Fallen Fallston volunteer remembered with playground firetruck

The popular Annie's Playground is the home of a new piece of equipment, fittingly a fire truck, that serves as a tribute to the life of a fallen Fallston volunteer firefighter, who was also a paid firefighter.

Friends and family of Kurt Chenowith, a Fork resident killed in a 2011 motorcycle crash, have been busy working on a new piece of play equipment – shaped like a red fire truck -at Annie's Playground in the Fallston area.

"Although nothing could ever replace such an amazing person, we decided that a fire truck for area children would be the first way to honor him," Meaghan Owens, president of The Kurt M. Chenowith Memorial Foundation, explained.

The project was built by Little Tykes and was not set to open quite yet, as of Friday, Owens said, as mulch was still being put down.

The equipment is the first in what organizers hope will be a series of tributes to Chenowith, she said.

Chenowith graduated from Fallston High School in 2003 and served as a volunteer firefighter in Fallston. He was also a career firefighter in Baltimore County.

On Aug. 9, 2011, Chenowith was killed when his motorcycle collided with the car of a Bel Air man on Route 1 near Bob Bell Chevrolet. He was 25.

"He was my best friend," Owens said about the young man she remembered.

Her foundation has organized bull roasts and other get-togethers. The foundation also hopes to do other projects in the Fallston area, or perhaps near the Abingdon library, because Chenowith loved to read, she said. She also plans to offer scholarships to Harford and Baltimore County students.

The scholarships would give $500 each to two girls and two boys and will be aimed at "unsung heroes," Owens said, teenagers who have Chenowith's character.

They will not be based on academic achievement and will require applicants to have their friends write a reference, she said.

"We want normal kids to get it," she said.

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