Fire Department Funeral Services will be held on Sunday May 5th at 1 PM at the Har Sinai Congregation (http://www.harsinai-md.org/index.php) 2905 Walnut Avenue, Owings Mills, MD 21117
School will be in session until noon at the synagogue so plan on that, and expect to be stadium parked if you park at the synagogue.
Any company that is bringing Fire Department Apparatus is being asked to contact Dan Uddeme at firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-353-9326 or Larry Goldberg at email@example.com or 410-227-4164. It is preferred that companies bring utility trucks and special units over large apparatus due to parking constraints.
All Fire Department apparatus is being asked to stage at the Army Reserve Center next to Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company at 12020 Greenspring Avenue, Owings Mills, MD 21117. We will proceed up to the synagogue before the funeral starts. Also large apparatus will be needed to stage at various intersections along the Funeral procession route and again Dan Uddeme will be the contact.
The talkgroup for the day will be EVENT4 which is W4 if you have had your radio programmed, and I am not sure if you have not.
Immediately following the service Gene will be layed to rest at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 East Padonia Road, Timonium, MD 21093. Please keep in mind that large apparatus, with the exception of Reisterstown, will not be able to park within the Gardens.
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.
Last night Reisterstown and surrounding fire companies were alerted to a house fire in Reisterstown just before 1am. Engine 413 and Squad 414 responded and was shortly followed by Special Unit 418 with another 4 members. Engine 413 arrived with nothing showing. The crew was notified the fire was in the alpha-bravo corner bedroom on the second floor so pulled a handline in the front door. Two from Squad 414’s crew put a 14′ ladder to the small roof to check for fire and to vent. The crew inside hit the fire in the bedroom and the window was simultaneously taken out. Flames rolled out the window while the fire was being knocked by the inside crew. The fire was knocked and crews checked for extension. The fire damage was contained to just the one room. Crews were back in service after approximately 90 minutes.
Truck 18 from the Randallstown Fire Station came to Reisterstown for rescue training this morning. Training covered the Rescue Jack struts carried on the county ladder trucks. Truck 18 also got to train on our Holmatro Rescue tool system.
Just after 9:30 PM on Friday night, we were alerted for a motor vehicle rescue on Byerly Rd. in Boring. Rescue Squad 414, Special Unit 418, and units from Boring, Arcadia, and Glyndon responded. First arriving units found a convertible overturned in a field. One patient was extricated and transported to the Hospital.