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Date: May 5, 2017

Today’s Fallen Heroes Day ceremony honored Captain William Miller and Fireman Carl Dill, two Baltimore County firefighters who died in the line of duty 62 years ago.

On February 7, 1955, in the early hours of the morning, units responded to the Westgate Shopping Center in the 5500 block of Old Edmondson Avenue for a report of a massive fire that was quickly growing. Clouds of smoke rose 150 feet into the air and flames threatened to spread to a nearby nursing home.

Captain Miller and Fireman Dill took a hose into the basement to target the source of the fire. The other hose team with them retreated from the basement to tackle the flames from an exterior position, and shortly after that the roof of the building collapsed.

  

   

  

   

  

  

  

  

  

  

When rescuers fought their way through debris looking for the missing men, they found Fireman Dill on his back, arms outstretched, with Captain Miller lying, face down, across his body. The speculation was that Captain Miller had been trying to carry his companion, who suffered broken bones, to safety.

At the time, Baltimore County Fire Chief Anthony Orban, described Captain Miller as the kind of man who never would leave a partner in trouble, and Fireman Dill as “absolutely fearless.”

The Fallen Heroes Day ceremony is held every year to honor Maryland's law enforcement officers, correctional officers and fire and EMS personnel who have given their lives in service to others.

Baltimore County Police are asking for additional victims of a specific type of “date” robbery to come forward after two suspects are charged, with additional suspects still outstanding.

Matthew Austin Bauer (21) of the 1900 block of Denbury Drive, 21222 and Paul William James Keve (18) of the 1700 block of Searles Road, 21222 are charged with Armed Robbery, Robbery, 2nd Degree Assault, and Misdemeanor Theft after they robbed a man (24) they scheduled a meeting with on a cell phone based dating application called “Jack’d” on March 31. When the victim responded to a designated location in the 7500 block of Westfield Road in Dundalk he was surrounded by Bauer and Keve, who threatened him with a knife and stole his cash and cell phone.

In an earlier case on March 2, another man (22) was robbed and beaten when he set up a meeting with someone called “Josh” on a similar type of cell phone based dating application called “Grindr.” When the victim responded to the designated meeting place in the 1600 block of Four Georges Court in Dundalk, he was approached by a black male suspect wearing all dark clothing and a ski mask who demanded his money and cell phone. When the victim attempted to flee he was surrounded by two other black male suspects who began beating him. The three suspects fled with the victim’s cash and phone. Keve has been identified as one of these suspects and is also charged in this case.

Anyone with information on either of these incidents, a similar type incident, or anyone who may have been victimized under similar circumstances by either Bauer or Keve is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020.

Anyone with information on this case can also submit a tip to Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP. For more information on other ways to contact Metro Crime Stoppers, as well as information on rewards offered by or through them, check their website at www.metrocrimestoppers.org. Metro Crime Stoppers, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards for information in connection with felony offenses. Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, text message, or online.

These cases continue to be investigated by Detectives of the Dundalk precinct Investigative Services Team.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017