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Date: Mar 28, 2018

Forty new paramedics and emergency medical technicians have been assigned to fire stations throughout the County following graduation from BCoFD's Fire-Rescue Academy.

Graduation ceremonies for the 110th Recruit Class were held last night at Loch Raven High School.

These new Fire Department members will spend the next two years as Probationary Emergency Medical Technicians (PEMTs) and Paramedics. They will continue their training in the field as they apply the skills learned in the classroom.

The following is a list of the new members and their assignments.


PM Christopher Carroll - Station 2/Pikesville
PM Julia Flickner - Station 12/Middle River
PM Mark Hagley - Station 3/Woodlawn
PM Ashley Johnson - Station 2/Pikesville
PM Darrin Keller Jr. - Station 13/Westview
PM Nicole Lentz - Station 3/Woodlawn
PM Emily McLucas - Station 18/Randallstown
PM Matthew Murphy - Station 15/Eastview
PM Robert Powell - Station 17/Texas
PM Leigha Reader - Station 5/Halethorpe

Probationary Emergency Medical Technicians (PEMT)

PEMT Christopher Amole - Station 1/Towson
PEMT Michael Anderson - Station 13/Westview
PEMT Christopher Baier - Station 5/Halethorpe
PEMT Lucas Berkeridge - Station 5/Halethorpe
PEMT Jordan Campbell - Station 11/Hillendale
PEMT Chantel Charles - Station 3/Woodlawn
PEMT Adam Cioka - Station 12/Middle River
PEMT Lawrence Coonfare - Station 12/Middle River
PEMT Bryan Dunlap - Station 55/Perry Hall
PEMT Holland Georgieff - Station 10/Parkville
PEMT Kenneth Greene Jr. - Station 7/Essex
PEMT Kelly Harkins - Station 18/Randallstown
PEMT Latoiya Hood - Station 54/Chase
PEMT William Keenan - Station 1/Towson
PEMT Nathaniel Krasner - Station 11/Hillendale
PEMT Eric Kuklinski - Station 54/Chase
PEMT Kascien Lancaster - Station 16/Golden Ring
PEMT Brian Lilley - Station 3/Woodlawn
PEMT Janelle McQueen - Station 7/Essex
PEMT Morgan Nally - Station 12/Middle River
PEMT Amanda Perez - Station 7/Essex
PEMT Hanna Poole - Station 15/Eastview
PEMT Misty Renshaw - Station 18/Randallstown
PEMT Jonathan Ross - Station 56/Franklin
PEMT Jason Rowe - Station 8/Fullerton
PEMT Karen Szczesniakowski -- Station 3/Woodlawn
PEMT Emily Taylor - Station 4/Catonsville
PEMT Ronald Taylor III - Station 6/Dundalk
PEMT Deonte' Terry - Station 12/Middle River
PEMT Bobbie Utz - Station 55/Perry Hall


Update, April 3:

A second victim, 97-year-old Sixta Rodriguez Pineiro, has died of injuries sustained in the March 28 fire that also claimed the life of her grandson. Pineiro lived at the home where the fire occurred in the 900 block of Courtney Rd., 21227.

She died April 1 at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

Original release:

A 51-year-old man was killed and his 97-year-old grandmother critically injured in a house fire just after midnight in the 900 block of Courtney Rd., 21227. Two other adult familiy members suffered non life-threatening injuries.

Michael Wayne Johnson, who lived at the home where the fire occurred, was trapped on the second floor and pronounced dead at the scene.

BCoFD crews were dispatched to a report of a dwelling fire with people trapped at 12:10 a.m. The first arriving engine company from the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Dept.  was on scene within six minutes and found heavy fire conditions throughout the two-story, single-family home.  Three members of the extended family (Johnson, his mother and the 97-year-old grandmother) were at home when the fire started; a fourth, Johnson's sister, arrived home just before emergency responders arrived at the scene.

A Baltimore County Police officer from the Wilkens precinct and a Maryland State Police trooper --among the first on the scene -- assisted with the rescue of the grandmother. Johnson's sister had just arrived home when she saw the house on fire, with flames at the front door. After trying to alert her brother, she ran to her grandmother's exterior bedroom window and tried to reach her through the window. The BCoPD officer and MSP trooper immediately helped her with the rescue by pulling the older woman through the exterior bedroom window. CPR was administered, and the woman was taken to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in critical condition. 

The mother and sister were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. 

The home suffered extensive damage. Fire investigators from Baltimore County Police are investigating the cause; a preliminary cause has not been determined at this time. Investigators say there is no evidence so far to suggest a crime. 

Fire commanders placed the fire under control at 2:21 a.m.

Twenty-seven Fire and EMS units responded to this scene.


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