On Friday, February 24th, 2017 at 12:00 noon, a fire erupted on the 500 block of Milton Ave, Ferndale, MD. Within moments, the bay door opened up at Ferndale Volunteer Fire Department. Led by Curley Alumnus LT. Jacob Slusher ‘05, Firefighter-Paramedic, Engine 343 was on its way to save lives, once again. In the Engine, was another Curley Alumnus, Firefighter Brody Griffin ‘15. When the engine came to a brief stop, Firefighter-EMT Brody Griffin sprang from the fire engine to assist his Pump Operator in ensuring continuous flow from the hydrant to the fire engine.
Smoke billowed from the house. Like an eerie war scene, the streets were filled with thick smoke, resting on the streets. As the wind blew life into the fire, the oxygen feed the red devil. Sirens, diesel engines, and the commotion on the fire ground grew, as the other units in Anne Arundel County Fire Department arrived. Within minutes of being on scene, the crew had water on the fire. Fighting what most fear, these brave men not only are brothers on the fire ground, but are Curley Brothers, instilled with the Franciscan Tradition to help others.
Later that day, the same crew was dispatched to a motor vehicle collision on I97. Once again, the bay door of Ferndale Volunteer Fire Company rolled open. This time, Rescue Squad 34 rolled out onto Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard. The caller reported a car smashed into the guardrail on the median. The victim was in Cardiac Arrest. Crews started Advanced Life Support CPR. They worked diligently to load the patient, never ceasing resuscitative efforts. Due to the team work of everyone involved, the patient survived.
LT. Slusher ‘05 and FF Griffin ‘15 have saved countless lives on the Ambulance, Fire Engine, and Rescue Squad. From overdoses, to house fires, to waking up at 3am for a faulty smoke detector, these gentlemen along with other brave men and women protect us at all times, no matter the cost.
LT. Jacob Slusher ‘05 is a full time Paramedic at Johns Hopkins. LT. Slusher is a Volunteer Firefighter Paramedic at Ferndale Volunteer Fire Company. He sits on the of Board of Directors for FVFC, and is the Emergency Medical Services Coordinator. He also is an Anne Arundel County Recognized Lieutenant and Paramedic.
FF Brody Griffin ‘15 is a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician working for American Medical Response. Brody runs 911 in the District of Columbia, along with inner facility transportation. Brody Griffin is a Firefighter-EMT at FVFC. He is also the Recruitment and Retention Chairman at Ferndale Volunteer Fire Company.
Note that this story was sent to Curley anonymously by “a resident of Ferndale-Past Member of FVFC.” Photos are by Kevin 'HUNGRYBUS' Ryder.