On July 20th 2014 at 1515 hours units were alerted for a dwelling fire in the area of Preserve way. Engine 412 and Rescue Squad 414 responded promptly with staffed 9 volunteers. Initial crews arrived to find fire through the roof command then sounded the working fire. Engine 412 was the third arriving engine and the crew stretched the second handline to the rear. Rescue Squad 414 arrived and assumed first due special service functions opening up for interior crews and conducting searches. All units from Company 41 were held for 3 hours for extensive overhaul before becoming ready for service.
At 1830 hours we were alerted for a motor vehicle accident at Main St. and Walgrove Ave. Upon arrival, Squad 414 found a vehicle into an assisted living residence with a gas leak. The incident was immediately upgraded to a full first alarm with additional medic units. Several people were transported to local hospitals. The remaining residents of the assisted living were relocated to another facility. We were assisted by units from Glyndon VFD, Engine 56 Owings Mills VFD, Engine 19, Liberty Rd VFD and Arcadia VFD.
Each year we must test the pump on our Engines. Baltimore Co. Fire Department has a pump testing tank set up in Jacksonville. Both pumpers have passed their annual test. Next test is the annual hose test.
“This town having been visited by three disastrous fires within a year, the first at A.H. Uhler destroying his barn and other out buildings on May 11, 1912, putting the whole upper end of the town in jeopardy, one on March 22, 1913 destroying a fine residence belonging to Messrs. Heise and Currie with other out buildings. . . . It was deemed advisable by the citizens of this community to organize a Volunteer Fire Company, and for this purpose a mass meeting was held in Landstreet Hall on May 9, 1913 presided over by Prof. H.H. Murphy at which time it was decided to hold a picnic and supper in order to raise funds to start said Fire Company. At this meeting a committee of the following ladies Mrs. S.S. Yingling, Mrs. Jas. Gore and Mrs. J.M. Currie were appointed to take the charge of and conduct the picnic and supper which was held May 30, 1913 in the grove on Chatsworth Ave. and which proved a grand social and financial success, there was raised the sum of $412.29 which is now held by the treas. H.H. Russell deposited in the Reisterstown Savings Bank subject to the order of the community. There were elected that day the following temporary officers, S.S. Yingling President H.H. Russell Treasurer and W.I. Stevenson Secretary who’s duty it was to co-operate with the ladies in the settlement of the affairs of the picnic and as soon there after as possible to call a public meeting for the purpose of announcing the financial result of the picnic also organize a Volunteer Fire Company and elect permanent officer for the same, and here we are now assembled to attend to these duties.
Proved and read W.I. Stevenson Secretary”
June 11, 1913
It is with deep sorrow and regret that the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company announces the line of duty passing of Firefighter Gene Kirchner.Gene succumbed to his injures after an 8 day fight.He sustained critical injuries while he was performing a search on a dwelling fire April 24, 2013.Gene is a 9 year member of our company and was a junior fire fighter for 2 years. A full fire department funeral will be scheduled.More details will follow.
Date of Funeral: Sunday, May 5, 2013
Time of Funeral: 1 pm
Gene remains in critical condition and will be transferred to a long term care facility the first part of next week. The staff and Gene’s family will develop a care plan at that time. The family and members of Reisterstown thank everyone for their support and ask for your continued prayers during these difficult times.
The past 2 days have been an emotional roller coaster ride for Gene’s Family and our membership. Gene has made some progress in his recovery, but still remains in critical condition. Please continue to keep him and his family in your prayers. We have been amazed by the amount of support that has been offered by our community and the fire service brotherhood. We appreciate everyone’s continued support through these tough times.
Just after 1 am this morning, Reisterstown units responded on a dwelling fire on Hanover Pike. A mayday was declared just after crews entered the dwelling. Fire Fighter Gene Kirchner was removed from the dwelling a short time later. He was transported to the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. He is currently in critical but stable condition. Please keep Gene and his family in your prayers. We would also like to thank everyone for the tremendous amount of support that has been offered.