Families Brought Together by Tragedy Share Holiday Cheer at Hyattsville Firehouse

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Story by Mark Brady, Prince George’s Fire/EMS Department PIO

To put this event into perspective we need to provide some background on how these families met at Childrens National Medical Center. As previously reported:

“A horrific and tragic incident occurred on the evening of Sunday, November 8, 2015. A crash on Chillum Road had initially claimed the lives of 4 people including 1 child. 14 others were transported to area hospitals some in critical condition. This mass casualty incident was one of the worst the Department has experienced in recent memory considering the number of patients (18), fatalities (4) and the severity of injuries (8 in critical-life threatening).” Since the crash another child succumbed to his injuries and an pregnant female lost her unborn child.

On December 21, volunteer and career members of the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department and the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department hosted a reunion between members of a family that were involved in the incident and a family they met while staying at Children’s National Medical Center. Carrie Jenkins was in the hospital with her son, Brayden, when they had the opportunity to meet one of the children that was involved in the Chillum Road crash.

Little Dianna made such an impression on Mrs. Jenkins that when she returned to her home in Virginia she decided to enlist the help of her friends and family for donations. Mrs. Jenkins then contacted reporter Jeannette Reyes of WJLA News 7/News Channel 8. Reyes and Jenkins worked with the HVFD and PGFD to arrange and coordinate a meeting between the two families.

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At the Hyattsville Fire/EMS Station 801 that reunion occurred on December 21. There were dozens of presents that The Jenkins Family had purchased from their collected donations or received from others. Jenkins and her two sons, Luke and Carter, were able to share these gifts with Little Dianna, her brother Junior and their father, Fredy. Other families involved in the crash will also receive gifts.

The volunteer and career firefighters and paramedics from the Hyattsville Station were on hand to host the event along with Stations 834 Chillum –Adelphi, Station 844 Chillum, Station 855 Bunker Hill, Santa and Battalion Chief 884. Some of the Firefighter/Medics attending the reunion were working the night of the tragic crash.

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Earlier: Responders Face Challenging Scene at Deadly Chillum Road Accident