October 12, 2010

Kensington firefighter found dead near train tracks is identified

A man found dead near the train tracks in Kensington on Monday has been identified as Dome "Poon" Poonjumnern, 39, a longtime member of the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department and an emergency dispatcher for Montgomery County. Poonjumnern attained the rank of Master Firefighter, and was a "live-in" volunteer at the department's Station No.18 in Glenmont for the first eight years of his nearly 20-year career, the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department reported in a statement Tuesday. He was recently transferred to Kensington Volunteer Fire Department Station No. 25 in Aspen Hill after working as a dispatcher for the county's 911 center, according to the statement.

"He was a dedicated life member," said Kensington Volunteer Fire Department President Steven Semler.

Montgomery County police say they found the body of a man near the CSX tracks close to Howard Avenue and Fawcett Street around 10 a.m. Monday after receiving a call to check on his welfare. He apparently killed himself. SOURCE: Gazette

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