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Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 02/15/2011

Firefighter recognized for saving Md. girl

By Elizabeth Flock

A Prince George's County firefighter and medic who rescued a four-year-old girl from a burning Hyattsville apartment in February 2010 has won the Veterans of Foreign War's "2010 National Emergency Technician of the Year" award.

Captain George F. Flanagan III won at the local and state level as well, according to a Tuesday press release. It is the first time a member of the county's Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department has won the national prize.

Flanagan. (Courtesy Photo)

Flanagan was among the first responders to the scene of the fire, authorities said. Crews located her father while Flanagan found the girl, removing her from an apartment filled with thick smoke and intense heat.

The father died from his injuries, authorities said, but the girl has made a full recovery.

Flanagan, currently assigned to Berwyn Heights Fire/EMS Station 814, has been a member of the department for 10 years. He will receive his award at a ceremony in March.

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 15, 2011; 12:03 PM ET
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Heroes, Pr. George's  
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Kudos to you, Captain Flanagan!!

Posted by: aktotlykrzy | February 15, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

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