pm, the engine company was alerted for an MVC with reports of entrapment in the 1900 block of Ritchie Rd. Engine 372 arrived on scene to find a single vehicle that had left the roadway, struck a tree and rolled over, trapping the occupant in the vehicle. Due to the uncertain stability of the car, Squad 27 was used to stabilize the vehicle prior to extricating the patient who was then removed and transported to the local trauma center. The engine cleared after 40 minutes on scene.
Just before 1800 hours the box alarm was dropped sending Truck 37 with 5 volunteers, Chief 37 & 37B. While responding PSC (Communications) gave multiple supplements of addresses and possible people trapped. Engine 33 arrived with a 2 story triple with fire showing. Truck 37 arrived as the 2nd due special service and split into two crews. The exterior team laddered side charlie of the house as well as clearing multiple windows, while the interior crew searched the exposure. It was later determined nobody was home at the time of the call and the home was empty. Chief 37 had division 2 while Chief 37B had safety. Units remained on the scene for about 45 minutes before returning to service.
After after 1900 hours, while the crew was listening in on a box alarm for a reported building fire not to far from Ritchie, initial companies on the scene reported a working fire with extension to the above floors and sounded the 2nd alarm. This brought Ritchie with 5 volunteer to the scene in the 3400 block of Brinkley Road. Upon the trucks arrival they assisted the initial companies with their assigned responsibilities before being reassigned to setup master stream operations as the fire had grown rapidly. The truck crew operated on the scene for approximately 2 hours before returning to service. Photos Courtesy of Paul Hawkins
8 years ago the members of the Ritchie Volunteer Fire Department lost one of its cornerstones. Joe Humphreys passed away unexpectedly on this day 8 years ago and the impact it has had on the Ritchie family could not possibly be measured. Not only was he instrumental in building what we were, he was a key component in building what we would become. Joe dedicated 31 years of his life to the Ritchie Volunteer Fire Department and his legacy lives on with his two sons, Jason and Michael, who are also life members of the department, the members who grew up listening and learning from him and with each new member who sits at the dinner table and asks one of the older members ”who is the man with the cigar in the picture on the table”. The ones who he impacted can’t wait to tell the stories of the man in that picture and how much he meant to them.
About 2 hours after the crews cleared the Cedarleaf Ave house fire, the busy Labor Day holiday would bring a third fire in a 24 hour period for the dedicated members of company 37. Around 2000 hrs, PSC received several calls for the reported house on fire in the area of the 4600 blk of Davis Ave in company 17′s area. Truck 37 was dispatched as the first due special service and arrived shortly after the first arriving engine with fire showing from a vacant two-story home in the 4600 blk of Davis Ave. The truck crew split into two teams with the interior crew performing an aggressive search which proved negative and opening up the ceiling to expose the fire in the attic area. The outside team threw ladders and removed plywood from windows for ventilation. With a quick knock on the fire, command held 2 and 2, returning truck 37 to service about two hours later.
As the long Labor Day weekend was entering its final hours, the crew was alerted to a house fire in the 300 block of Cedarleaf Ave in Company 8′s area. The original call came in as an outside fire but was upgraded to a full box alarm shortly after dispatch. The upgraded assignment brought Truck 37 as the second due special service and they arrived as dispatched. The bulk of the fire appeared to start underneath the porch area of the home and extended into the attic area. The first arriving crews made quick work of the fire with Truck 37 checking for extension throughout the house. Command held 2 and 2 and the truck cleared about 30 minutes later. This was the second fire in 24 hours for the truck crew, and it wouldn’t be the last one for the holiday weekend.
Just before 8am, Truck 37 was dispatched as the second due special special service for the reported house on fire in the 2100 block of DuPont Ave. in company 17′s area. First arriving units reported a single family dwelling with fire showing from multiple windows The truck arrived on scene as dispatched, splitting into 2 crews with the exterior crew throwing ladders and securing the utilities while the interior crew conducted searches checked for extension in the basement and the exterior of home. No injuries to civilians or fire fighters were reported and the truck cleared an hour and half later.
The officers and members of the Ritchie Volunteer Fire Department would like to invite you to our first annual end of summer cookout. This event is open to all firefighters and their families to attend. We just wanted to use this as an opportunity to enjoy a day with our neighboring companies and their families while getting to know our brothers and sisters that we only see on emergency incidents. We will be hosting this event at our station from 12pm to 5pm on Saturday, August 29th. We will have face painting, a moon bounce and cotton candy for the kids and a corn-hole tournament for the with a cash prizes for the top 3 teams. Cornhole teams will be $40 a team with a cutoff of 16 teams. We will be providing food and drinks and encourage companies to bring apparatus. We hope this event becomes an annual staple in our firefighting community and look forward to seeing everyone, even if only for a few minutes.