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Friday, May 9, 2014

Firefighters Death Impacts Two Departments

Garrett A. Greene

Thursday, May 8, proved to be a sad day for the fire service in Prince George’s and Montgomery County.  An early afternoon crash on Central Avenue claimed the life of Garrett A. Greene.  This loss of life left two fire chiefs the sad responsibility of notifying their respective departments of the tragic, off-duty, loss of life of a popular and energetic young man.

The Kentland Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George's County, MD, lost a volunteer member and the Montgomery County MD Fire and Rescue Services lost a career firefighter.

Tony Kelleher, Fire Chief of the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department wrote;

I am sending you this email to regretfully inform you of the death of active Volunteer Firefighter Garrett A. Greene of the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., Company 46. He was fatally injured today when involved in a motorcycle collision on Central Avenue at Staton Drive. It should be noted that Firefighter Greene was also an active Career Firefighter with the Montgomery County Department of Fire and Rescue. I would like to personally thank the members of the department that responded to the incident and made swift notification to include Battalion Chief 881 (James Reilly) and Executive Officer Assistant Chief Paul Gomez. The Kentland VFD, Inc. will forward your office information as it becomes available.

Tony Kelleher
Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.
Companies 33 and 46
 Southern Division Chief

Steven E. Lohr, Fire Chief, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services, notified his membership by writing;

I am saddened to announce the sudden death earlier today of FFII Garrett Greene who was unexpectedly and tragically killed in a motor vehicle collision.

I have confirmed that family members and significant others have been notified. It is the family's desire that I announce this to the MCFRS.

As I am writing this email, MCFRS personnel are engaged with family and friends to determine needs as we each struggle with this untimely loss.

On behalf of the entire MCFRS, I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to family, friends and coworkers. Please keep the Greene family in your thoughts and prayers as they work through their personal loss.

A family liaison will be announced under separate cover as more details become available.


Steven E. Lohr
Fire Chief
Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service
100 Edison Park Drive, 2nd Floor
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

The sudden loss of a young life is tragic and impacts many people.  The loss is borne by family, friends and co-workers at many levels and emotionally handled in many different ways. This sad occasion gives cause to think and pray for Garrett, his family, loved ones, close friends and co-workers and the two fire departments full of extended family.

On behalf of the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department we offer our sincerest condolences for the loss of Garrett A. Greene.

Mark E. Brady
Public Information Officer
Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department

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