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Update: 4:30 p.m.:

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz — a Democratic candidate for the 2018 gubernatorial contest — died early this morning at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center following a cardiac arrest. He was 60 years old.

Kamenetz was a two-term County Executive, serving since 2010. He was elected to the County Council in 1994 and served four terms.

Kamenetz was at his home in Owings Mills, asleep, when he awoke at about 2 a.m. and complained of feeling ill. Shortly after 2 a.m., this morning, the Baltimore County 911 Center received a 911 call from the County Executive, complaining of tightness in the chest. He said he was calling from the Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Co. at 12020 Greenspring Ave., 21117. The station is located about two miles from the Kamenetz home.

The 911 call awakened two members of the Chestnut Ridge VFC who were sleeping at the station. They went down to the parking lot, where they met Kamenetz and his wife. At this point, Kamenetz was conscious and speaking.

The Chestnut Ridge members took the County Executive into the station to begin an evaluation and basic life support care when his condition quickly deteriorated. He lost consciousness, lost a pulse, and his heart stopped beating. Chestnut Ridge EMTs provided CPR manually and with a Lucas CPR device. They also used an AED to try to restore his heart rhythm.

Chestnut Ridge personnel managed to restore his pulse at one point and administered an IV to prepare him for advanced life support measures to be provided by career EMS personnel en route from Garrison Fire Station. However, his condition again deteriorated. Chestnut Ridge personnel continued CPR and defibrillation. Kamenetz was defibrillated three times prior to the arrival of ALS team from Medic 19.

Upon arrival, Medic 19 from the Garrison Fire Station immediately began advanced life support measures, including administration of cardiac medications and airway management. Kamenetz was transferred to Medic 19; ALS care continued throughout transport to St. Joseph. The medic was in emergency mode, with lights and sirens, the entire way to the hospital.

At St. Joseph, Kamenetz was transferred to the care of the hospital staff. Doctors pronounced him deceased at 3:22 a.m.

Funeral Arrangements

Kamenetz’s funeral will be held 2 p.m. Friday at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7410 Park Heights Ave., in Northwest Baltimore.

A burial will follow the service at Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery, 318 Berrymans Lane, Reisterstown.

Impact on Government

The Baltimore County Charter stipulates that, when the County Executive is unable to fulfill his duties, the Chief Administrative Officer serves as Acting County Executive until the County Council appoints someone to fill out the remainder of his or her term. The replacement must meet the requirements for the office and be of the same party as the County Executive he or she replaces.

The Baltimore County Chief Administrative Officer is Fred Homan.

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Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz -- a Democratic candidate for the 2018 gubernatorial contest -- died early this morning at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center following a cardiac arrest. He was 60 years old.

Kamenetz was at his home in Owings Mills, asleep, when he awoke at about 2 a.m. and complained of feeling ill. He was transported by the Garrison Fire Station's Medic 19 to St. Joseph, where doctors pronounced him deceased at 3:22 a.m.

Additional details will be provided at a briefing at 11 a.m. at the Public Safety Building in Towson.

A $589,000 federal grant will help Baltimore County fire officials provide education about preventing fires and carbon monoxide-related incidents, especially in neighborhoods at higher risk from these tragedies.

Fire officials, along with County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, are scheduled to kick off the program tomorrow at an 11 a.m. press briefing in Randallstown. The briefing will be held at the home of Theodore and Geraldine Barham, 3900 block of Zurich Rd., 21133; the Barhams are the first family to participate in the program.

A key component of the program is demonstration of smoke/CO alarm installation in homes without properly located alarms. Crews from the Randallstown Fire Station will assist the Barhams with smoke/CO alarm installation as part of tomorrow’s event.

“This grant is going to help us save lives,” Kamenetz said. “Working smoke/CO alarms prevent tragedies, and yet so many families in our communities don’t have them or don’t know how to use them.”

About the Program

Several months ago, BCoFD received the most significant federal fire safety grant in years, a $589,000 award issued under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Fire Prevention and Safety program. Under the terms of the grant, the County contributes 5 percent, or $29,452.

“We know that detectors save lives, but telling people to use them isn’t enough – and we know from experience that installing detectors doesn’t necessarily mean they are working,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “This federal grant will enable local firefighters to make house calls to ensure residents not only have detectors, but that they will work when needed. This is exactly the type of common sense investment in public safety that our constituents expect us to prioritize.”

The grant includes the purchase of smoke/CO alarms for distribution to residents who participate in the educational program and meet the program criteria. The grant also includes smoke and CO alarms for the deaf and hard of hearing and printed educational materials in multiple languages.

“Our goal is to help people take charge of their own home fire and CO safety,” said Fire Chief Kyrle W. Preis III.

Fire crews from every career station have been identifying areas in their districts at risk of fire and CO-related incidents. Beginning April 14, Fire personnel will begin canvassing targeted neighborhoods, providing educational information, evaluating properties for safety recommendations and performing walk-through evaluations for residents who request them. Volunteer stations will be invited to assist with these events.

Specific locations will be announced via our social media platforms prior to the firefighters’ visits.

County Council Chair Julian E. Jones Jr., a veteran fire professional, praised this initiative. “After 32 years in the fire service, I know that prevention and early warning are critical in preventing injury and loss of life, and I enthusiastically support this proactive effort by the County to get modern smoke and CO detectors into homes,” he said.

Requesting a Visit

Residents may request a visit from Fire personnel to review home fire and CO safety prevention. A request form is available at



The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided guidance about how to assist victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The most effective way to help hurricane-stricken victims, FEMA says, is to donate money to trusted voluntary-, faith- and community-based charitable organizations.

This FEMA bulletin shows you how to donate directly to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or to a National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) member organization.

Unsolicited donated goods are not recommended.

“It’s heartbreaking to see people’s homes and lives destroyed by these increasingly catastrophic storms, and this is a good resource to help you find a way to make a meaningful difference,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Information about volunteer opportunities also is provided in the FEMA bulletin.

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