6 Fire Department workers awarded for heroism

May 28, 1993

Six Anne Arundel County Fire Department employees received awards for heroism yesterday during a ceremony at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Capt. Gary Sheckells, Chief Charles Rogers, firefighter Deborah Rodey, and acting Lt. Michele Delalla, an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), were awarded the Emergency Medical System Certificate of Honor for their rescue May 16, 1992, of a woman who was thrown from a raft in West Virginia.

The four were off-duty at the time. The woman later died.

Firefighter and EMT Barton Shortall and Lt. James D. Kruger also were awarded the EMS Certificate of Honor for treating two stabbing victims at the Maryland House of Corrections in Jessup on July 10, 1992.

The county employees were among 35 people from fire departments around the state who were presented the awards by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems.

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