Deputy Chief Charles Weinreich, county firefighter who 'did his job'

December 18, 1992|By Staff Report

Retired Baltimore County Deputy Fire Chief Charles O. Weinreich, who remained active in firemen's activities after his retirement, died Sunday of cancer at his home on Detroit Avenue in St. Helena.

Services for Chief Weinreich, who was 80, were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Duda-Ruck Funeral Home, 7922 Wise Ave., Dundalk.

Known to many in the department as Otts, he retired in 1980 after 11 years of service as a deputy chief in Fire Suppression, the division of the department that fights fires.

He began his career in 1937 at the Dundalk Fire Station where he remained until 1943, when he was promoted to captain in charge the new North Point/Edgemere Station.

In 1960, he was made a battalion chief and served briefly at Fire Department headquarters before returning to Eastern Baltimore County as chief of Battalion 3.

Retired Battalion Chief Bernard K. Klemm, described Chief Weinreich as a good firefighter who was conscientious and would go out of his way to help with personal or work problems.

"He did his job!" Chief Klemm said.

The department said Chief Weinreich received many awards, citations and commendations in his 43-year career.

He was a life member of the North Point/Edgemere, Wise Avenue and Bowleys Quarters volunteer fire companies.

Chief Klemm said that his colleague had remained active in department affairs long after his retirement.

He appeared at all ceremonies, graduations and dedications of both the professional department and the volunteers, and rode in the battalion chief's car during Fourth of July parades in Dundalk, Chief Klemm said.

For many years Chief Weinreich headed the department's Old Timers Organization.

He also was a former president of the Baltimore County Retired Fire Officers and Fire Fighters Association.

Born on the Eastern Shore but reared in Highlandtown and Rosedale, he worked at the Sparrows Point plant of the Bethlehem Steel Corp. and was a route salesman in Highlandtown for a dairy before joining the Fire Department.

A member of the Patapsco Lodge of the Masons, he maintained a mobile home as a summer home in Ocean City and was fond of deer hunting and of fishing in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

He is survived by his wife, the former Audrey E. Krouse; two daughters, Dolores E. Fry of Stevensville and Linda L. Mueller of Dundalk; a brother, Elmer Weinreich of Rosedale; and five grandchildren.

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