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September 20, 2013
Firefighter Gene Kirchner of the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Department will no doubt be on the minds of attendees of the annual Baltimore County Fire Service Memorial ceremony on Sunday. Kirchner suffered severe injuries from a fire rescue in Reisterstown on April 24 and died at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center eight days later. He's one of the 10 career and 34 volunteer members who will be honored at the annual service, to be held September 22, 6:30 p.m., at Towson United Methodist Church, 501 Hampton Lane, Towson.
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By Luke Jackson and For The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
In his four decades of public service to Harford County, Eddie Hopkins has seen it all. The newly appointed chief deputy of the Harford County Sheriff's Office first started with the Police Department in 1973, then joined the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Department in 1976, working up to the position of chief, a role he held until he stepped down July 1 to focus on the Sheriff's Office. The 57-year-old even served as Bel Air's mayor from 2011 to 2013. Hopkins discussed his many years of public service and his hopes for the future with Harford Magazine.
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September 26, 1993
County Executive Robert R. Neall, a frequent target of criticism from volunteer firefighters, has appointed a citizens committee to look into the status of the county's fire service, particularly the roles of paid and volunteer firefighters.The committee, which has no firefighters among its members, is to report back by the end of the year.Its recommendations "will be extremely important as we chart the future course of the county's fire service," Mr. Neall said in a statement issued Friday.
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January 7, 2014
Before Harford County entertains even a notion of levying a fire tax to support the local volunteer fire and ambulance service, the citizens need to have full access to the local fire company books. During a recent meeting of a county government commission reviewing the organization of the various volunteer fire and ambulance companies that provide an important public service, the idea of levying a special tax that would be dedicated to the fire and ambulance service was broached.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF | December 2, 2001
B. Harrison Shipley Jr. was a wide-eyed 14-year-old the first time he hopped onto the back of a fire engine. "Boy, you get in here and ring this bell," he recalled Ellicott City volunteer firefighter Frank Collette commanding him. Harrison was too young, really, to be on that engine, but the driver had to answer the call and someone had to ring the bell. With the teen-ager aboard, "Big Kate," as firefighters affectionately dubbed the engine, whizzed down Main Street to a school fire in Ilchester.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | November 15, 1995
County officials are offering local volunteer fire companies $1.6 million to help pay for repairs, maintenance and equipment, provided the volunteers relinquish some of their authority to the county fire administrator and Fire Advisory Board.The agreement, contained in contracts signed by 22 of the county's 23 volunteer fire companies, could end decades of bitter squabbling between paid and volunteer firefighters, Stephen Halford, county fire administrator, told the County Council yesterday.
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By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,SUN REPORTER | October 17, 2006
A recording of the radio dispatch call echoed off the stone walls of the cathedral. "Eastern Avenue ... person trapped on the second floor ... Engine 41 ... Engine 5 ... Truck 20 ... 512 South Macon Street ... two people trapped." Not all of the words were clear, but the message was. This was the call for a fire that claimed the life of Allan M. Roberts, a 19-year veteran of the Baltimore Fire Department early last Tuesday. And they were the last he would hear from a dispatcher before heading into a burning rowhouse with two rookies by his side.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF | September 24, 2004
Baltimore County volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician Connie C. Bornman was treating a patient - on her sixth run that day - when she died in May. After working the overnight shift at the Dundalk station, Fire Specialist Thomas F. Brown had just finished battling a house fire and helping with a cardiac-arrest patient when he died of a heart attack in December. And Maryland Line volunteer Richard A. Jones had completed a shift - one of many in his nearly 50 years of fire service - when he died in January.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Sun Staff Writer | May 9, 1995
Howard residents may have to settle for a fire service that is slower, responds with less equipment and allows firefighters to occasionally "let the building burn," County Council Chairman Charles C. Feaga said yesterday."
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,sun reporter | April 10, 2007
John R. "Jack" Frazier, a retired Baltimore firefighter who rose to bureau commander and was still working as the department's legislative liaison in Annapolis, died of a heart attack Friday at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 71 and lived in Idlewylde. The son of a firefighter, Mr. Frazier was born in Baltimore and spent his early years in Waverly before moving with his family to Frederick Avenue in Southwest Baltimore. One of his earliest memories as a child was being given a shiny red pedal-powered fire engine at Christmas, family members said.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2013
After being criticized for having a nearly all-white recruit class this summer, the Anne Arundel County Fire Department unveiled this week a new plan for improving diversity in hiring. Officials say the department's recruitment plan includes several strategies aimed at getting minorities interested in joining the fire service and successfully applying. For example, officials will recruit more minorities into the volunteer firefighting service, as volunteers are given preference in hiring for county jobs.
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October 1, 2013
The National Fire Protection Association reports that every 23 seconds a fire department responds to a fire somewhere in the United States. Many of these fires occur in residential properties and could have been prevented. In an effort to heighten the public's awareness of fire safety and fire prevention, the Harford County Department of Emergency Services, in cooperation with the Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association, the Office of the State Fire Marshal and other public safety organizations are recognizing Fire Prevention Week Oct. 6 to 12. National Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of October 1871, which killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless and destroyed more than 17,400 structures.
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September 20, 2013
Firefighter Gene Kirchner of the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Department will no doubt be on the minds of attendees of the annual Baltimore County Fire Service Memorial ceremony on Sunday. Kirchner suffered severe injuries from a fire rescue in Reisterstown on April 24 and died at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center eight days later. He's one of the 10 career and 34 volunteer members who will be honored at the annual service, to be held September 22, 6:30 p.m., at Towson United Methodist Church, 501 Hampton Lane, Towson.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2013
The International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters says it will seek a federal review of hiring practices at the Anne Arundel County Fire Department based on the latest firefighter recruit class, which is composed of 72 white males. Association President James F. Hill II said he'll ask the federal government to cut off funding to Anne Arundel's department until it improves diversity. Hill said a prerequisite for accepting some federal grants is having an inclusive hiring process.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | August 3, 2013
A member of Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company vacationing at a Delaware beach helped save a woman from drowning Saturday afternoon. Steve Bittner, who belongs to Bel Air, was  sitting on the beach at Rehoboth Saturday afternoon with his family when he saw a lifeguard running toward the water, according to a post on the fire company's Facebook page. "He looked closer and saw a woman floating in the water face down. Without hesitation he jumped up and ran towards the woman," according to the post.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2013
The two police retirees remember the shooting as if it was yesterday. The chill in the air. The call that came in as a hostage situation. The nickel plating on the gun they wished the man had never drawn. The suspect missed, but the officers didn't. Three decades passed and Lawrence "Larry" Knott and Robert Menas often thought back to the only moment they ever fired their service weapons as Baltimore police officers. "The whole thing was like three seconds," Menas recalled. "Boom.
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By Michael James and Michael James,Staff writer | September 29, 1991
The county Department of Fire and Rescue Services, looking for creative ways to battle the recession, is using a "free enterprise" approach that will combine pizzas and public education to prevent fires.Domino's Pizza deliverymen are offering to conduct free inspections of smoke detectors at every residence they deliver to during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-13.If your smoke detector doesn't work, you will receive a coupon for a free 9-volt battery from the nearest county fire station, compliments of the county.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | December 18, 2012
Introduction of an executive order creating a new Harford County Department of Emergency Services, that will give the county executive greater oversight of the privately run fire and emergency medical service, has been pushed back once again. The whole process might be anti-climactic, however, after the county's fire and EMS association voted unanimously Monday night to support the latest draft of the executive order. Executive Order 12-8 by Harford County Executive David Craig is expected to be introduced by the Harford County Council at its legislative session Tuesday evening.
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Editorial from The Aegis | May 16, 2013
Harford County's fire and EMS service is a mess. As one Old-Timer used to say, "Rome wasn't built in a day. " Nor was the mess that fire and EMS service has become. Let's get this straight before we go any further: This is not an attack on the men and women who have dedicated their lives to helping their fellow Harford County residents at their times of greatest need. The service they continue to provide in the face of daunting challenges is terrific. Some of our colleagues, family members, friends and neighbors are and have been volunteers in the fire and EMS service.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2013
On a perfect spring day in Baltimore County, surrounded by hundreds of his brother and sister firefighters and mourned in prayers thousands of years old, a hero was laid to rest Sunday. Gene M. Kirchner, the 25-year-old Reisterstown volunteer firefighter who died Thursday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center of injuries suffered when he tried in vain to rescue a man trapped in a burning home, was buried in front of the Fallen Heroes Memorial at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens after funeral services at Har Sinai Congregation in Owings Mills.
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