“This is why we train,”Rescue at Salisbury House Fire


Quick work helps save a Maryland man in a evening house fire


“"We had an attack line working, backup line working and search crew. Search crew went in and found one unconscious male, went in and pulled him out. Revived him somewhat, he's at PRMC right now, “said [Assistant Chief] Jim Gladwell of the Salisbury Fire Department.”

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Members of the Salisbury Fire Department responded to a house fire, with a report of a person still inside, in the 300 block of Cherry Way after 1900 hours on 24 November 2013. As members of the first arriving companies began their fire attack they quickly located a 76-year old male resident.


Firefighters Zackary Keenan and Andrew Merrill are credited with locating and removing Gordon Hitchcock and quickly turning him over to EMS personnel. The whole process, from arrival on scene time to arrival at Peninsula Regional Hospital took 11 minutes.

““It couldn’t have gone any better, Gladwell and [Lieutenant] Bowling both said. “This is why we train,” Bowling said.”

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Bill Carey is the online public safety news and blog manager with PennWell Public Safety, or more specifically FireRescue Magazine/FirefighterNation.com, JEMS.com, LawOfficer.com and FireEMSBlogs.com. Bill started in the fire service, as a third generation firefighter in 1986, on the eastern shore of Maryland and then continued after moving to Prince George's County. He served as a volunteer sergeant and lieutenant at Hyattsville where he met Chris Hebert and Dave Ianonne, the creators of Firehouse.com. Bill went to work for them back in 2001 and after they transitioned away to new, bigger projects, he was hired by them again in 2009. Bill's writing has been on Firehouse.com, Fire Engineering, FireRescue Magazine, FirefighterNation.com, the Jones and Bartlett 2010 edition of "Fire Officer: Principles and Practice", The Secret List and Tinhelmet.com.

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