By Past Chief William Lawman Jr.
October 30, 2021

October 30, 2021 at 1445 Hours – Fire Fighter / Life Member Doug Hands was located this afternoon during the multi-agency search of the Potomac River. The Hands Family as well as The Cobb Island Volunteer Fire Department and EMS would like to express our sincere Gratitude and Thanks to ALL the resources who have assisted us during the search.

We ask that you continue to keep the Hands Family and his Fire Department Family in your thoughts and prayers during this tough and tragic time.

The Cobb Island Volunteer Fire and EMS Department will provide any additional information after the family has requested us to.

The Family and CIVFD would like to say THANK YOU to EVERYONE that helped during this search:
- United States Coast Guard
- Maryland State Police Aviation
- Maryland Natural Resources Police
- Charles County Dive/Rescue
- Newburg VRS&FD Marine Unit
- Seventh District Volunteer Fire Department Marine Unit
- Calvert County Marine Unit
- Colonial Beach Marine Unit
- Tenth District Volunteer Fire Department Marine Unit
- Towboat Cobb Island
- All Private Citizens Assisting with the Search by land and water.
- The Cobb Island VFD and EMS Auxiliary for refreshments during the past several days.
- Citizens and Local Businesses for Food and Drink Donations.


Stephanie Hands Haynes October 31, 2021 at 3:02 PM
And the ladies Auxiliary for the constant water, food, sodas and support they gave to the whole family
I can not thank all of you enough for what you all did for us