For area firefighters and 9/11 burn victims, Edgewater doctor who died in I-97 crash was 'beloved'

When Marion Jordan died in a fatal crash in Glen Burnie on Friday, area firefighters lost a man who supported them “when they have a bad day at work.”

For years, the Edgewater doctor treated burn victims at MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s Burn Center, where he started in 1978, according to the DC Firefighters Burn Foundation. He treated 9/11 survivors who were injured in the attack on the Pentagon.

Jordan, 74, died in a car crash on Interstate 97. He and another man were struck by a vehicle after a more minor accident on I-97.

Burn foundation president Jason Woods said the emergency responders community suffered a tough loss.

“His name is, like, pick any celebrity,” Woods said.

Dr. Jeffrey Shupp, the new director of the hospital’s burn center, started under Jordan’s tutelage during his second year of residency in 2007. Calling him a “surgical primary care doctor,” Shupp said “he took care of the patients from head to toe” and “truly managed the entire patient.”

Shupp said in a medical field that is becoming increasingly specialized, Jordan stood out as someone who didn’t just focus on what he was tasked with treating, but the entirety of the patients’ issues.

“He was always working. He was always here before everyone else and leaving after everyone else had left,” Shupp said.

It endeared him to local firefighters, who started the DC Firefighters Burn Foundation in 2004 in part to support Jordan’s work in D.C.

“(His) patients were never upset after they saw him because he’d sit down to talk with people,” Shupp said.

In a statement posted to social media, the burn foundation also praised Jordan for treating victims who were hurt in the attack on the Pentagon on 9/11.

“He was a close friend of the fire service and well respected by the firefighters, burn teams and burn survivors around the country,” the group wrote.

Woods said Jordan is credited with helping out any number of patients, including Texas state Sen. Brian Birdwell, who was a military aide at the Pentagon during the attack.

Shupp said that he complemented his personality with a steadfast approach to treatment, saying Jordan was “unflappable” and that he “never saw him get stressed or lose his composure.”

It was his practices — as well as what Shupp deemed his “saaviness” when it came to approaching administration officials for more center funding — that drove Shupp himself to specialize in treating burns, ultimately becoming the director of the center while Jordan took on a reduced role.

For his most-frequent patients, Woods said Jordan quickly became friendly with the region’s firefighters and emergency personnel, saying he was a regular on fishing trips during rockfish season.

“The detail that everybody remembers is that he was such a kind person to everyone,” Woods said.

In a statement on social media, MedStar wrote that Jordan was “one of our long-time beloved physicians” who led burn and trauma teams that “received world-wide recognition for their expertise and skills, particularly after the attack on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.”

This story has been clarified to reflect the full title of MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
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