The SAR Magazine

Summer 2018

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program on March 27, held at the THEARC in southeast Washington, D.C. On June 1, Hernandez and his partner were called to Saint Elizabeth's Hospital for a combative patient who was armed with a large makeshift weapon. When they confronted the patient, they found him extremely agitated, and he demanded that the officers shoot him. In law enforcement parlance, this is considered an attempted suicide by cop. Hernandez was trained in the sort of crisis intervention required to abate the situation with the use of little or no force. The officer successfully calmed the patient down, and he self-disarmed. Through his patience and persistent efforts, the officer successfully de-escalated the situation without any harm to the patient, hospital staff or other police officers. Police Chief Peter Newsham attended the awards program. PPP D.C. firefighter Jeff Beach received the SAR Emergency Medical Services Award during the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Management Services awards program on April 27, held on the campus of Gallaudet University. While off duty and in his personal vehicle, Beach witnessed a late-evening motor vehicle accident on MLK Highway and Lottsford Vista Road in Lanham, Maryland on May 9, 2017. He stopped to render aid and found Brittnee Crouell trapped inside her overturned vehicle. Beach gained access to Crouell by using a pocketknife and his hands to cut through the windshield. He found that the victim's arm had been amputated at the elbow. Relying on his EMS training, he used his belt and applied it to the severed limb as a tourniquet. Upon the arrival of paramedics, the victim was cut from the vehicle and flown to a local trauma center by the Maryland State Police Medivac helicopter. Beach was credited with saving the life of Crouell as well as her arm. Crouell and Fire and EMS (FEMS) Chief Gregory Dean were in attendance for Beach's award presentation. PPP Firefighter Deangelo Bunch received the SAR Fire Safety Commendation Award. On Sept. 1, 2017, while assigned to Engine 23, Bunch responded to the Foggy Bottom Metro Station for an unconscious person. While he and other members of Engine 23 were tending to the unconscious person, they observed another person who appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance on the platform. The person apparently lost his balance and fell from the platform, tumbling into the track bed and landing on a running rail. Bunch and another firefighter ran toward opposite ends of the platform to engage the emergency shut-off button to kill the third rail power. Simultaneously, the platform warning lights began to flash, signaling the approach of an oncoming train. Bunch and another member of the team disregarded their personal safety and put themselves under extreme personal risk by leaping down on the track bed and removing the unconscious victim to the platform before the oncoming train arrived. Both firefighters also received the FEMS Class 1 Bronze Bar for Valor. PPP The District of Columbia SAR awarded the Honor in Service Cross to U.S. Rep. Michael Thomas McCaul Sr. during its annual Holiday Dinner on Dec. 6, 2017 at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, D.C. The Latin phrase honor in officio, which appears at the center of the Honor in Service Cross medal, expresses esteem for those who perform acts of benefit beyond themselves. DCSSAR awards its Honor in Service Cross for outstanding and patriotic service of local and national importance. The medal is awarded to both members and nonmembers, for service to the community in civil or military areas, religion, education, philanthropy, business, professions and other fields. Congressman McCaul is serving his seventh term representing Texas' 10th District in the United States Congress. On Jan. 3, 2013, the beginning of the 113th Congress, McCaul became chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security. The committee has oversight of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ensuring it is able to carry out its core mission of protecting the American people from terrorist attacks. As chairman, McCaul prioritizes the threat of international and domestic terrorism, cybersecurity, airport security and fixing dysfunctional management within DHS. McCaul also prioritizes border security and elevates this as a national security issue. Prior to his election, McCaul served as chief of counter- terrorism and national security in the U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Texas, and led the Joint Terrorism Task Force charged with detecting, deterring and preventing terrorist activity. McCaul also served as Texas deputy attorney general under current U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and as a federal prosecutor in the Department of Justice's Public Integrity Section in Washington, D.C. McCaul and his wife, Linda, have five children: Caroline, Jewell, and triplets Lauren, Michael Jr. and Avery. In addition to receiving the Honor in Service Cross, McCaul will be inducted into the DCSSAR. He is the fourth- great grandson of Revolutionary War Patriot Lt. William Addington. FLORIDA SOCIETY On Saturday, April 7, the 241st anniversary of the Battle of Thomas Creek was commemorated in Jacksonville, Florida at Seaton Creek Historic Park, with more than 100 attending. David Ramseur, past chapter and Florida SAR president, presided over the ceremony. Greetings were brought from the City of Jacksonville by Assistant General Counsel Susan Grandin, who was the former local director of the Trust for SUMMER 2018 35

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