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Photo by Jim Davis. Berwyn Heights firefighters had to cut the roof off of a Prince George’s County police car to free a trapped officer Monday morning in Laurel.
Published on: Monday, April 29, 2013
By Jim Davis
A Prince George’s County Police officer was injured Monday when his marked sports utility vehicle struck a curb, flipped and hit a lamppost as he turned from Baltimore Avenue onto Contee Road in Laurel.
According to Prince George’s County Police Department, the officer was trapped in his vehicle for several minutes as Berwyn Heights Volunteer Fire Department firefighters removed the SUV’s roof in order to extricate the officer. The officer, a two-year veteran of the county police department, was then taken to a hospital.
The struck lamppost fell and damaged several parked cars.
Preliminary investigation suggests speed and weather were factors in the crash, which occurred around 2 a.m. Monday.
Not enough fire department staff at closest station
The Sentinel learned that the closest heavy-duty rescue squad was located only a few minutes’ drive — about two and half miles away from the crash site. However, Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad was unable to send a rescue squad to the incident due to lack of staffing.
According to Mark Brady, spokesperson for Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department, Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad had a crew for either an ambulance or the rescue squad. They decided to respond to the incident with an ambulance.
Berwyn Heights Volunteer Fire Department — located more than seven miles away from incident — was dispatched to respond. The Berwyn Heights unit arrived on the scene within 10 minutes of being dispatched.
Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad is one of several Prince George’s volunteer fire departments in need of volunteers. Some departments have only a few members to staff their units.
To volunteer as a firefighter or an EMT, individuals may call (301) 583-2200 or can stop by their local fire department for more information.