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343 firefighters lives lost… attempting to save others’ lives

Thirteen years ago today was the largest loss of firefighters lives in one incident in the United States.  343 firefighters lost their lives attempting to save others’ lives.

A list of the firefighters can be found on Wikipedia. Please go to that list, look through it and say a prayer for the families of these brave people.

There are also hundreds upon hundreds who have succumbed to illnesses since 9/11 for the work they did on scene after the initial collapses.

Never Forget…


House fire

On 7/1/14 at 1612 hours units were alerted for a dwelling fire in company 42’s area. Engine 413 and Squad 414 responded and arrived first to find a 2 story single family with smoke showing. Upon 413 doing their 360 identified it was a basement fire. Crews stretched the hand line in the rear and knocked the fire. Squad 414 assisted in laddering the building, primary searches and opening up. Crews operated for approximately 2 hours before being ready for service.

Pictures courtesy of J Jeffers

Apartment fire in Randallstown

On June 25th at 2345 units from Station 41 were alerted for an apartment fire with reported people trapped in company 46 first due.  Initial units arrived to find a three story middle of the group apartment building with fire through the roof.  Squad 414 responded on the initial assignment they arrived and assumed second due special service responsibilities, conducting primaries and opening up.  Engine 413 was hit for the second alarm assignment and arrived assisting with extinguishment and overhaul. Units were held on scene for three hours before becoming ready for service.

House fire in Garrison

On June 19th, 2014 at 0042 hours Engine 413 was dispatched for a dwelling fire in 19’s area.  Initial companies arrived with fire showing on the second floor with extension into the attic. Crews from E413 arrived as the third engine and took the second hand-line to the second floor.  Crews assisted with extinguishment and helped with extensive overhaul. E413 cleared the scene at 0307 hours.

Blood Drive

Red Cross

Community Blood Drive

Saturday, June 21, 2014

7:30 AM to 1:30 PM

To schedule a time, click here.

Host: Reisterstown United Methodist Church

246 Main Street, Fellowship Hall

To schedule your life-saving donation, please contact:

Reisterstown UMC Kelly Fairhurst (410) 356-8695

Glyndon UMC Lynn Beebe (410) 549-8856

St. Luke’s UMC Sharon McKoy (410) 833-3105

Northminster Presbyterian Robin Reusing (443) 789-9038

New Hope Community Church Louise Hellwig (443) 520-4916

Reisterstown VFD JP Snyder (443) 250-8574

Northwest Baptist Church Bob Taylor (443) 204-6183

If you have questions regarding your eligibility please call 1-866-236-3276

Special thanks to Illiano’s J&P Restaurant in Glyndon for donating lunch for

volunteers and employees and to Dunkin Donuts in Reisterstown for providing donuts!


Several weeks ago Reisterstown unveiled the memorial to the two firefighters who have died in the line of duty from our station. Many were involved in creating this memorial as a reminder to all of us.

Never forget…

Monroe Seitz (EOW: July 26, 1928, fatally burned when a gasoline tank exploded igniting his clothes)

Gene Kirchner (EOW: May 2, 2013)

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Gene’s Unveiling

Today we had a private ceremony at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens for the unveiling of Gene’s head stone.  As part of the Jewish faith, the unveiling is held a year after the funeral.  This marks the next step of the grieving process.  Several of the surrounding companies were represented along with 61 members from RVFC came to support Gene’s family for the unveiling.  After the unveiling everyone came back to our fire station for a meal.  After the meal, Gene’s family members moved Gene’s personal items from his gear rack into the new memorial in our day room.

Gene, we will never forget you….

Transfer into Baltimore City

Reisterstown was requested to transfer an engine into Baltimore City due to a 2 alarm fire they were handling.  E413 transferred to 46 Engine House on Reisterstown road.  From there we ran two calls, one of them for a grill fire and a second one for a medical investigation.  Many thanks to T27 for their hospitality for time we were there.

Pictures courtesy of J Jeffers.

01:09:04 April 24, 2013

At 01:09:04 on April 24, 2013 a fire rescue box with people trapped was dispatched for a house fire in Reisterstown.

Firefighters responded from our station in an attempt to save those trapped.

Unfortunately, we lost one of our own, Gene Kirchner (LODD: May 2, 2013).

Gene was doing his duty… and he will never be forgotten.


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