Funeral to be held today for firefighter from Anne Arundel

death ruled a suicide


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July 27, 2005|By Annie Linskey | Annie Linskey,SUN STAFF

Funeral services will be held today for the president of the Odenton Volunteer Fire Company, who was found dead over the weekend.

An autopsy revealed that Louis A. D'Camera, 41, of Odenton died of a gunshot wound to the head. The state medical examiner ruled the death a suicide. D'Camera was found about 6:20 p.m. Saturday in his car at a park-and-ride in Harwood, said Anne Arundel County fire officials.

"This is a tragic loss for the department and the Odenton fire company," said Chief Frank R. Stamm, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the D'Camera family."

D'Camera also held a paid position with the county Fire Department, where he oversaw equipment and supplies as a quartermaster.

In late June, he took a leave of absence from his leadership duties for the Odenton department for personal reasons. Shortly before, on June 24, he had been arrested in Baltimore and charged with indecent exposure. In court documents, police said they witnessed him perform a sex act with an 18-year-old man. A trial had been scheduled for October.

D'Camera joined the Odenton fire company when he was 16 and devoted his life to firefighting, said Robert L. Rose, a spokesman for the fire company.

"He always wanted to be the one to help out if anyone was in trouble," said Rose.

Over the years, D'Camera sat on numerous committees and held leadership positions in state and local firefighters associations, said Rose. Most recently, D'Camera served as president and assistant chief of the Odenton Volunteer Fire Company. He was inducted to the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Firefighters Hall of Fame in 2003.

Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. today at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Odenton.

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