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The Baltimore County Fire Department Wednesday recognized 79 Fire and EMS personnel at a promotional ceremony in Randallstown. The ceremony was held at the Randallstown Community Center, 3505 Resource Drive 21133.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Fire Chief John J. Hohman presided over the ceremony.

Julie Ensor, Clerk of the Court, administered the Oath of Office, while Chaplain Hugh H. Mills delivered the Invocation and Benediction.

The following personnel were promoted:

Division Chief
Jennifer Aubert-Utz
Francis DiPaula Jr.
Kenneth Hughes
Paul Lurz
Charles Rogers

Battalion Chief
Blaine Kurrle
Lawrence Majchrzak
Charles Tudor III

Fire Director
Jay Ringgold
Richard Schenning
Bruce Schultz

EMS Captain
Angela Taury

Fire Captain
Craig Bidinger
Timothy Hannan
Angela Hughes
Marcus Johnson
Robert Kemp
Gerald Krause Jr.
Michael Miller
Christopher Rossi
Benjamin Schuler
Kelvin Seigle
Brian Stark

EMS Lieutenant
Janice Adelhardt
W. Gentry Fitzpatrick
Robert Freund

Fire Lieutenant
Twana Allen
David Badders
Katherine Coleman
Shane Davies
Jason Freund
Brian Hollenbach
Keith Klunk
Joshua Levin
Brandon Lookingland
Jeffrey Lowe
Ronald Mintz
Steven Redmer
Stephen Stelmack
Richard Williams

Kelsey Adams
Matthew Clancy
Michael Frey
Charnell Holloway
Holly Ludwig
April Owens
Brandon Thomas

Fire Apparatus Driver Operator (FADO)
Kevin Bollinger
Marnon Bowles Jr.
Michael Bruzdzinski Jr.
John Cooke
Quan Griffin
Shane Hubbe
Joseph Kelly III
Shawn Magaro
Patrick O’Doherty
Timothy Pace
Daniel Preis
Nicholas Sayler
Bryan Schulz
Jacob Stuart
Joshua Young

Fire Specialist
Schannel Carr
Jere Christian
Blake Curry
James Fulton Jr.
Clayton Iler
Teisha Jackson
Tracey Johnson
Henry Lasek
Steven Lee
Edward O’Connor Jr.
Renee Smith
Jason Terry
Nicholas Tyson
Charles Watson
Gregory Watson
Paul Willhite III
Jason Yates

Baltimore County firefighters remind residents to check the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday, November 1.

Firefighters across the nation suggest that residents check alarm batteries twice a year – in the spring and fall, at the same time we reset our clocks. This year, we "fall back" to Daylight Saving Time at 2 a.m., Sunday, November 1.

Smoke alarms are the single most important means of preventing house and apartment fire death. They provide an early warning signal if there is a fire so you can escape. Most hardware and home supply stores carry them.

Deadly Odorless Gas

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly odorless, invisible gas produced by fuel-burning appliances. High levels of CO can kill within hours. CO detectors sound an alarm when levels of the gas rise so you can get out of the house, call 911 and discover the source of the problem – before someone becomes ill. Every home should be equipped with CO detectors.

For detailed information, see the Baltimore County Fire Department's fact sheets on their web site under Fire and Life Safety.

Photo of Fire Lieutenant Twana Allen, first African American female fire lieutenant. The Baltimore County Fire Department (BCoFD) has promoted its first female African American to the rank of Fire Lieutenant.

Fire Lieutenant Twana Allen is a 14-year veteran of the Baltimore County Fire Department.

A New Jersey native, Fire Lieutenant Allen began her journey as a volunteer at the Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Company. In 2001, she began her professional career as an EMT at Station 18, Randallstown. In 2002, she was promoted to paramedic; in 2009, she became a Fire Specialist.

Twenty percent of Baltimore County Fire Department's sworn members are women - well above the national average.

Since 2011, the Kamenetz Administration and Fire Chief John Hohman have made diversification of fire and EMS personnel a priority. Women make up 20 percent of career personnel in the department, and minorities make up 20 percent. As of October 2015, there are 990 career personnel, with 195 women serving on the career side of the Baltimore County Fire Department.

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