Prince George's County Fire Chief M.H. (Jim) Estepp has been given the Janet L. Hoffman Award for Public Service of the Maryland chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. County officials said it is one of the top awards given in the state to local government officials.

Estepp joined the fire department in 1958 as a firefighter and was appointed fire chief by the county executive and County Council in 1978.

Children participating in summer recreation programs in lower-income areas of the county will receive free lunches in a summer food service program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the county youth coordinator's office.

The lunches will be offered at 21 locations throughout the county, weekdays from June 24 through July 31. For more information, call 498-7504.

James C. Rosapepe of College Park has been elected treasurer of the Maryland State Democratic Committee. Rosapepe has served as acting treasurer since last fall, when the former treasurer resigned.

Rosapepe is vice president of the Washington Financial Group and was elected to the Democratic committee in 1982.

The Prince George's County Chapter of the American Red Cross is seeking volunteer drivers for its transportation program. Using Red Cross vehicles, drivers help residents who are unable to drive themselves to clinics, hospitals and other medical-related appointments.

To be eligible, potential volunteers must have good driving records and be able to donate a few days a month between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 559-8500, ext. 29.

Gov. Harry Hughes has appointed Prince George's Deputy Attorney Larnzell Martin Jr. to the board of trustees of the state's public defenders system. It is a three-member board responsible for appointing the public defender and overseeing the operations of the state system.

Martin is the first representative of Prince George's County and the first black ever appointed to the board, county officials said. Martin has served as a deputy county attorney since 1984.

The county has received a $73,282 grant from the Maryland Department of Transportation's Mass Transit Administration for bus service for elderly and handicapped residents.

The funds will be used to purchase six lift-equipped vans for the county's transportation assistance program.