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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | November 9, 2010
No one was injured Monday afternoon as firefighters battled a blaze at a Fallston home, officials said. Dave Williams of the Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association said the fire was reported at about 3:25 p.m. on Franklins Chance Court. The occupant of the house was home but was able to self-evacuate, he said.
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Yvonne Wenger and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2014
EMMITSBURG - Family after family took the solemn walk Sunday to receive an American flag and red rose, each pausing for a moment to feel the nation's gratitude for their loved ones, fallen firefighters who died in the line of duty. Among the 107 first responders honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service were two from Maryland: Gene Meir Kirchner, 25, of Reisterstown and David R. Barr Jr., 64, of Port Deposit. "For us, it's just another step in our journey of mourning," said Kirchner's sister, Shelly Brezicki of Hampstead.
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July 14, 2012
It's a sad day when the politicians turn their backs on the people who risk their lives each and every day for people ("Police union urges agency overhaul," July 11). Police officers and firefighters injured in the line of duty no longer get a cost-of-living raise of any kind until they are 55 years old, and even then it's a paltry 1 percent. While the politicians enhance their own pension packages and give themselves raises, the people who put their lives on the line each and every day are told to make do with what they have.
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By Scott Dance and The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2014
A two-alarm house fire broke out Saturday afternoon in Federal Hill and spread to four rowhomes, heavily damaging two of them. The blaze was reported about 4:20 p.m. in the 400 block of Sanders Street, behind Digital Harbor High School, according to city emergency officials. It took about 45 minutes for firefighters to get it under control, and they were able to prevent it from spreading to any more homes. No injuries were reported. Residents in two of the homes will not be allowed back inside Saturday, fire department spokesman Capt.
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July 26, 2010
In reference to your article on firefighter behavior on July 23 ("Visiting firefighters warned about behaving themselves"), Id like to comment on Capt. Stephen G. Fugate, who does not seem to have a clue about the volunteer system in the state of Maryland. I for one have volunteered in Baltimore County for the past 30 years and have never heard a high ranking officer such as Captain Fugate degrade dedicated personnel who give their lives, time and commitment to their communities in and around the city that Captain Fugate works in. In regard to his attempt to blame volunteers for vandalism in a Baltimore hotel at last year's safety and training expo, I have seen many career personnel get out of hand on many occasions.
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June 8, 2012
When are people going to learn that using Facebook and other social media is just another way to get yourself into trouble ("Bel Air firefighters suspended over postings on Facebook," June 6)? Anything you say can be held against you, even if your intentions were mistaken. I don't know why we are so surprised by the consequences of posting on social media when in example after example it seems to get people into trouble. I hope this does not make citizens lose faith in our wonderful fire company because they are still there for us and are still great.
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November 3, 2011
All the politicians in this city get wonderful pensions, but the people who risk their lives and health to protect their fellow citizens get nothing. I have been retired from the Baltimore City Fire Department for 14 years. I have a medical disability pension because of being hurt on the job. Because of the condition of my knees, I have been unable to work a full-time job. In the 14 years I have been pensioned, my health insurance contribution has gone from $450 a year to $7,300 a year.
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June 16, 2013
Baltimore City firefighters were on the scene of a three-story apartment fire in the 1600 block of Calhoun Street early Sunday, according to a fire department report. Firefighters responded at 4:30 a.m., with fire reported on the second floor. Some residents were evacuated and others were sheltered in place, according to the release. As of Sunday morning, officials said there was one injured civilian and one injured firefighter, though additional details were not yet available.
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By Baltimore Sun staff | January 8, 2011
Baltimore City firefighters battled a two-alarm blaze at a Northwest Baltimore church Saturday morning, fire officials said. Firefighters were called around 9 a.m. to 4014 West Belvedere Avenue where the one story brick Holy Tabernacle of God church was showing "heavy smoke and fire conditions," said Chief Kevin Cartwright, spokesman with the department. Houses in the area were evacuated due to heavy smoke conditions, according to an advisory from Baltimore Firefighters Union Local 734. The fire was placed under control around 10:30 a.m., Cartwright said.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | November 13, 2011
Two Baltimore firefighters were injured Sunday morning while battling a blaze that started when a propane tank exploded, officials said, bringing to six the number of city firefighters injured since Saturday afternoon. The injuries were not considered serious, said Capt. Roman Clark, a fire department spokesman. The city firefighters union Local 734 said on its Twitter page that firefighters were called to the 400 block of N. Luzerne St. at about 9:30 a.m. Sunday for an explosion on the rear porch of a row home.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
Anne Arundel County fire officials said Wednesday that a hazardous chemical incident that forced about 20 people from their Glen Burnie apartment complex Tuesday night was created by a neighbor who took his own life. Firefighters were called to the Burwood Gardens Apartments on Shelly Road at 4 p.m. Tuesday to check out a report of an odor of gas. Firefighters determined the smell was sulfur, not gas, and forced their way into a first-floor apartment, officials said. There, they found a note on a bathroom door warning that a hazmat suit would be required to enter.
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By Justin Fenton and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Two men were killed and two others wounded in separate incidents in Baltimore late Thursday and Friday. One of the victims died after being beaten and set on fire. About 2 a.m. Friday, Fire department spokesman Ian Brennan said someone called 911 to report an alley fire in the rear of the 4200 block of Shamrock Ave. in the Belair-Edison neighborhood. Firefighters discovered a body on fire when they arrived, he said. The victim was identified by police as Nathaniel Quarterman, 54, whose last known address was in the 4200 block Shamrock Ave. Police said an investigation determined that the man had been involved in a fight inside of a home before his body was found on fire.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | August 21, 2014
Firefighters and paramedics from the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company delivered a baby at a home in Edgewood just before dawn on Wednesday, the fire company reported. The fire company was alerted at 4:47 a.m. for a woman in labor in a home on Meadowood Drive, according to a fire company news release. When they arrived, firefighters and paramedics determined the child's birth was imminent and prepared themselves. At 4:58 a.m., the woman delivered a healthy baby girl on the second floor of the home, the fire company's release states.
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August 17, 2014
The Sun believes that "exempting police retirement income from state tax would be a mistake" ( "Pension pandering," Aug. 12). Fair enough. But when I reached the fourth paragraph of your editorial I began to see red. The inference is that "we" provide for our police and firefighters "far more generously" than we do for almost any other occupation, even within government. How about the Congress of the United States, an amalgamation of career politicians firmly entrenched close to the public teat?
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2014
Charnie L. "Les" Kinion Jr., a city firefighter who founded the Baltimore Road Runners Club and the Maryland Marathon, died July 23 of a heart attack in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was 78. "The Maryland Marathon was Les' baby. He did a lot of the work and knew how to get races organized," said John Roemer, a friend for more than 40 years. "People liked him and he was the best face the Maryland Marathon ever had," said Mr. Roemer, who lives near Parkton. "It attracted some of the best runners in the world.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
Firefighters rescued two baby raccoons from a fire in a Waverly home Thursday morning, officials said. The working fire was reported at about 6:35 a.m. in the 500 block of E. 26th St. and was brought under control in less than 45 minutes, department spokesman Ian Brennan said. He said no one was in the home, which was initially thought to be vacant until a man on the scene claimed to live there. Firefighters called Animal Control to take custody of the raccoons for treatment.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2012
An early morning dwelling fire in the 1400 block of Bonsal Street in East Baltimore injured two firefighters. Captain Roman Clarke said that one firefighter was being treated at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and that other had been released. He said the home was occupied and that its residents were uninjured. He said the call came in at 1:40 a.m.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | February 13, 2011
Baltimore County firefighters battled a blaze for two hours Sunday afternoon in Owings Mills. The fire broke out around 1:30 p.m. in two-story building in the 3100 block of Blendon Road, county Fire Director Glenn Blackwell said. It took about two hours for firefighters to get the flames under control. Though several people were inside at the time of the blaze, no injuries were reported, Blackwell said. The address is listed as the Elizabeth Flick Charitable Foundation, according to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, but Blackwell could not confirm the building's occupants.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2014
A city firefighter suffered a minor burn Sunday while battling a one-alarm blaze in East Baltimore, the fire department said. The firefighter was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for treatment, said Ian Brennan, a Baltimore fire department spokesman. No one else was injured. The mid-morning fire spread to both floors of an occupied rowhome in the 1500 block of Cliftview Avenue, Brennan said. The agency is investigating the cause of the fire. jhopkins@baltsun.com twitter.com/jsmithhopkins
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
Baltimore's police and fire unions are fighting a new proposal from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to privatize part of the pensions of new employees — a move union officials argue will make it harder to recruit and retain the best young officers. City finance officials say the privatization plan is the latest step needed to save the Fire and Police Employees' Retirement System, which they say is struggling and carries a $765 million unfunded liability. But union officials say the threat of pension collapse is overblown, and maintain that weaker benefits will cause talented recruits to go elsewhere.
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