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Date: Jun 16, 2015

A shooting in Parkville last night has left a man deceased.

At 6:31 p.m., Baltimore County Police responded to the 1000 block of Pleasant Oaks Road 21234 for a report of a subject lying next to a building. When officers arrived on the scene, they found an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to the Sinai Trauma Center where he was declared deceased.

Investigators believe that the victim, 29-year-old Bruce Wayne of the 1000 block of Pleasant Oaks Road 21234, was targeted and there is no danger to the community. Further details about the investigation are not available at this time.

This incident is under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Callers to Metro Crime Stoppers

If your tip to the Metro Crime Stoppers hotline leads to the arrest and/or indictment of a suspect, for a felony crime, you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 from Metro Crime Stoppers.

If you have information on the above crime/suspect please call, text, or e-mail: Metro Crime Stoppers hotline available 24-hours a day toll free.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text message: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

New Zealand Firefighters visit the BCoFD for insight on diversity.Two firefighters from New Zealand visited the Baltimore County Fire Department last week to learn from our success in diversifying the work force.

The Baltimore County Fire Department is known for diversity here in Maryland and across the country. Under County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s leadership, recruits hired since 2011 have been 25 percent female and 37 percent minority.

On June 9, New Zealand Fire Service (NZFS) Senior Station Officer and NZFS recruiter David Utumapu and his wife, New Zealand Fire Service (NZFS) Senior Firefighter Rachael Utumapu, came to Towson to find out how the “NZFS can best maximise the potential of its minority group members” career and volunteer. They received a scholarship to travel and discuss diversity with fire departments outside of New Zealand.

In the NZFS, the Utumapus are considered minorities – David because he is New Zealand Samoan and Rachael because she is a woman. David came into the fire service in 1989 at the New Plymouth fire station, and Rachael started in the fire service in 2003. She was the first female firefighter at the New Plymouth station. Both faced bias, discrimination and negative attitudes at the station. Not content to let this become the norm, David saw the need for a change in the firefighting culture. Things improved, but, they said, more education was needed within the department.

David and Rachael met with BCoFD Chief John Hohman, Assistant Chiefs Kyrle Preis and Mark Hubbard, Training Fire Director Jennifer Aubert-Utz, and Chief of Staff Jennifer Werry Stewart. They met with Recruitment Manager Lieutenant Jay Ringgold; Fire Captain Angie Hughes, current President of iWomen (a national organization for women in the fire service); and EMT Yuana Spears, President of the BCoFD Women in the Fire Service (the local chapter of iWomen). Each of these department members shared a unique view of how the BCoFD works to expand our diversity.

The two firefighters from the NZFS said they left with new ideas to make their department richer and more diverse.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017