The Baltimore County Fire Department's annual Commendations Ceremony will be held tomorrow, March 26, 7 p.m., at Loch Raven High School, 1212 Cowpens Ave., Towson. The ceremony honors first responders and civilians who have performed exceptionally over the past 12 months.

Highlights:

  • A Randallstown area boy will receive the Department's highest civilian award, the Citizen's Medal of Honor, for "heroic life-saving efforts, with serious risk of injury, during a May 27, 2018 dwelling fire in the unit block of Charleswood Ct, 21207." The boy, who was 9 at the time of the fire, helped save his grandparents from the fire. He is expected to attend.
     
  • Four BCoFD members will receive the Department's third-highest award for public safey personnel, the Bronze Star.

    Two members of the Texas Fire Station's Urban Search and Rescue Team are honored with the Bronze Star for their work at a July 25, 2018 swiftwater rescue in the Reese area of Carroll County, Maryland, in which they fought a swollen, fast-moving stream to reach a person clinging to a tree.

    Two members will receive the Bronze Star for rescuing an unconscious woman from a December 15, 2018 apartment fire in the unit block of Shipping Place, 21222.
     
  • Departmental Unit Citations will be given to personnel involved on two calls involving crashes that critically injured Fire Department members -- a November 30, 2017 motor vehicle crash at Falls and Stringtown roads, 21152; and a September 29, 2018 motorcycle crash at Woodlawn and Linus drives, 21207.

Three civilians and about 160 public safety personnel will receive awards.

County Executive John Olszewski Jr. and Acting Fire Chief Jennifer L. Aubert-Utz are scheduled to attend.

The Fire Department Commendations Board, comprising career and volunteer personnel, considers nominations for awards based on specific criteria including intelligent decision making, skill, bravery and risk