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Photo of fallen hero Officer Robert Zimmerman, killed in the line of duty in 1986. Baltimore County Police Officers are wearing mourning bands on their badges today in memory of a fallen hero.

On November 5, 1986, Officer Robert Zimmerman stopped on Edmondson Avenue to conduct a business check. As he was crossing the street, he was struck by two vehicles and critically injured. He was transported to Shock Trauma where he died nine days later from his injuries.

The 46-year-old officer had been with the Baltimore County Police Department for 18 years and was assigned to the Western Traffic Unit.

During his career, he received five departmental citations and had once been named Officer of the Year by the Catonsville Optimist Club.

A 67-year-old man died this afternoon of injuries sustained in a house fire in Middle River.

The victim is Forest Richard Brady of the unit block of Contact Ct., 21220. He lived in the home where the fire occurred.

BCoFD units were dispatched at 12:16 p.m. to the Contact Court address for a dwelling fire with rescue. First- arriving crews found heavy fire and smoke showing from a single-story home.

During a search of the home, firefighters located the victim in the living room -- the room BCoPD fire investigators have identified as the place where the fire started. No one else was in the home at the time of the fire.

Firefighters removed the victim from the home and transferred him to EMS providers. EMS personnel pronounced him deceased at the scene.

The fire was called under control at 12:56 p.m. Firefighters did not find working smoke alarms in the home.

The cause remains under investigation.

It is with a heavy heart that the Baltimore County Police Department announces the passing of an active duty member of our department and K9 Unit, K9 Axe #3256. Axe passed away last night from a sudden illness.

Axe has been a member of the department and a family member of his handler since April of 2014. He specialized in explosives and firearm detection and in July passed his National Odor Recognition Testing (NORT). Axe will be missed by his family and coworkers alike, remembered as an asset to our department, a cuddle buddy to his family, and an avid dock diver. We thank you for your service, Axe.

Appointment Date: 4-1-2014, EOW: 11-6-2019

Revised June 27, 2017