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Baltimore County Police are confirming an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct at the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company in Precinct 3/Franklin.

The investigation began in mid-January, after Baltimore County Fire Department officials became aware of possible misconduct at the Reisterstown VFC and notified police.

Yesterday, the Baltimore County Fire Department suspended without pay two male fire department employees who are also Reisterstown VFC members. Both were suspended after the execution of a search warrant. One is a Probationary Emergency Medical Technician; the other is an EMT/Firefighter. These are non-supervisory positions.

There are 35 volunteer fire companies in Baltimore County that work with the Fire Department to provide fire suppression and EMS services. These volunteer companies are independent corporations with their own boards of directors and command staffs.

The investigation remains ongoing and is expected to conclude within the next few weeks. No charges have been filed at this time.

Photo of Lt. Angela Hughes, appointed president of i-Women organization.Baltimore County Fire Lieutenant Angela Hughes is the new president of the International Association of Women in Fire and Emergency Services (i-Women).

A 24-year veteran of the Baltimore County Fire Department, Hughes began as a fire service volunteer at age 16. She moved forward in her chosen career, and in 1989 joined the Baltimore City Fire Department as a paramedic. She has worked as a paramedic/firefighter, fire specialist and fire marshal in Baltimore County. She is currently assigned to Parkville Station 10.

i-Women began in 1982. The professional organization is dedicated to providing education, support and advocacy for women in the fire service.

Prior to her appointment as president, Lieutenant Hughes served as the Eastern Division Trustee for i-Women.

UPDATE: (January 29, 1:30 p.m.)

Two patients involved in a two-vehicle crash in which a commercial truck ran into a house in Upperco have been flown to the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center injuries that are serious but probably not life-threatening.

Police and Fire units were dispatched to the 15400 block of Hanover Pike (Md. 30), near the Sportsman's Hall roller rink, at 10:06 a.m. The Arcadia Volunteer Fire Co. was first on the scene and found that a large commercial box truck had crashed into a home that sits close to the road. One man, the driver, was trapped in the truck.

The driver of the second vehicle, a Honda Prelude, also was trapped. At 10:14 a.m., fire officials called for a heavy rescue assignment, and within minutes crews were able to free both men from the vehicles. The truck driver was extricated at 10:27 a.m.; the driver of the car was freed at 10:33 a.m.

The BCoPD Crash Team investigation has begun. The truck was traveling north on Hanover Pike and the car was traveling south on Hanover Pike. The chain of events is unclear at this early stage of the investigation. 

BCoFD hazmat crews removed the fuel from the vehicle to prevent spillage. BCoFD's Urban Search and Rescue Unit was assigned to shore up the seriously damaged house in an effort to prevent a dangerous collapse. County building inspectors will determine whether the home should be declared unsafe.

Route 30 remains closed at this time. Motorists should avoid the area.

Twenty-two pieces of fire equipment, including units from Carroll County, responded to this call.

UPDATE (January 29 11:27 a.m.):

Two people are being flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center by Maryland State Police medivac helicopter. Their current conditions are unknown.

The truck involved is a 16 foot box truck.

Original release (January 29 10:47 a.m.):

At 10:06 a.m., Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to the area of Hanover Pike (Route 30) and Emory Road for a report of a vehicle into a house.

When personnel arrived on the scene, they found that a commercial vehicle had struck a home in the 15400 block of Hanover Pike and two people were trapped. Both persons have since been extricated. The truck went approximately 15 feet into the home which appears to be vacant.

One person is being flown to an area hospital by State Police Medivac Helicopter.

Crash Team and building inspectors are en route to the scene. The Baltimore County Fire Department Urban Search and Rescue Team is responding to shore up the home.

Hanover Pike is shut down in both directions in the area of Emory Road. Motorists are advised to find an alternate route around the area.

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