Two city firefighters honored for rescue bid

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

October 18, 2006

Two city firefighters who ran into a burning building in April to rescue two boys before a hose was set up are to receive a national award today in New York.

Albert Jason Boyd, 28, and Omar Shareef, 45, searched a burning apartment in Northwest Baltimore for a 4-year-old and his 3-year-old brother. Boyd rescued the 4-year-old, and Shareef pulled the 3-year-old from his bottom bunk, but the child was pronounced dead.

The $10,000 award from Liberty Mutual insurance company - a grant that will be given to the Baltimore City Fire Department - comes during a week that city firefighters buried one of their own. Allan M. Roberts, 40, was killed Oct. 10 when he entered a burning rowhouse in Greektown.

Boyd said the death of his colleague caused him to reflect on his own rescue this year. "It brings you back to [the] reality that this job is still dangerous, no matter how many safety precautions you put in place," he said. He added that he was "extremely proud" to be recognized for his work - it was the first rescue he had made in his three years in the department.

Liberty Mutal has been giving its community-based National Firemark Award for 20 years. Last year, the company began giving national awards.

julie bykowicz

Baltimore: Cherry Hill

Teenage boy fatally wounded

A teenager was fatally shot last night in the Cherry Hill neighborhood, city police said. Baltimore's 220th homicide victim this year, the 17-year-old boy was found bleeding from at least one wound to the back by officers investigating gunfire in the 2800 block of Carver Road about 10 p.m. His name was withheld pending notification of family members. The youth died less than an hour later at nearby Harbor Hospital, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman. Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888 is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the killing.

Richard Irwin

Audition

Senior Idol competition today

An audition is set for this afternoon to participate in the second Annual Maryland Senior Idol 2006 Competition and Fundraiser. The audition will be at Baltimore's Waxter Senior Center, 1000 Cathedral St., from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. A second audition is set for Columbia's Florence Bain Senior Center Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The state competition is set for Dec. 12 in Brooklyn Park. For more information, call the city's Department of Recreation and Parks Senior Citizens Division at 410-396-2920.

Library

Diabetes seminar scheduled today

A seminar on living with diabetes is set for today at the Enoch Pratt Central Library, 400 Cathedral St. The seminar, to be held at 10:30 a.m. in Wheeler Auditorium, will be led by Kerry Martinez, an exercise physiologist with the Union Memorial Cardiac Rehab Center. The seminar is free and open to the public. For information or to register, call 410-396-5494.

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