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Friday, February 19, 2016

Retired PGFD Fire Lieutenant Dies in Vehicle Collision

Media Contact: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
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Retired PGFD Fire Lieutenant Patrick E. Shafer
Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor had the sad task this morning of informing the membership of the sudden passing of Retired Fire Lieutenant Patrick E. Shafer.  Shafer was involved in a motor vehicle collision early this morning that claimed his life.  The crash occurred in the Myersville area of Frederick County near where he resided with his wife and two sons.
Patrick Shafer was hired in March of 2003 and was a member of Career Recruit School 32.  He was promoted to Lieutenant in October 2010 and retired due to a disability in February of 2013.
Andrew Pantelis, President of Prince George's County IAFF Local 1619, said in a written statement, 
"Words cannot express the immense sadness that many of us are feeling because of this tragic event. Brother Shafer was returning home from work this morning when he was involved in a vehicle accident.
For those of you who knew "Pat" he was a genuine person who could find the positive in any situation. Brother Shafer was friend to many and my first preceptor. Patrick was a loving father and husband who spent his days striving to be a positive change in other's lives.
Patrick has left an indelible mark on the lives of those he touched and will deeply missed. Brother Shafer leaves behind his wife Amanda and two sons, Liam and Finn. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."
As funeral details become available they will be posted here.