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A Fallen Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department member will be memorialized during The Maryland Fire-Rescue Services Memorial Foundation 12th annual service along with four additional state fire and rescue personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Fire Fighter/Medic Captain Christopher Eugene Hill passed away on July 21, 2016 after a courageous battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer. Hill's passing is considered a Line of Duty Death because his cancer was considered occupational.
In addition to Chris Hill the four other fallen heroes that will be added to the Wall of Honor include:
· Firefighter Charles David “Duffy” Crist,
Fort Detrick Fire and Emergency Services, Feb. 26, 1967
· Robert “Bob” Joseph Traynelis,
St. Michaels Fire Department, Inc., May 31, 2016
· Fire Fighter EMT/Paramedic Jacob A. Howser,
Pocomoke City Emergency Medical Services, March 25, 2017
· Master Fire Fighter Rescuer Charles R. Gentilcore,
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, April 7, 2017
“We remember our fallen each year with heavy hearts,” said Gene Worthington, president of the Foundation. “It is always a sad occasion when we have to add a name to the wall, but it is important that we honor our brothers and sisters who willingly gave of themselves to help others. This wall is a promise that we place their bravery, and their families, in our hearts forever.”
Anne Arundel County Del. Nicholaus R. Kipke, R-District 31B, will serve as the memorial’s keynote speaker. A full fire department honor guard will escort the sea of blue to the ceremony and a Maryland State Police flyover is scheduled.
The Maryland Fire-Rescue Memorial is a commemorative park that includes a sculpture and memorial wall listing the names of more than 400 Maryland heroes.