Service tonight to honor firefighter who died after aiding tornado cleanup

September 30, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Prince George's fire department will hold a memorial service tonight for a volunteer firefighter who collapsed and died a few hours after a tornado touched down on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park.

The service for Clarence Kreitzer, who was 78, will be held at 8 p.m. at the Robert E. Evans Funeral Home, 16000 Annapolis Road, in Bowie.

Kreitzer, a member of the Bowie Volunteer Fire Department for 64 years, spent several hours on campus after the tornado hit, helping to provide lighting that allowed the cleanup to continue after dark. He collapsed on his way home, apparently from a heart attack.

A viewing will be held at the funeral home from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today. A funeral service will be held at the same location at 10 a.m. tomorrow. The burial at Crownsville Veterans Cemetery will be followed by a reception at the headquarters of the Bowie Volunteer Fire Department, Company 19, 13008 Ninth St.

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