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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.

UPDATE (March 22, 2017  11:20 a.m.):

Thanks to the public assistance in locating this witness valuable information was obtained, leading detectives to identify an 11-year-old boy as the suspect.

The boy is charged with Attempted 1st Degree Arson, 1st Degree Malicious Burning, Reckless Endangerment,  and 2nd Degree Malicious Burning after setting multiple fires in the Arbutus Wal-Mart, causing a store-wide evacuation. One Wal-Mart employee was transported to a local hospital for treatment of minor smoke inhalation. Wal-Mart estimates a loss of $10,000 in destroyed property from the fires, including perishable food items that were discarded due to the smoke from the fires.

Original Release (March 21, 2017  4:03 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a witness who may have information on an unknown suspect who set multiple small fires inside an Arbutus Wal-Mart this morning.

Fire and police personnel responded to the Wal-Mart at 3601 Washington Boulevard at 11:08 a.m. after the business was evacuated when multiple small fires were set in different areas of the building. The fires were extinguished by employees. One person was transported to an area hospital for smoke inhalation.

Police believe the woman depicted below, wearing a white sweatshirt with “Vermont” printed on the front, may have unwittingly been witness to a portion of the events and have valuable information. She was seen leaving in what is believed to be an older model Chevrolet Malibu with an unknown Maryland tag.

Anyone with information on the identity of this witness or possible suspect information is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020.

This incident continues to be investigated by the Baltimore County Police Fire Investigation Division.

 A two-alarm fire that began just before midnight last night heavily damaged the Jeppi Nut & Candy Company in Lutherville.

Baltimore County fire crews were dispatched at 11:58 p.m. Tuesday to the unit block of W. Aylesbury Rd., 21093, where firefighters reported smoke showing from the one-story warehouse. The fire escalated to two alarms and caused heavy damage to the Jeppi building.

Adjacent structures suffered water damage.

No one was inside the building at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported.

Baltimore County Police fire investigators have not determined a cause at this time. The fire remains under investigation.

 
 
Revised September 27, 2016