Herbert B. Campbell


March 06, 1992

Herbert B. Campbell, a retired Baltimore firefighter, died Monday after a heart attack while working with the Middle River Volunteer Fire Company. He was 63 and an Ellicott City resident.

Services for Mr. Campbell were being held today at Arbutus United Methodist Church, Shelbourne Road and Maple Avenue.

Mr. Campbell had been riding on the company's aerial ladder truck, responding to a kitchen fire, when he took ill.

He joined the volunteer company nearly 10 years ago. He had been with the city Fire Department for 33 years.

After a brief assignment on a fireboat, he spent most of his career with Truck 12 at Liberty Heights Avenue and Garrison Boulevard. Decorated several times, he was the driver of the truck when he retired.

Firefighting runs in his family. A great-grandfather was chief engineer in the Baltimore Fire Department and a grandfather and an uncle were captains. His father, also a member of the city department, died in 1940 from injuries suffered in a fire. Mr. Campbell's son is a member of the Middle River Volunteer Fire Company.

Mr. Campbell was a member of the Ben Franklin Lodge of the Masons, the York Rite, Boumi Temple and Southern Maryland Shrine Club.

The Baltimore native attended the Polytechnic Institute. He served in the Navy during the Korean War.

His survivors include his wife, the former Mary Jane Matthews; his son, Kenneth Brantley Campbell Sr. of Cockeysville; and two sisters, Irma Tatum and Virginia Ferguson, both of Baltimore.

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