Mitchell Molenof Death, Obituary – We are writing to inform you that on January 10, 2023, early in the morning, WVRS Life Member Mitchell L. Molenof died away. His passing was reported to have occurred. It is with great regret that we must proceed in this manner. In 1978, Mitch joined the Rescue Squad as a cadet member of the organization. After many years of dedicated service, he was eventually promoted to the position of Lieutenant and served as Vice President of the organization before finally deciding to retire from active duty. 1978 was the year that he earned his accreditation as an emergency medical technician, 1979 was the year that he joined the fire department, and 1982 was the year that he was elevated to the rank of a line officer.
In addition to the numerous other honors that have been bestowed upon him by the Department, he was presented with the Valor Award by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce in 1983. This was in recognition of the fact that he had helped to save the life of a fellow firefighter during a blaze that required three alarms and took place at the Gramex Heliport Building in Silver Spring. In addition, in 1982, while Mitch was working as a service technician at a community pool, he was recognized for his quick thinking and actions, which gained him acclaim from his superiors.
This recognition came about as a result of the fact that he was able to solve problems quickly. As soon as they got to the location, his team immediately began examining an open gate and came upon a little boy who was stuck at the bottom of the pool. The team removed the youngster from the water and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on him; they were successful in bringing him back to life after their efforts. After experiencing the horrific occurrence, the small child sought therapy at the Rescue Squad on many occasions. His outstanding talents as an emergency medical technician and firefighter were matched only by his ambition to learn more about the fire service and expand his interest in it.
This includes a lengthy career with the District of Columbia Fire Department, where he eventually reached the rank of Battalion Chief before leaving the organization after a number of years of service. In recent years, he has been actively involved in both the WVRS Alumni Association and the Montgomery County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), where he has worked as an instructor. In addition, he has been a member of both the WVRS Alumni Association and the WVRS. At this time, Mitch’s family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers. We will continue to keep them in our thoughts and prayers. The funeral is set for this coming Friday, the 13th of January in 2023. There will be an expansion of this explanation supplied at a later time.