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Date: Sep 2018

A career Baltimore County firefighter was critically injured this morning when his motorcycle crashed on his way to work at the Westview Fire Station.

The firefighter, a 26-year-old and seven-year veteran of BCoFD, currently is listed in critical but stable condition at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. 

Emergency responders were dispatched at 6:27 a.m. to the crash at Woodlawn and Linus drives, 21207. The crash involved a collision between the firefighters' motorcycle and another vehicle. The firefighter was transported by ground to Shock Trauma as a Priority 1 patient. No one else was transported.

The firefighter's name is withheld at this time.

Baltimore County’s 29 volunteer, rescue and rehab companies will receive more than $9.7 million in financial support from Baltimore County for FY19.

The county support to the volunteers represents an increase of about $600,000 over last year.

The formal announcement of the County's FY19 contribution to the volunteers was made September 20 at the annual meeting of the Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen's Association, held at Glyndon Volunteer Fire Co.

The $9.7 million includes subsidies and reimbursements for gear, fuel, utilities, repairs, public education and other expenses.

It also includes financial incentives to be paid out over the course of the year to the 21 volunteer companies that provide medic service. This “attended status” program rewards companies that staff medic units during hours of high demand. In 2017, calls for emergency medical service accounted for 101,000 of BCoFD's 138,000 total calls for service.

The volunteer companies are independent corporations that receive the majority of their funding from Baltimore County.

Every day, they work side by side with BCoFD and personnel from its 25 career stations.

New BCVFA Officers

The BCVFA, the umbrella organizationBCVFA officers for 2019 were sworn in on Sept. 20. representing the local volunteer companies, elected new officers at the September 20 meeting.

The new President is John McDowell (Arbutus).

Tom Ludwig (Wise Ave.), is senior vice president; Sue Bollinger (Glyndon), Vice President - Finance; Jeff Wickline (Upperco) Vice President - Operations; Michele Crumbacker (Upperco), Vice President - Administration; Robert Frank (Middle River & White Marsh), Secretary; William Kern (Woodlawn), Treasurer; Donna Kern (Woodlawn), Financial Secretary; Glenn Resnick (Pikesville), Immediate Past President.

UPDATE (September 27, 2018 4 p.m.):

The critically injured pedestrian in a crash on the parking lot of the Social Security Administration has died. He is identified as John E. Misselhorn of the 16000 block of Ramsay Circle in Stewartstown, Pennsylvania and worked at the Social Security Administration building.

Original Release (September 26, 2018 9:22 a.m.):

The Baltimore County Police Crash Investigation Team is investigating a serious crash on the parking lot of the Social Security Administration at 6401 Security Boulevard. Two pedestrians were struck by a vehicle that had just entered the parking lot as they were walking across the lot toward the building. Both pedestrians have been transported to local hospitals, one with a minor injury, the other suffering a life-threatening injury. The driver remained at scene.

More information will be provided when made available.

Revised June 27, 2017