We Remember One of Our Own – Kenneth Michael Hedrick LODD January 12, 1992
On January 12th, 1992, Engine Company 27 was dispatched to a house fire at 3807 Walls Lane in Suitland. Kenny had been in the structure and made a rescue of the family’s seven-year-old son. Kenny reentered the house to search for additional victims. While searching the basement, he became trapped under debris and perished. Kenny had been a member of the department for about two years. Les Hedrick, his father, was Fire Chief at the time but was not on the call. Kenny attended LaPlata High School and had his sights set on becoming a career firefighter in the Washington DC area.
At Kenny’s funeral, PGFD Fire Chief Steve Edwards made Kenny an honorary career firefighter in the PGFD. Rescue Squad 27 is dedicated to Kenny. Kenny’s parents are still active in the department today; Les serves on the Board of Directors and his mother Cathy is still an active supporter. Kenny will be missed by his family both in and out of the fire station. His love and devotion to the fire service will live on as an inspiration to all.
We love you, Kenny.