October 11, 2010

Kensington fireman commits suicide on train tracks

A man found dead near the train tracks in Kensington this morning has been identified as a lifetime member of the Kensington fire department and an emergency dispatcher for Montgomery County. 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. today after receiving a call to check on his welfare. He apparently killed himself.

Police spokeswoman Angela Cruz said her department will not release details of what occurred but stated his death was not caused by a train. Second District Police Commander Russ Hamill, whose officers are assigned to the Kensington area, said it appears the man died within the past 12 to 15 hours. Kensington Volunteer Fire Department President Steven Semler said the man was a 19-year member of his department and worked as a dispatcher and firefighter for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service.

"He was a dedicated life member," he said.

The man's name has not been released due to the nature of his death, police said. The body has been turned over the Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death. SOURCE: Gazette

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