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Monday, June 5, 2017

Maryland Fire-Rescue Services Memorial Honors PGFD Chris Hill

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
MEBrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO

PGFD Fallen Hero
Fire Fighter/Medic Captain
Christoper E. Hill 
A Fallen Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department member was 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 added to the Wall of Honor included:

·         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.”

The service was held on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at 2 p.m. at the Maryland Emergency Services Memorial Park, 101 Calvert St. in Annapolis.   Maryland Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford spoke at the event and addressed the families of the fallen and the hundreds of others that came to pay homage and respect for their fallen comrades.   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. 

Learn about the Fire-Rescue Services Memorial Foundation at www.mdfirerescuehero.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MDFIRERESCUEHERO.

Images from Sunday’s event:

Prince George's County Fire Chief Ben M. Barksdale escorts Jen Hill while Fire Fighter/Medic Captain Stephanie Buffum accompanies Amy and Evan into Memorial Service.

Fire Chief Barksdale with Abigail Ulmschneider

Assistant Fire Chief Alan Doubleday with Abigail Ulmschneider