Life after The Towerlight: First freelance piece

Here is a freelance piece I wrote for The Gazette in Prince George’s County. This is my first published article since concluding my role as The Towerlight‘s Editor-in-Chief. The story went live on gazette.net Monday and is set to run in tomorrow’s print edition.

Prince George’s firefighters put officials through paces

Fire Ops 101 organizers hope to steer public safety funding

Prince George’s County and state officials spent Friday afternoon crawling in burning buildings, navigating through dark mazes, and extinguishing blazing fires — but they didn’t trade their current public service career for another.

They were invited to a day of live demonstrations during the first Fire Ops 101 event at the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute.

The event, held by the local firefighters union and county fire/EMS department, was designed to help policymakers and civic leaders understand what firefighters go through in a day’s work as part of their future funding decisions, said Andrew Pantelis, president of the Prince George’s County Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics Association Local 1619.

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D), County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D), and several county council members were among the roughly 30 “students” whom fire instructors educated throughout the day.

“I certainly have a much greater appreciation today for what our men and women do in the fire and rescue service. They’re real guardians of the community,” Brown said in full firefighter gear after exiting a smoke-filled building.

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