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An "After the Fire Walk" will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. today at 4 Tricount Court in Owings Mills. This was the site of a two-alarm apartment fire that occurred on Tuesday morning, leaving one person deceased, one transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center in critical condition and two additional people injured.

Firefighters from the Garrison and Franklin career stations and the Owings Mills and Reisterstown volunteer companies will meet with residents of the apartment complex to reinforce fire safety issues, discuss the circumstances of the fire and provide fire safety materials.

Division Chief Michael Robinson will be available to answer questions about this fire and fire safety.

On December 3, the Fire Department’s annual Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest ceremony was held at Loch Raven High School. The ceremony recognized public and private school third-graders who designed posters that focused on home fire detection and illustrated the theme, “Smoke Alarms Save Lives – Test Yours Every Month.”

The winners:

  • First place: Christina Schaeffer from Catonsville Elementary won $100, plus other prizes
  • Second place: Avery DeBorde from Jacksonville Elementary won $50
  • Third place: Hannah Harris from Sparks Elementary won $50
  • Fourth place: Rebecca Liao from Jacksonville Elementary won $35
  • Fifth place: Mia Cucuzzella from Cromwell Valley Elementary won $35
  • Honorable Mention: 37 winners received $25 each

The awards were presented by Fire Chief John Hohman; Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent S. Dallas Dance; Michael Day Sr., President of the Baltimore County Professional Fire Fighters Association, Local 1311; and Rick Eyre, Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen’s Association.

The Baltimore County Professional Fire Fighters Association, Local 1311 and the Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen’s Association provided the monetary awards.

Participants in this year’s poster contest included 60 third grade students from 20 schools.

The Baltimore County Fire Department will honor a fallen firefighter and first responders and civilians who  have performed exceptionally at  its annual Promotional  and Commendations Ceremony, scheduled  tomorrow, March 11, at  Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium.

The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m.

Besides awarding deserving first  responders and civilians,  this evening also will recognize 55 Fire Department members who have been promoted during the past year and 31 graduates of the 102nd Recruit Class of Probationary Firefighters. Graduation ceremonies for the 102nd class originally planned last January were postponed due to inclement weather.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Fire Chief John Hohman are scheduled to speak.

Highlights of the awards portion of the program:

  • Recognition  of Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Co. Firefighter Gene Kirchner, who died of injuries suffered while trying to rescue a person trapped in an April  24, 2013 Reisterstown house fire.  Kirchner, 25, last spring was posthumously  presented the Medal of Honor -- the Fire Department's highest honor -- and the Purple Heart.
  • A Baltimore County police officer from the North Point Precinct will receive the Fire Department’s third highest award, the Bronze Star, for rescuing a man from a building fire in Dundalk.
  • Several citizens will receive awards. These include two women in Garrison who saved a person from choking; a boy in Eastview who called 911 and helped save his mother; a man in Rosedale who evacuated a warehouse following a train crash and explosion; a Parkville lifeguard who saved an infant by performing CPR; a woman in Perry Hall who saved the life of her neighbor by performing CPR; and a Parkton man who saved a man in cardiac arrest by performing CPR.
  • Crews from Dundalk, Eastview, Wise Avenue, Edgemere and North Point Edgemere will be recognized for rescuing 14 residents trapped in an apartment fire.
  • Crews from Golden Ring and Eastview that were the first on the scene of a train derailment and explosion in Rosedale will be honored.
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