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July 7, 1999
Carroll County firefighters fared well with honors at last month's Maryland State Firemen's Association convention in Ocean City.William Luebberman received the Fire Instructor of the Year Award from the Chesapeake Instructors Society.John Korman, Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association first vice president, was inducted into the Maryland State Firemen's Hall of Fame in recognition of his service.The Mayberry Gates Award for service of 50 years or more went to three county volunteer firefighters: Charles Walter and Baird Bollinger from Hampstead, and Clyde Kreitzer from Manchester.
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By Pamela Wood and Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2014
A 58-year-old Baltimore County firefighter died Friday afternoon after he suffered a suspected heart attack during training, officials said. Robert Fogle III, a 27-year veteran and career firefighter, was participating in exercises at the Sparrows Point training facility when he became ill. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. "It just reminds us about the sacrifice that our first responders do each and every day and the risks that they take to be fit and capable of helping others," Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF | May 1, 2003
Baltimore County firefighters overwhelmingly ratified a one-year labor agreement last night that will improve pension benefits and some working conditions, according to union officials. The contract will not increase wages of the county's 1,000 firefighters and paramedics or cost-of-living adjustments, although base salaries will rise in a trade-off that eliminates other payments they receive. County Executive James T. Smith Jr. had said in his budget address last month that the county couldn't afford pay raises for any employees this year.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
After learning his son had been shot to death while serving a warrant at a Catonsville home, Officer Jason Schneider's father found comfort in knowing his son had died doing something that mattered. Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz recalled speaking with Schneider's father, Charles, at Maryland Shock Trauma Center shortly after Schneider was pronounced dead Aug. 28. "2013 has been a particularly difficult year for Baltimore County," Kamenetz said, speaking to officials from police and fire departments across the state who came to honor four men at the annual Fallen Heroes Day ceremony held at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium on Friday.
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By Phillip McGowan and Phillip McGowan,sun reporter | April 22, 2007
Anne Arundel County is on its way to finalizing the contracts of its largest unions, quietly resolving a potentially contentious piece of next year's budget. The president of the county firefighters union, Bob Stevens, confirmed Friday that its more than 800 members have reached a tentative multiyear deal with Anne Arundel officials but would not release the terms. That news came about three weeks after the 560-member police union ratified a two-year agreement with 3 percent annual raises.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2014
A man who fell off a dock into the harbor in Annapolis on Tuesday night is expected to survive, according to the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. Annapolis City Police and county firefighters responded around 10 p.m. to 1 Dock St. where they pulled the man from the Annapolis waterfront. He was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he is expected to make a full recovery, according to the fire department. cmcampbell@baltsun.com twitter.com/cmcampbell6
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May 19, 1994
County officials say they will appeal an Anne Arundel Circuit judge's ruling ordering them to hold off notifying government employees about the county's new health care plan.The injunction, granted May 12 by Judge Warren B. Duckett Jr. in response to a suit by the county firefighters union, threatens efforts to implement a revised health care plan for the county's 4,000 employees by July 1, officials say.County Attorney Judson P. Garrett said he has filed a request asking Judge Duckett to modify or rescind the week-old order.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | September 22, 1998
After 16 months of frustration, hundreds of paid Baltimore County firefighters can again fight fires as members of volunteer companies in their home county, under a new directive from the county executive's office."
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Sun Staff Writer | July 6, 1994
Charles A. Dutch Ruppersberger III, the Democratic front-runner in the race for Baltimore County executive, gained two more significant endorsements this week -- from the county firefighters union and from House delegation Chairman E. Farrell Maddox of Essex.The county councilman from Cockeysville has the united support of police, teachers, blue-collar and fire unions. The Maddox endorsement also is likely to help him on the critical east side, which has no candidate of its own in this year's Democratic primary.
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2011
Anne Arundel County police were working to identify a man who was killed along with a dog in a pickup truck crash and fire early Friday in Harwood. Officers were called at 12:43 a.m. to the intersection of Solomons Island Road and Harwood Road, police said. Based on their initial investigation, the driver of the 1997 Ford F-150 was headed south on Solomons Island Road when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle drifted to the right just before the intersection with Harwood Road. The truck went across the median and through the southeast corner of the Southern High School parking lot, ending up in a small wooded area and catching fire, police said.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2014
Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company firefighter Gene Kirchner, who died after searching for victims in a house fire, was not wearing his face mask, gloves or helmet, according to a departmental report released a year after the fatal blaze. Kirchner, 25, a veteran firefighter, died days after a call to Hanover Road in Reisterstown on April 24, 2013. The Baltimore County Fire Department's report said Kirchner was found alone, lying face down in an upstairs bedroom between the door and the bed, without his face piece, hood or helmet.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2014
A man who fell off a dock into the harbor in Annapolis on Tuesday night is expected to survive, according to the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. Annapolis City Police and county firefighters responded around 10 p.m. to 1 Dock St. where they pulled the man from the Annapolis waterfront. He was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he is expected to make a full recovery, according to the fire department. cmcampbell@baltsun.com twitter.com/cmcampbell6
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2013
A Baltimore City police officer was taken to a local hospital for smoke inhalation after he attempted to alert residents about a two-alarm fire in the Bolton Hill neighborhood Saturday afternoon. Fire department spokesman Capt. Roman Clark said the officer suffered minor injuries. He was treated at the scene and transported to the hospital as a precautionary measure. The blaze in the 1800 block of Eutaw Place began around 2:30 p.m. and was placed under control about two hours later, he said.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2013
Howard County firefighters battled two Sunday night blazes in Ellicott City, including one that required assistance from Baltimore County fire officials to get under control, Howard County fire officials said. Around 10 p.m., firefighter responded to a report of fire coming from the roof of a two-story, single-family home on the 3000 block of Mullineaux Lane. Fire officials said that three residents were in the home; two evacuated when alerted by smoke detectors and another evacuated after firefighters entered the home, officials said.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2013
A former volunteer firefighter who worked with youths at the Lansdowne department pleaded guilty Monday to sexually abusing a teenage boy he mentored in a training program at the station. Anthony Maurice Cottle, 23, who appeared Monday in Baltimore County Circuit Court, also faces federal charges. Cottle, a resident of Owings Mills, was also a paid firefighter with the Baltimore County Fire Department. He has been suspended without pay from that department since being charged in October.
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By Jim Joyner, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2013
One Harford County firefighter suffered burns and another became ill while combating a house fire Saturday night in the 1700 block of Harbinger Trail, Edgewood. The incident was reported at about 8 p.m. at a two-story, single family home, according to fire officials. Initial response came from the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company, along with the Abingdon Fire Company, Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company and the Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department. Fire officials thought there may have have been one person inside, so firefighters entered the house with hoses and began extinguishing fire on both floors.
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By Consella A. Lee and Consella A. Lee,SUN STAFF | January 19, 1997
For county firefighters Richard Meise and Keith Hamilton, it's been a busy day at the red-brick firehouse on Broadview Boulevard.In the first five hours of their 24-hour shift at Ferndale Volunteer Fire Department, they have answered five ambulance calls -- a fractured ankle, an allergic reaction to medication, someone with dizziness, car accident victims.Because most of the volunteer firefighters work other jobs, many of the calls, especially during the day, are handled by paid county firefighters assigned to Engine Company 34. And Meise and Hamilton were the only ones on duty last Thursday.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Staff Writer | November 26, 1993
A Hayden administration maneuver to save $2.1 million in Baltimore County government pension contributions has drawn fire from union presidents who say that workers should get a share of the savings.The county's eight-member retirement board of trustees decided this week to make three small changes in the calculations by which employer contributions to the fund are determined.These decisions will start saving the county money July 1, 1994, said James R. Gibson Jr., the county finance director and pension board chairman.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2012
Damp from sweat, soot smeared beneath his eye, Anne Arundel County Council Chairman Derek Fink tried to regain his composure as smoke poured from a burning building at the county's fire training center. "I knew it was going to be tough, but this is 10 times harder than I thought," Fink said. Moments earlier, Fink and Councilman Peter I. Smith were each outfitted with 55 pounds of fire gear, crawling on their hands and knees beneath black smoke, searching for a dummy hidden among the flames.
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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2012
Two Prince George's County firefighters, who were seriously injured while fighting a house fire in Riverdale, remained in critical but stable condition Sunday, according to their families. Bladensburg volunteer firefighter Ethan Sorrell, 21, remained intubated but was conscious at the Washington Hospital Center's burn unit. He suffered burns to his airway. Kevin O'Toole, 22, also a Bladensburg volunteer firefighter, had burns over 40 percent of his body and was expected to remain in the hospital's burn unit for at least six weeks, according to fire officials, citing O'Toole's father, Jeff.
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