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County Executive

Prince George's County, Maryland

Statement from County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III

For Immediate Release: 1/18/2014 10:00 AM

Contact: Scott L. Peterson, Deputy Manager of Communications/Press Secretary, Office of Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, (240) 619-9400

Line of Duty Death Announcement of Prince George’s County Fire Department Marine Fire Rescue Volunteer - James "Doc" Brooks

Upper Marlboro, MD – Today, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, released a statement following the announcement from the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department of a Line of Duty Death (LODD). James “Doc” Delbert Brooks, a 20-year volunteer member of the Department, passed away on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, after suffering a medical emergency while on duty the previous week.  Doc Brooks, age 62, was a resident of Camp Springs, Maryland.

“The residents of Prince George’s County mourn the loss of Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Marine Fire Rescue Volunteer James “Doc” Brooks and send our thoughts and prayers to his family, friends, and fellow fire fighters.

We rely on first responders like Doc Brooks.  As a volunteer, he selflessly sacrificed his time, energy, and passion to protect the people of this great County.  He served because he cared about his fellow man.   Doc Brooks is among the many public workers who put their lives on the line every day.  We may not know their names, but they are our guardian angels - always vigilant, and always there when we need them.  When we lose one of our guardian angels in the line of duty, it reminds us that we need to thank these heroes for all that they do and be supportive of their families during difficult times.”