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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
A Baltimore Fire Department battalion chief responding to an apartment fire was critically injured Sunday evening in a three-car crash that left four other motorists injured, authorities said. The battalion chief was at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in critical condition after being injured in the accident at Cold Spring Lane and Loch Raven Boulevard, officials said. His department SUV was hit as he was responding to a fire in the 6400 block of Walther Ave. just before 6 p.m. Four civilian motorists were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, Fire Department spokesman Ian Brennan said.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
A Baltimore Fire Department battalion chief responding to an apartment fire was critically injured Sunday evening in a three-car crash that left four other motorists injured, authorities said. The battalion chief was at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in critical condition after being injured in the accident at Cold Spring Lane and Loch Raven Boulevard, officials said. His department SUV was hit as he was responding to a fire in the 6400 block of Walther Ave. just before 6 p.m. Four civilian motorists were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, Fire Department spokesman Ian Brennan said.
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By Tyeesha Dixon | February 20, 2008
Battalion Chief Charles T. King Jr. of the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services has been given the National Gold Medal Award for Emergency Medical Technicians, the county executive's office announced last week. The award, from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, recognizes one EMT from around the nation each year for such qualities as experience, training, accomplishments and community service. "I want to thank the VFW for recognizing the important work of emergency medical service providers and for selecting me for this honor," King said in a statement.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2013
A former Howard County fire officer is suing in federal court to get his job back, alleging that the county violated his rights by firing him for personal Facebook discussions about gun control, free speech and "liberal" politics. Former Battalion Chief Kevin P. Buker, who worked for the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services from 1997 until he was let go in March, contends that the county violated his First Amendment rights by prohibiting speech on public issues that did not interfere with his job performance.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | April 6, 2008
Thomas Joseph Baginski, a retired Baltimore City Fire Department battalion chief whose career spanned 41 years, died of cancer March 30 at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Parkville resident was 72. Mr. Baginski, who was born and raised in Baltimore, was a 1953 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School, where he played varsity football. He served in the Army for several years before joining the Fire Department in 1958. He was promoted to pump operator and lieutenant in 1964, and captain six years later.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | April 27, 2000
A battalion chief with the Baltimore County Fire Department has been hired to head the new Department of Emergency Services in a New York City suburb. Patrick T. Kelly, 47, was named commissioner yesterday of the reorganized department, which covers emergency medical services, disaster readiness, fire dispatch and training and hazardous materials in Westchester County . Kelly said he hopes placing the agencies under one department will lead to faster response times. He said he is planning to add computer equipment similar to that which has been used in Baltimore County.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | October 29, 1998
Frederick C. Byrnes, a retired battalion chief in the Baltimore Fire Department, died Sunday of complications of a stroke at Mariner Health of Glen Burnie. The longtime Pasadena resident was 73.He entered the Fire Department in 1946. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1954, captain in 1959 and battalion chief in 1964. He retired in 1990.James M. Holthaus of Glen Burnie, a captain and 35-year Fire Department veteran, described Mr. Byrnes as "really sharp and the kind of man who really put himself into his job."
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By Dan Thanh Dang and Dan Thanh Dang,Sun Staff Writer | April 26, 1995
In a job that conjures images of burly macho men, A. Danelle England-Dansicker has had to prove that she can swap fire stories with the best of them."My grandfather and uncle used to sit around and talk about all the different fires they fought over the years," said the first female battalion chief in Baltimore County Fire Department history."
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By Joe Nawrozki and Joe Nawrozki,SUN STAFF | August 25, 2003
John R. Johnson Sr., who worked his way up from firefighter and paramedic to battalion chief in the Baltimore City Fire Department, died of renal failure Wednesday at Carroll County General Hospital. He was 64 and a lifelong resident of Baltimore. "He was well-known and respected throughout the department," said Sheri Luck, president of the Vulcan Blazers, an organization of local black firefighters that Mr. Johnson helped found. "He cared about the people who worked for him and was passionate about the mission of saving lives," said Ms. Luck, who is a firefighter/paramedic in the department.
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By Robert Lee | November 5, 1991
A Fire Department battalion chief and a police officer who once saved a boy trapped in an electrical transformer were among the seven Annapolis fire and police department employees disciplined last week for sexual misconduct on the job, several sources close to the Police Department confirmed yesterday.Battalion Chief James Jones, Lt. Eden Avery, Lt. Kenny Rowe, firefighters Robert Thomas and Scott Baer and police officers Darryle Hall and Peter Medley were the public safety officers disciplined in the scandal, according to four sources close to the department.
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By Jonathan D. Hart | April 29, 2013
Over two years have passed since firefighter Mark Falkenhan was killed at an apartment fire on Dowling Circle in Towson. His death resulted, in part, from a collapse of the Incident Command System (ICS), when first-arriving units were faced with heavy fire and multiple rescues. ICS is a procedural policy for ensuring that command and control mechanisms are continually utilized during mitigation efforts at every incident. "Command" is assumed by the officer of the first-arriving unit and passed to the responding chief officer upon his or her arrival.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2011
Jeff King spent the day car shopping, but only after starting out with his ritual stop at Dunkin' Donuts. Gary Jones got ready for what he hoped to be the first of many golf outings and performed chores from the proverbial "honey-do" list. Jeff Loomis put in a double shift on the maintenance staff at Carroll County Hospital Center, where he has worked part-time since last summer. That is how the three veteran Howard County firefighters spent the first day of their respective retirements last week, after ending careers that combined for more than 100 years on the job. "One of the things everyone always told me is that you'll know when it's time to leave," King, one of the department's two deputy chiefs, said Friday.
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By Nick Madigan and Nick Madigan,nick.madigan@baltsun.com | February 6, 2009
Elaina Leonard stood in a driveway slippery with fire-hose ice and looked with disbelief at her destroyed apartment. "I don't have anything now," she said, wiping the tears from her cheeks. "I'm looking right through my living room. There's nothing there, not even a couch. Everything you work for is where you live. I have to start all over again." Leonard, 22, was one of about 80 residents displaced by a four-alarm fire that roared through part of the Berkshires at Satyr Hill apartment complex in Carney shortly after 1 a.m. yesterday, wiping out 24 units and drawing 150 firefighters.
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May 29, 2008
Man arrested and charged in hit-and-run County police have arrested a 32-year-old Dundalk man who said someone else was driving his car when it struck and killed a motorcyclist this month. Shawn Lee Gray of the 2100 block of Jasmine Road was charged with three counts of giving false statements to officers and one count of hindering and obstructing, Cpl. Michael Hill, a police spokesman, said yesterday. Gray was also charged with eight traffic violations, Hill said. Gray told police investigating the May 4 crash on Lynch Road that a man he knew only as "Reds" was using his 1997 Dodge Stratus when it hit a motorcycle driven by James Bruce Sasser, 47, of the 2900 block of Sollers Point Road, Hill said.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | April 6, 2008
Thomas Joseph Baginski, a retired Baltimore City Fire Department battalion chief whose career spanned 41 years, died of cancer March 30 at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Parkville resident was 72. Mr. Baginski, who was born and raised in Baltimore, was a 1953 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School, where he played varsity football. He served in the Army for several years before joining the Fire Department in 1958. He was promoted to pump operator and lieutenant in 1964, and captain six years later.
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By Brent Jones | March 25, 2008
A piece of aluminum from the wing of a U.S. Airways jet headed to Philadelphia from Orlando, Fla., on Saturday fell from the aircraft about 9 a.m. and landed somewhere in Maryland, Anne Arundel County fire officials said. Airline officials contacted at least three fire departments in Maryland yesterday and said that a 5-foot-by-7-foot piece had come off the jet's left wing and is believed to have landed in Anne Arundel, Prince George's or Queen Anne's counties, according to Matthew Tobia, battalion chief for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.
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By Dail Willis and Robert A. Erlandson and Dail Willis and Robert A. Erlandson,SUN STAFF | August 20, 1997
A Baltimore County Fire Department battalion chief who pleaded guilty yesterday to driving drunk in Ocean City in June was fined $300 and received probation before judgment for 30 days.John J. Hohman, 44, of Owings Mills has been disciplined with a two-day administrative suspension and forfeiture of two days leave, said Fire Chief Paul H. Reincke. He said it was "the most severe measures ever taken by anyone in this office for this offense."Hohman was on vacation when he was arrested June 17 during the annual Volunteer Firemen's Convention, four days after he paid a $135 fine in Baltimore County for driving 77 mph in a 50-mph zone on Westminster Pike in a county vehicle in November.
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By Tyeesha Dixon | February 20, 2008
Battalion Chief Charles T. King Jr. of the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services has been given the National Gold Medal Award for Emergency Medical Technicians, the county executive's office announced last week. The award, from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, recognizes one EMT from around the nation each year for such qualities as experience, training, accomplishments and community service. "I want to thank the VFW for recognizing the important work of emergency medical service providers and for selecting me for this honor," King said in a statement.
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December 22, 2007
Gregory B. Ward was named acting chief of the Baltimore Fire Department yesterday, replacing William J. Goodwin Jr., who announced his resignation in November and is to depart Dec. 31. Mayor Sheila Dixon's office said in a statement that Ward, who was the deputy chief of operations, will be acting chief until a nationwide search for a permanent leader is completed. Officials are accepting applications, and top candidates will be interviewed by a six-member panel. Ward, a 30-year veteran of the department, graduated from Loyola High School in 1974 and from the Baltimore Fire Academy in 1977.
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