On Friday, May 6, 2005, the Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department received an “Above and Beyond Award” from the Maryland Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve Committee. Chief James McClelland attended the 2005 Maryland ESGR Awards Luncheon and accepted the award on the department’s behalf. The awards luncheon was held at the Radisson Inn, located in Annapolis, Maryland.
The “Above and Beyond Award” is awarded to those Maryland businesses and organizations that have enacted policies, provided benefits and have supported our National Guard and Reserve troops that exceed the requirements established in the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act. The Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department was one of many businesses and organizations throughout the state recognized for its support during 2004 and 2005.
As you may recall, Volunteer Firefighter Dwayne Frost was deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq. F/F Frost is a member of the 547th Transportation Unit of the D.C. National Guard. His unit was deployed to Afghanistan in January 2003 and later sent to Iraq for Operation “Iraqi Freedom.” Dwayne returned home in May 2004. Dwayne remains on active duty while he receives medical treatment after being wounded in action. He was injured when the Humvee, in which he was riding, was destroyed by a roadside bomb. During Dwayne’s tour of duty he received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.
Supporting Dwayne Frost and the other troops serving our country was the easy part. It was they who put themselves at risk for our freedoms. We salute Dwayne, as we salute all of serving in the military and our veterans.