OUTSTANDING 1ST RESPONDER AWARD
In conjunction with Partners in Aging, the 1st annual Outstanding 1st Responder Award was presented in 2017. The award is given annually to someone who has gone above and beyond their job description in providing public safety to the areas senior community.
This year we are pleased to present the award to a team of 1st Responders. Stafford Rescue Engine 14B responded to a call for a lift assist, but when they arrived they found an elderly woman literally covered in urine and feces. Her wheelchair, bed, bathroom, etc were all soiled as well. Although not normally something done during a rescue, Lieutenant McDowell recognized that the woman was “at risk” and that no human should be left in such a state. He did not ignore the situation and leave; he took proactive measures to ensure she was taken care of with as much care and dignity as possible. Lieutenant McDowell and Technicians Kline, Strain and Payne cleaned the woman, changed an adult brief and cleaned the apartment. Multiple phone calls were made between other Fire and Rescue personnel and outside agency directors to determine what services needed to be put in place. Eventually, they were able to convince the woman to be transported to Stafford Hospital. Their actions speak volumes about their dedication, professionalism and empathy for those they serve.
The first Outstanding 1st Responder Award was given to Stafford County’s Detective Angelo Irizarry. His continued investigation of a former nurse’s aide, led to her arrest for the theft of over $18,000 from 2 seniors in Stafford County. She will spend 7 years in prison for this crime. Additionally, Det. Irizarry’s work led to her further arrests in Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania. His tireless effort to protect the community’s seniors has not gone unnoticed.