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Starting today, the Fire Department will expand EMS service at four stations where demand for emergency medical calls is especially high.

Four Advanced Life Support medic units (ambulances) added last September to enhance service during peak evening hours now will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Friday. The four medics are located at the Woodlawn, Pikesville, Golden Ring and Middle River fire stations.

EMS calls account for the overwhelming majority of Fire Department responses. In 2014, BCoFD responded to 91,521 EMS incidents, out of 126,686 total incidents.

"Every Baltimore County citizen deserves to know that trained EMTs and paramedics will be there to help when he or she needs it," said Fire Chief John Hohman. "The demand for EMS service continues to grow, and we recognize the need to grow with it."

A 55-year-old man was found dead this morning of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning at a home in Precinct 2/Woodlawn.

The victim is Broca Celaya Gerardo of the 3900 block of Parkview Ave., 21207. He was a construction worker who stayed late to work in a home being renovated in the 7300 block of Windsor Mill Rd.

Fire and Police personnel responded to the address at about 9 a.m.. Firefighters' gas meters went off as soon as they entered the house, indicating lethal levels of deadly carbon monoxide gas. The highest levels, 482 parts per million, were recorded on the second story of the two-story, single-family dwelling. In the basement, where the victim was found deceased, firefighters found CO levels at 352 ppm.

Carbon monoxide alarms are programmed to sound an alert when CO levels reach 10 to 15 ppm. CO is colorless and odorless, and there is no safe level.

The death was accidental.

No one besides Gerardo was in the home, which was under extensive renovation. The rest of the construction crew left the site at 6 p.m. Tuesday, but Gerardo stayed to work longer. This morning, the crew returned and found Gerardo unresponsive in the basement.

Fire and police suspect that a gas-powered generator may have been the source of the deadly CO.

There were no carbon monoxide detectors in the home, perhaps because it was still under renovation.

UPDATE (December 30, 2015  11:16 a.m.):

Ebony Johnson has been located unharmed in Baltimore City. The Baltimore County Police Department thanks everyone who shared her information.

UPDATE (December 29, 2015  9:17 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police are still searching for 27-year-old Ebony Johnson from Woodlawn.

The search for Ebony Johnson is being led by the Baltimore County Police Missing Persons Unit.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on her to call police at 410-307-2020.

Submit tips on-line at :

Email tips to :

Original release (December 22, 2015  11:24 a.m.):

The Baltimore County Police Department is seeking the public's help in locating a missing woman from the Woodlawn area.

Ebony Johnson was last seen on November 15, 2015 wearing a pink jacket and loafers. She is 27 years old, 5'4" and 120 pounds.

If you have any information about the whereabouts of Ebony Johnson, please contact the Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020.

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