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.