Prince George’s Co. teenager honored with award normally given to first responders

A high school student in Prince George’s County, Maryland, has been recognized with an award that is usually reserved for career and volunteer first responders.

Samarie Brackett received an emergency services award for her efforts that helped save the life of an employee at the driving school she was attending.

Prince George’s County Fire Chief Tiffany Green presented Brackett with the award during a virtual ceremony on Wednesday, May 13.

The 16-year-old was recognized for beginning CPR on an unconscious person at the driving school on Feb. 10.

The employee began breathing again, only to later stop breathing. Fighting exhaustion, Brackett continued CPR until first responders arrived.

The rising junior, who attends Gwynn Park High School in Brandywine, is enrolled in the Fire Science Cadet Program, which is a joint venture between the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department and the Prince George’s County Public Schools.

“This honor reflects well on her, the High School Fire Science Cadet Program and exemplifies the excellent caliber of service the Fire/EMS Department strives to provide in every circumstance,” Green said.

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Matt Small

Matt joined WTOP News at the start of 2020, after contributing to Washington’s top news outlet as an Associated Press journalist for nearly 18 years.

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