The Baltimore County Fire Department's annual Commendations Ceremony will be held tonight, 7 p.m., at Loch Raven High School, 1212 Cowpens Ave., Towson. The ceremony honors first responders and civilians who have performed exceptionally over the past 12 months.
The night's highest award will be the Citizen's Medal of Honor. There are three recipients tonight; two are children.
- An 11-year-old who fell into a well, along with another boy, and used courage and ingenuity to get out as quickly as possible and bring help.
- A 9-year-old girl who saved her little sister from drowning at a White Marsh pool.
- A man who saw his co-worker electrocuted at a MARC train station location, pulled him from danger, burning his hands.
The highest award given tonight for Fire personnel is the Bronze Star. Two recipients will receive that award.
- An EMT who was on his way home when he came along a crash on I-695 involving a mother and two small children. He helped save them from a dangerous situation.
- A Fire Lieutenant who rescued two children from an apartment fire.
Many others will be recognized with awards. Numerous citizens, including a County housing inspector, will receive recognition for performing life-saving CPR.
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Fire Chief John Hohman will attend.
The Fire Department Commendations Board, comprised of career and volunteer personnel, considers nominations for awards based on specific criteria including intelligent decision making, skill, bravery and risk.