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Flags at Half-Staff Across Maryland to Honor Fallen Firefighter

Firefighter Robert Fogle III, a 27-year member of the Baltimore County Fire Department, died Friday in the line of duty.

Firefighter Robert Fogle III, a 27-year member of the Baltimore County Fire Department, died Friday in the line of duty. Credit: Baltimore County Fire and Rescue Facebook page
Firefighter Robert Fogle III, a 27-year member of the Baltimore County Fire Department, died Friday in the line of duty. Credit: Baltimore County Fire and Rescue Facebook page

Flags across Maryland are flying at half-staff today by order of Gov. Martin O’Malley to honor a fallen Baltimore County firefighter.

The action honors Firefighter Robert Fogle III, a 27-year member of the Baltimore County Fire Department, who died last week in the line of duty.

County officials Fogle, 58, died Friday afternoon while at a training exercise wearing a breathing apparatus, a drill every firefighter does annually. His heart stopped beating and he was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he died, reports The Capital-Gazette.

Fogle was stationed in Pikesville. He is survived by a wife and two adult children, according to the fire department.

A memorial gathering will be held Wednesday at the Pleasant Valley Fire Department in Westminster, the newspaper says. A memorial service will be held there Thursday.

The governor’s order says flags shall continue to be flown at half-staff until sunset Thursday.

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