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Fatal Fire Victims Fundraiser at Local Elementary School
Fatal Fire Victims Fundraiser at Local Elementary School


The following information was sent to us by PGFD Chief Spokesperson, Mark E. Brady:


The Prince George’s County Police Department, Lewisdale Elementary School, and the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department coordinated a relief effort for the Munroe family, who were victims of a tragic fire in Lewisdale, Maryland on November 27, 2011. 


A donation drive was hosted Thursday evening at Lewisdale Elementary School that was attended by a large number of members of the community, school staff, public safety and elected officials.  Omari Noel was a kindergarten student at the school.  School Principal Patricia Belgrave opened the event by commending her staff for a very difficult week and helping to coordinate the evenings event.  State Senator Victor R. Ramierz, State Delegate Jolene Ivey, County Councilman Will Campos, Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor and County Police Detective Charles W. Duelley were on hand to welcome everyone.  One resounding message was made by several of the speakers, in both English and Spanish, working smoke alarms save lives and ensure that every home has at least one.  The Fire/EMS Department provided free smoke alarms and fire safety information which was well received by members of the community.  Several firefighters, career and volunteer, were on hand to answer questions about fire safety.


In addition to monetary donations, household items, furniture and clothes were donated.  Merle Munroe, the lone survivor attended the ceremony and greeted many people as possible at the event.  She lost a sister, daughter and grandson in Sunday mornings fire.  Merle Munroe shared with the attendees that her daughter, Simone, and grandson, Omari, had their organs donated so that others may live.


Tonight’s event generated over $6,000 in donations for the Munroe family.


Anyone wishing to make a donation may still do so.  Checks can be made payable to the Munroe Family Memorial Fund and mailed to:


Munroe Family Memorial Fund

c/o Bank of America

7370 Baltimore Avenue

College Park, MD 20740

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