Military Service
The 1930's
Private Lyman J. Laughton
Private Lyman J. Laughton
5th Battalion Fleet Marine Reserve
Private Lyman J. Laughton is a charter member of the Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department. He served in the U. S. Marine Corps 5th Battalion Fleet Marine Reserve as a bandsman starting in 1935.
The 1960's
Albert Adams
U.S. Navy - North Island Naval Air Station
Albert Adams served in the U.S. Navy from 1961 to 1965. He served on North Island Naval Air Station in San Diego, California as a jet engine mechanic. Albert is a Life Member of this department and has served as a volunteer firefighter since 1960. He is a retired firefighter from the Prince George's County Fire / EMS Department. He currently serves as Secretary of this department.
Staff Sergeant Charles L. Baldi
U.S. Army - Korea
Charles L. Baldi served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1968 and again from 1973 to 1977. He held the rank of Staff Sergeant and was stationed in Korea. Charles has served as a volunteer firefighter since 1969 and is a retired federal firefighter. During Charles' service at the Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department he has held various ranks to up Deputy Chief. He is a Life Member.
Master Sergeant David S. Breeden, Jr.
Air Force - U.S. Air National Guard
Master Sergeant David S. Breeden, Jr. served in the Air Force USANG from 1958 to 1980. While serving in the Air National Guard he was on full active duty from October 1961 through August 1962 and again from January 1968 through June 1969. During Dave's service he was assigned to the base fire departments at Andrews Air Force Base and at Langley Air Force Base, working his way up through the positions as a firefighter, driver and crew chief for both aircraft crash/rescue and structural firefighting crews. At the time of his retirement, he was the Fire Chief for the DC Air National Guard, stationed at Andrews AFB. Dave, a Life Member, has been a member of the Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department since 1957 and has served as Chief for 14 years and President for 5 years.
The 1970's
William Gray
William Davis
U.S. Marine Corps
William Davis recently joined the Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department in 2009, as a new recruit. He served state side during the Vietnam War in the U.S. Marines Corp. His responsibilities included base security at Parris Island and Camp Lejeune from 1971 through 1973.
Sergeant William Hawkins, Jr.
Sergeant William Hawkins, Jr.
U.S. Army - 115th Infantry Division
William Hawkins, Jr. served in the U.S. Army from 1979 through 1985. He was a Sergeant with the 115th Infantry Division out of Fort Meade. He spent his time statewide and trained to operate the M-60 machine gun. Bill joined the Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department in 1982. He had prior volunteer fire service experience with the Bowie Volunteer Fire Department and the Boulevard Heights Volunteer Fire Department.
Albert D. Johnson
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Albert D. Johnson
450th Civil Affairs Company; HQ Company, 97th ARCOM
Albert D. Johnson enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves in 1977 and was assigned to the 450th Civil Affairs Company as a Firefighter. While with the 450th Civil Affairs Company he was placed on alert for possible deployment to Zaire. In 1979, he was transferred to the 2070th USAR school as an Instructor and in 1980 was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant. In 1985 he was transferred HQ Company, 97th ARCOM where he was assigned to the Inspector General team, inspecting units under ARCOM. While serving in the HQ Company he was promoted to Sergeant 1st Class and then Chief Warrant Officer 2. Johnson was later reassigned to the 2071st USAR school as an Instructor. During Desert Storm he was assigned to the 55th Support Center where he trained for deployment. His unit made to the embarkation point but then was ordered to stand down. In 1998, he retired from the U.S. Army Reserves and from the Army in 2006. At the time of his retirement, he held the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 3.
William Lehew, Sr.
William Lehew, Sr.
U.S. Marine Corps
William joined the Capitol heights Volunteer Fire Department in 1970 and is a Life Member.
Thomas Yowell
Sergeant Thomas Yowell
U.S. Marines - 3rd Engineer Battalion, C (Charlie) Company
Thomas Yowell left for Parris Island, South Carolina on June 21, 1973. He completed his basic training and was sent to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina for Engineer School where he was assigned to the 3rd Engineer Battalion, C (Charlie) Company. After leaving Camp Lejeune in January 1974, Sergeant Yowell boarded the USS Spiegal Grove LSD-32 for the Mediterranean Sea. While in the Mediterranean, he went to ports in Spain, Italy, Turkey, and Cyprus. He also trained with Italian and Greek troops on the island of Crete.

In July 1974, when the Turks invaded Cypress, Thomas' ship was responsible for the evacuation U.S. citizens from the island.

Thomas returned to Camp Lejeune in August 1974. In the fall of 1974, he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He returned home to Capitol Heights in 1975 and then later went to California. His next assignment brought him back to Okinawa in 1978. Returning home in 1979, Thomas started his fire department career with DCFD. Thomas joined the Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department in 1970 and is a Lifetime Member.
The 1980's
Sergeant Ramon L. Davis
Sergeant Ramon L. Davis
U.S. Army Rangers - 82nd Airborne Division - Signal Corp
Sergeant Ramon L. Davis served in The U.S. Army Rangers from 1981 to 1986. He was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division - Signal Corp. After completing basic training at Fort Bragg he completed a tour of duty in Germany. In October 1983, Sergeant Davis was part of the Recon Group during the invasion of Granada by U.S. troops to insure the safety of American medical students at the St. George University. After Granada, Sergeant Davis was deployed to Beirut, Lebanon as part of a peacekeeping mission. Ramon has been a member of the Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department since 1988 and is a Life Member. He is currently employed as a Captain at the Fort Meade Fire Department.
Lance Corporal Robert W. Fralin II
Lance Corporal Robert W. Fralin II
U.S. Marine Corps - 1st Battalion, Alpha Company, 3rd Platoon; Headquarters Company, Headquarters and Service Battalion
Lance Corporal Robert W. Fralin II, who started out in Air Force ROTC at Largo High School, joined the U.S. Marine Corp in February 1982. After delayed entry, to graduate high school, Fralin left in June 1982 for Boot Camp at Paris Island, S.C. He remained at Paris Island for 3 months and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, Alpha Company, 3rd Platoon. He then went to Camp Lejeune, N.C. for infantry training. His unit was on alert for possible deployment after the bombing of the Marine Corp Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. Later, he was reassigned to the Headquarters Company, Headquarters and Service Battalion at the Marine Corp Development and Education Command in Quantico, VA where he served an IBM OS System 360 Computer Operator. Lance Corporal Robert W. Fralin II was honorably discharged in June 1986 and was awarded Expert Rifleman, Pistol Expert, Good Conduct and National Defense medals.
Currently Serving
Private Brian Graham
Private Brian Graham
U.S. Army Reserves
Private Brian Graham serves as a field medic in the U.S. Army Reserves and is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan sometime in 2013. Brian has been a member of the Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department since 2011.