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Date: Aug 30, 2017

UPDATE: September 1, 12 noon

Two Baltimore County Fire Department members working with a Federal Emergency Management Agency rescue task force are now assigned to the Angleton, Texas area, about 43 miles south of Houston.

Fire Lt. Byron Welker and Fire Apparatus Driver Operator Steve Yealdhall are assisting with Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts as part of FEMA’s Pennsylvania Task Force #1. The task force has been conducting reconnaissance, search and rescue, transport and treatment and data collection.

Three BCoFD and one Health and Human Services personnel deployed  with MD1-DMAT (Disaster Medical Assistance Team) are assigned to various locations in the flood-stricken region. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

“The people in areas devastated by Hurricane Harvey are in for a very long and difficult recovery,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “We are glad that we could provide assistance and will continue to be responsive to requests for support.”

*** Editors: We have received word that personnel assigned to various FEMA task forces generally are not permitted to send photos and video back to their home agencies. If we receive images that have been approved for sharing, we will post to our social media platforms. 

Original release:

Five Baltimore County Fire Department personnel and one Health & Human Services employee are now deployed to flood-ravaged Texas in a variety of assignments.

Two BCoFD members -- Fire Lt. Byron Welker, a rescue specialist; and Fire Apparatus Driver Operator Steve Yealdhall, a hazmat specialist -- currently are in Katy, Texas, just west of Houston. They are assigned to boat operations as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Pennsylvania Task Force #1, a team of specially trained first responders based in Philadelphia.

Welker and Yealdhall are regularly assigned to BCoFD's Texas Fire Station, home of the County's Urban Search and Rescue team.

EMS Lt. Kevin Palmer and EMS Lt. Rick Blubaugh deployed last weekend with the MD1-DMAT (Disaster Medical Assistance Team) to help provide medical care to victims of Hurricane Harvey.  They are awaiting mission specific direction at this time.

DMAT provides medical care during disasters that overwhelm health care infrastructure.

Fire Capt. John Amrhein and Terry Sapp, Coordinator of Public Health Emergency Preparedness for the Department of Health and Human Services and an EMT, deployed yesterday with the MD1-DMAT.  They are engaged in initial briefings and awaiting missions in the region.

When disasters occur, FEMA organizes special task forces across the nation and selectively activates them. It also solicits aid from agencies across the country based on specific needs.

Baltimore County has a long history of providing resources in times of national emergency. Over the years, Baltimore County Fire Department members have responded as members of federal task forces and upon request to disasters including Hurricane Katrina and the 9/11 attacks at Ground Zero in New York.

"Our hearts are with everyone affected by this unimaginable disaster," said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. "We are so grateful to be able to contribute to the recovery effort."

Update (8/30/17 9:30 a.m.)

Public Assists in Identifying Burglar.

On August 22, 2017, Baltimore County Police released surveillance photographs of a suspect connected to several burglaries throughout the Baltimore County area. Media coverage resulted in detectives receiving information leading to the identification of the man. Richard Leroy Pierce, 63, of the 800-block of Seagull Avenue, 21225 has been charged with seven counts of second-degree burglary, five counts of theft between $1,000 to $10,000, two counts of theft under $1,000, and one count of fourth-degree burglary. Pierce is currently being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center. The Police Department would like to thank the media and the public for assisting in the closure of these cases. 


Original Release (8/22/17 9:00 a.m.)

Baltimore County Police are asking for the public's assistance in identifying this well-dressed commercial burglary suspect.

Since June this suspect has burglarized several businesses throughout Baltimore County, mainly within the White Marsh and Cockeysville precincts, including a nursing home, a construction company, medical offices, insurance company offices, and one elementary school. The suspect typically enters the business through an unsecured door and steals laptop computers and other small electronics. In two cases he was caught on surveillance camera dressed in a suit, and wearing work coveralls in another case.

Anyone who recognizes this suspect, or has any information on his crimes, is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020. The Baltimore County Burglary Unit continues to investigate these crimes.

Are you a Maryland Certified Police Officer with two or more years of experience?

Are you looking for a new opportunity?

The Baltimore County Police Department is currently accepting applications for current or retired police officers for the position of lateral entry police officer. Applicants must have a MPCTC (Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions) certification, have been MPCTC certified within the past two (2) years, or retired within the past two (2) years in good standing.

The Baltimore County Police Department is a dynamic organization based on the values of integrity, fairness, and service. Our sworn members patrol over 600 square miles and actively protect a population of 831,200 in Baltimore County, around the clock. Our officers qualify for numerous benefits including medical, dental, and vision benefits, 25-year retirement, and paid leave. Officers also have significant career advancement opportunities. 

To learn more information or to apply for the position of Lateral Entry Police Officer, contact the recruitment office at (410) 887-5542 or go online at

The Baltimore County Police Department is an equal opportunity employer. 

Revised June 27, 2017