32nd Fallen Heroes Day honors Firefighter/PM Lieutenant Ulmschneider
LUTHERVILLE-TIMONIUM, Md. (WBFF) -- The 32nd annual Fallen Heroes Day ceremony took place at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens on Friday, May 5.
This year the ceremony honored Firefighter/Paramedic Lieutenant John Ulmschneider of the Prince George's County Fire Department, who died in the line of duty on April 15, 2016, Firefighter/PM Lieutenant Ulmschneider was responding to a "welfare call,” along with another medic, at the home of a man believed to be having a medical emergency. Officials say there was no answer at the door, and when forcible entry was used, the home’s occupant shot at both medics.
Ulmschneider, a 13-year member of the Fire/EMS Department, was fatally wounded.
The Fallen Heroes Day ceremony is held annually, to honor and remember police and correctional officers, firefighters, and emergency medical/rescue personnel who died in the line of duty during the past year. This year's will begin with a procession of more than 25 honor guard units from across the state, police motorcycle and mounted units, bagpipers, and drummers.
FOX45 Evening News Anchor Kai Jackson served as the keynote speaker and memorial addresses were delivered by Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Keiffer J. Mitchell, Jr., Special Advisor, Governor's Legislative Office.
"Our hearts go out to the Ulmschneider family as we remember Firefighter/Paramedic Lieutenant John Ulmschneider and those public servants across the nation who have died in the line of duty," says John O. Mitchell, III, Chairman of Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens. "This year, as always, Fallen Heroes Day provides an opportunity for the citizens of Maryland to take time to show appreciation and respect for the men and women who risk their lives each day when they report to work."