Rescue services

Maryland Fire-Rescue Services Memorial Foundation to host in-person memorial on June 6 in Annapolis

The Maryland Fire-Rescue Services Memorial Foundation (MFRSMF) announces that the annual memorial honoring the personnel of the Maryland Fire and Rescue Services will be held, in person, in Annapolis on June 6. The 2 p.m. service will honor 10 heroes who died in the line of duty while serving the residents of Maryland.

This year’s ceremony lifts in memory those who would have been recognized at last year’s ceremony had it not been canceled due to the statewide stay-at-home order associated with the pandemic of COVID-19.

The 2020-2021 Combined Memorial Service will recognize the following heroes, starting with the date of their death:

June 2, 1931: Charles Wallace Hambrock, West Annapolis Volunteer Fire and Improvement Company, Anne Arundel County
June 30, 1934: Thomas Chew, United Fire Company, Frederick County
May 1, 1948: Earl Derr, Independent Pipe, Frederick County
June 25, 2019: Michael R. Powers, VFD Libertytown, Frederick County
October 2, 2019: Kim D. Weber, Fallston Vol. Harford County Fire and Ambulance Company
December 29, 2019: Otis L. Isaacs, Jr., Northeast Fire Company, Cecil County
May 31, 2020: Brad A. Scott, Howard County Fire and Rescue Department, Howard County
August 10, 2020: Jeffrey L. Schaffer, Taneytown VFC, Carroll County
January 1, 2021: Bryan P. Hamilton, Washington Naval District Fire Department, Charles County
January 27, 2021: William A. Sheffield, City of Baltimore Fire Department, City of Baltimore

“This year, more than ever, we appreciate the opportunity to come together and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Foundation President Dennis Beard. “It’s especially gratifying to include three heroes from the past in this year’s ceremony and give them the recognition they deserve.”

TRAFFIC ALERT: The memorial service is expected to take several hours and will feature many devices in a “row of honor” on Calvert Street, as well as Bladen Street and Northwest Drive. Visitors to Annapolis should expect delays in the memorial area located at 101 Calvert Street in downtown Annapolis. The service will be broadcast live on Facebook.