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Photo of Corporal Samuel Snyder, killed in the line-of-duty in 1983.Today, Baltimore County Police Officers are wearing a mourning band on their badges in memory of Corporal Samuel Snyder.

In August 1983, 71-year-old Corporal Samuel Snyder, a 30-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department, responded to the Bel-Loc Diner in the 1700 block of East Joppa Road 21234 to assist other officers with a call for service. While he was at the scene, he was shot by a subject. He died 10 days later as a result of his injuries.

Corporal Samuel Snyder’s name, along with other fallen heroes, is inscribed on a monument at Patriot Plaza in Towson.

Today’s Fallen Heroes Day ceremony honored Captain William Miller and Fireman Carl Dill, two Baltimore County firefighters who died in the line of duty 62 years ago.

On February 7, 1955, in the early hours of the morning, units responded to the Westgate Shopping Center in the 5500 block of Old Edmondson Avenue for a report of a massive fire that was quickly growing. Clouds of smoke rose 150 feet into the air and flames threatened to spread to a nearby nursing home.

Captain Miller and Fireman Dill took a hose into the basement to target the source of the fire. The other hose team with them retreated from the basement to tackle the flames from an exterior position, and shortly after that the roof of the building collapsed.

  

   

  

   

  

  

  

  

  

  

When rescuers fought their way through debris looking for the missing men, they found Fireman Dill on his back, arms outstretched, with Captain Miller lying, face down, across his body. The speculation was that Captain Miller had been trying to carry his companion, who suffered broken bones, to safety.

At the time, Baltimore County Fire Chief Anthony Orban, described Captain Miller as the kind of man who never would leave a partner in trouble, and Fireman Dill as “absolutely fearless.”

The Fallen Heroes Day ceremony is held every year to honor Maryland's law enforcement officers, correctional officers and fire and EMS personnel who have given their lives in service to others.

A memorial service honoring 48 members of the Baltimore County Fire Service who have died over the past year will be held Sunday, September 27.

The ceremony will be held at Towson United Methodist Church, 501 Hampton Lane, Towson, Maryland. It will begin at 6:30 p.m.

This annual memorial ceremony honors career and volunteer firefighters, emergency medical personnel, ladies’ auxiliary members and other fire service members who passed away during the year.

Fire Chief John Hohman is scheduled to attend and participate in laying a wreath to honor the 18 career and 30 volunteer members lost during the past year.

Photo of Baltimore County Fire Memorial Shrine

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017