Warren Thomas Daywalt, 52, Arundel fire captain

July 27, 2004

Warren Thomas Daywalt, a retired Anne Arundel County Fire Department captain, died of a brain tumor Saturday at his Pasadena home. He was 52.

Born and raised in Annapolis, he was a 1969 Severna Park High School graduate and earned an associate's degree in science from Regents College in Albany, N.Y.

He became a county firefighter in 1970, Among his assignments was the South Glen Burnie station on Crain Highway, which has been draped in black crepe in his honor. He retired in 1997 as a captain in the Lothian-Harwood section of the county.

On numerous occasions he joined crews to fight wildfires in Idaho, Montana, Utah and Washington. He recently underwent training for firefighting with a Grand Canyon helicopter crew.

He also assisted in conservation burns at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge near Cambridge and Soldier's Delight Natural Environmental Area in Baltimore County.

Mr. Daywalt's tumor was diagnosed in October. Family members said he agreed to be part of a Johns Hopkins University epidemiologist's study of Anne Arundel firefighters who have cancer and possible links to the use of carcinogenic fuel for fires in training exercises in the 1970s.

"He loved what he did," said wife of 32 years, the former Kathleen Burke. "He couldn't wait until the next call or assignment. He kept trying to improve his skills by taking classes."

A runner, Mr. Daywalt competed in the 1997 Marine Corps Marathon in Washington. He also enjoyed fishing in the Chesapeake Bay and off Assateague Island.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Barranco and Sons Severna Park Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Highway.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Christopher Warren Daywalt of Columbia; his parents, Warren and Amy Daywalt of Annapolis; and a sister, Lisa Hardesty of Park City, Utah.

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