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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2014
It's a typical scene at fire departments everywhere: lockers lining the garage, with coats hanging and boots at the ready for quick changes when an emergency calls. But at the Odenton Volunteer Fire Company one boot has a leg sticking out of it. Firefighter William Fisher returned to work at Odenton this month, eight months after having his right leg amputated below the knee, the result of a lingering injury from his Army service in Iraq. After intense rehabilitation, seemingly endless paperwork to prove that he met the National Fire Protection Association standards, and extensive work with a company to develop a special boot for his prosthetic leg, Fisher printed out dozens of copies of a certification declaring him fit for duty and placed them in everyone's mailbox at the station.
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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 Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2012
William B. Levin, a longtime member of the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company and senior claims adjuster at the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, died Friday in hospice care at the Gilchrest Center of kidney cancer. He was 65 and had battled cancer for several years. Members of the Pikesville company held a birthday party for him April 25 in the chapel at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. They awarded him a life membership, recognizing his 24 years of service with the volunteer company.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2014
It's a typical scene at fire departments everywhere: lockers lining the garage, with coats hanging and boots at the ready for quick changes when an emergency calls. But at the Odenton Volunteer Fire Company one boot has a leg sticking out of it. Firefighter William Fisher returned to work at Odenton this month, eight months after having his right leg amputated below the knee, the result of a lingering injury from his Army service in Iraq. After intense rehabilitation, seemingly endless paperwork to prove that he met the National Fire Protection Association standards, and extensive work with a company to develop a special boot for his prosthetic leg, Fisher printed out dozens of copies of a certification declaring him fit for duty and placed them in everyone's mailbox at the station.
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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2012
A 20-year-old Anne Arundel County volunteer firefighter suffered minor injuries Sunday while fighting a blaze at a home in Severna Park. Division Chief Michael Cox said the firefighter, whose name was not given, suffered burns to his ears and neck and was taken to the burn unit at Johns Hopkins Bayville Medical Center. Firefighters responded at 11:47 a.m. to a house fire in the 300 block of Green Aspen Court in the Shipley's Choice community. On arrival, firefighters saw fire at he rear of the two-story, single-family home, Cox said.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2013
A volunteer firefighter who joined the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company as a teenager more than a decade ago died Thursday of injuries sustained in a fire last week that also killed another man. Gene Kirchner, 25, died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, officials said. "Everybody is extremely shocked by this," said Craig Hewitt, assistant chief of the fire company. "They're missing Gene right now. He was a very key part of our fire company, and he will be greatly missed. " Kirchner was one of the first firefighters to respond to the house fire on Hanover Road early on the morning of April 24. He tried to save a man trapped inside, officials said.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
When a fire broke out at a home on Myrtle Avenue in Halethorpe, members of the English Consul Volunteer Fire Department arrived to beat back the blaze. It proved too strong, destroying the structure and sending two firefighters to the hospital. Federal authorities now say that one of the volunteers injured in the September 2007 blaze intentionally set it, one in a string of suspicious fires in the area at the time. Documents filed in U.S. District Court last week lay out the case against Nicholas Hannigan, 27, a deputy chief with the English Consul department who told federal investigators in 2011 that he set the fire by igniting a wheelbarrow full of insulation, prosecutors say. The alleged disclosure came as Hannigan went through a screening to become a Secret Service employee.
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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 Amanda Yeager, ayeager@tribune.com | October 28, 2013
It's back to the drawing board for a planned enhanced benefits package for veteran Howard County volunteer firefighters. Last week, the county government's administration requested that the County Council withdraw the Length of Service Award Program bill, which was due for a vote at the council's legislative session in early November. Howard Fire Chief Bill Goddard said he was "surprised" by testimony from some volunteer firefighters who disagreed with parts of the bill at a public hearing Oct. 21. "I was convinced that we had an agreement on what was presented to the County Council," he said.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2011
No one knows how many bull-and-oyster roasts they've held at the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company in Severna Park. After 92 years, it can be tough to keep track. Even Bill Weitzell scratches his head at the question, and he knows as much about this kind of thing as anybody. "To be honest, I'm not sure," says Weitzell, a Severna Park resident who joined the company when Franklin D. Roosevelt was president, gas cost 10 cents a gallon and a fireman was lucky if his rescue ladder reached the roof of a two-story house.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
When a fire broke out at a home on Myrtle Avenue in Halethorpe, members of the English Consul Volunteer Fire Department arrived to beat back the blaze. It proved too strong, destroying the structure and sending two firefighters to the hospital. Federal authorities now say that one of the volunteers injured in the September 2007 blaze intentionally set it, one in a string of suspicious fires in the area at the time. Documents filed in U.S. District Court last week lay out the case against Nicholas Hannigan, 27, a deputy chief with the English Consul department who told federal investigators in 2011 that he set the fire by igniting a wheelbarrow full of insulation, prosecutors say. The alleged disclosure came as Hannigan went through a screening to become a Secret Service employee.
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By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2014
A Carroll County volunteer firefighter was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center after a hose burst and struck him Friday afternoon at a fire scene, officials said. The injuries are not life-threatening, said Byron Welker, assistant chief of the volunteer New Windsor Fire Department. "He's doing very well," Welker said. "He's being kept overnight at Shock Trauma for observation. " The injured firefighter, Richard Hooper, was in serious condition Friday evening, said hospital spokeswoman Cindy Rivers.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | November 13, 2013
Howard County is asking a federal court to throw out a former Fire Department battalion chief's lawsuit, arguing that the Facebook posts that triggered his dismissal were not constitutionally protected because they were "at best, personal opinion or pique and, at worst, insubordinate. " The response, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court, follows a suit brought last month by Kevin P. Buker. The county argues that posts on Buker's personal Facebook page early this year did not involve "a matter of public concern" - a key element in cases involving the First Amendment rights of public employees.
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By Amanda Yeager, ayeager@tribune.com | October 28, 2013
It's back to the drawing board for a planned enhanced benefits package for veteran Howard County volunteer firefighters. Last week, the county government's administration requested that the County Council withdraw the Length of Service Award Program bill, which was due for a vote at the council's legislative session in early November. Howard Fire Chief Bill Goddard said he was "surprised" by testimony from some volunteer firefighters who disagreed with parts of the bill at a public hearing Oct. 21. "I was convinced that we had an agreement on what was presented to the County Council," he said.
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By Amanda Yeager, ayeager@tribune.com | October 18, 2013
Earlier this month, County Executive Ken Ulman introduced a bill to the County Council expanding retirement benefits for volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel. The benefit package, called the Length of Service Award Program, or LoSAP, will have an increased monthly benefit for retired volunteers. It does not apply to paid full-time employees or contingents. The new monthly payment will be equivalent to 1 percent of the current starting salary of a firefighter trainee. For an eligible volunteer who has served 25 years and is over the age of 50, that would mean a payment of $460 each month for life, up from the previous monthly benefit of $250.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | June 11, 2013
The weather cleared for State Sen. Barry Glassman Saturday, and as expected the Harford village of Level saw its native son announce his candidacy for Harford County Executive before an estimated 1,000 supporters. Many attendees said it was the largest and most unique political kickoff they had ever attended, with demand so high that the campaign had to stop selling tickets the week before. The Level Volunteer Fire Company was transformed into a festival venue decked out in the campaign's colors of blue and green, with Glassman's bio video shown on a huge LED screen alongside a stage with 30-foot banners.
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By Deitrich Curry and Deitrich Curry,SUN STAFF | July 27, 2003
As a cloud of dark smoke poured out of the windows of the four-story building, an exhausted Adam Skrodzki, his reddened face matching the color of his hair, paused for a breather. The humid summer weather outside was a relief compared to the 600 degrees it felt like inside the burning building, where he helped haul a 100-pound water hose up and down three flights of stairs while wearing about 80 pounds of fire gear. "This is just a simulation," said fellow Howard County volunteer firefighter Craig Roston, 45. "The real thing is worse."
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By Tyrone Richardson and John-John Williams IV and Tyrone Richardson and John-John Williams IV,sun reporters | October 6, 2006
A former Ellicott City volunteer firefighter has been indicted on arson and other charges in connection with a series of fires over the summer that damaged property but caused no injuries. Joseph Richard Lee Schroen, 20, of Ellicott City, was arrested Sept. 6 in connection with five fires near his home from June through August, including brush fires and the burning of a shed, a bird feeder and a mailbox. His Oct. 4 indictment was made public yesterday. Authorities made the arrest while monitoring Schroen's MySpace online account, which featured a stick figure dousing itself with flammable liquid and setting itself on fire, according to a court document.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2013
A former volunteer firefighter who worked with youth at the Lansdowne fire department pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to producing and possessing child pornography. Anthony Maurice Cottle, 23, of Owings Mills, faces a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison after engaging in sexually activity with two boys and filming the encounters. Authorities recovered more than 600 images of child pornography from Cottle's computer and cell phone, which included images of additional victims, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's office.
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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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