Update: 4:30 p.m.:

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz — a Democratic candidate for the 2018 gubernatorial contest — died early this morning at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center following a cardiac arrest. He was 60 years old.

Kamenetz was a two-term County Executive, serving since 2010. He was elected to the County Council in 1994 and served four terms.

Kamenetz was at his home in Owings Mills, asleep, when he awoke at about 2 a.m. and complained of feeling ill. Shortly after 2 a.m., this morning, the Baltimore County 911 Center received a 911 call from the County Executive, complaining of tightness in the chest. He said he was calling from the Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Co. at 12020 Greenspring Ave., 21117. The station is located about two miles from the Kamenetz home.

The 911 call awakened two members of the Chestnut Ridge VFC who were sleeping at the station. They went down to the parking lot, where they met Kamenetz and his wife. At this point, Kamenetz was conscious and speaking.

The Chestnut Ridge members took the County Executive into the station to begin an evaluation and basic life support care when his condition quickly deteriorated. He lost consciousness, lost a pulse, and his heart stopped beating. Chestnut Ridge EMTs provided CPR manually and with a Lucas CPR device. They also used an AED to try to restore his heart rhythm.

Chestnut Ridge personnel managed to restore his pulse at one point and administered an IV to prepare him for advanced life support measures to be provided by career EMS personnel en route from Garrison Fire Station. However, his condition again deteriorated. Chestnut Ridge personnel continued CPR and defibrillation. Kamenetz was defibrillated three times prior to the arrival of ALS team from Medic 19.

Upon arrival, Medic 19 from the Garrison Fire Station immediately began advanced life support measures, including administration of cardiac medications and airway management. Kamenetz was transferred to Medic 19; ALS care continued throughout transport to St. Joseph. The medic was in emergency mode, with lights and sirens, the entire way to the hospital.

At St. Joseph, Kamenetz was transferred to the care of the hospital staff. Doctors pronounced him deceased at 3:22 a.m.

Funeral Arrangements

Kamenetz’s funeral will be held 2 p.m. Friday at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7410 Park Heights Ave., in Northwest Baltimore.

A burial will follow the service at Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery, 318 Berrymans Lane, Reisterstown.

Impact on Government

The Baltimore County Charter stipulates that, when the County Executive is unable to fulfill his duties, the Chief Administrative Officer serves as Acting County Executive until the County Council appoints someone to fill out the remainder of his or her term. The replacement must meet the requirements for the office and be of the same party as the County Executive he or she replaces.

The Baltimore County Chief Administrative Officer is Fred Homan.

Original post:

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz -- a Democratic candidate for the 2018 gubernatorial contest -- died early this morning at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center following a cardiac arrest. He was 60 years old.

Kamenetz was at his home in Owings Mills, asleep, when he awoke at about 2 a.m. and complained of feeling ill. He was transported by the Garrison Fire Station's Medic 19 to St. Joseph, where doctors pronounced him deceased at 3:22 a.m.

Additional details will be provided at a briefing at 11 a.m. at the Public Safety Building in Towson.