When a dispatcher or a first responder in the field is called for an overdose, they are thrust very suddenly into a situation that can mean life or death.
But once the emotion and the fear of the emergency has cleared away, the two parties often never connect again — unless it is during a later overdose. On Wednesday night , the second annual First Responders Appreciation Dinner was held as a chance to acknowledge the compassion fatigue that plagues first responders and thank them for the lifesaving work they do for people battling addiction in Carroll County.
Two members of the community who are in recovery shared their stories. For both, there were first responders in the audience who saved their lives by administering naloxone, also known as Narcan, which can reverse an opioid overdose.
Lindsey Staymates now spends her time at work and volunteering to help others into long-term recovery.
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Just after 4:30 p.m. on May 21 the Anne Arundel County Fire Department received a report of a structure fire in the area of Arundel Road and Main Avenue. A neighbor called 9-1-1 reporting smoking coming from the structure. The first arriving firefighters reported smoke from the gables.
An investigation was launched and it was determined that a fire started on a second floor work area that they were able to quickly extinguish. The investigation further found that the owner was working in a workshop on the second floor and disposed of hot metal shavings and combustibles in a plastic recycle bin.
A total of 31 firefighters were on the scene of the fire and took units 10 minutes to put the fire under control. The estimated dollar damage has not been determined at this time.
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It's a monumental day for anyone, but the birth of Zion Payton was especially unique. On Wednesday, D.C. firefighters got to meet the baby they helped deliver in the shadow of the Washington Monument.
Akela Crawford was driving with the baby's father, Ron Payton, to a hospital to deliver the baby when finally she told her doctor on the phone, "I don't think we're gonna make it."
The two pulled over next to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. As they spoke on the phone, a firefighter visiting from Round Rock, Texas, heard the commotion through the open window of the couple's Chevy Impala ran over to help.
Payton, remembered when the good Samaritan approached. "He was like, 'Hey, we heard you screaming, can we help?'"
An investigation is underway after a restaurant in Frederick, Maryland, was heavily damaged in a Wednesday night fire.
Flames broke out at China Garden on Patrick Street sometime after 10:30 p.m., less than an hour after the restaurant had closed. The bulk of the fire was in the kitchen and some areas had smoke damage.
A Frederick County Fire spokesperson said it took around 75 firefighters a half-hour to put out most the fire.
No one was hurt, but the roof sustained lots of damage.
The fire marshal is investigating the cause.
China Garden has been in Frederick about 35 years.