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Lawrence Hughes, fire lieutenant

Lawrence Hughes, a decorated Baltimore Fire Department lieutenant, died of cancer Oct. 8 at the Gilchrist Hospice in Towson. He was 64 and lived in Bel Air.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Gardenville, he attended St. Anthony Parochial School and was a 1966 City College graduate. He earned a business degree at the University of Baltimore.

He initially worked at the old Mercantile-Safe Deposit and Trust Co. but changed careers. He was appointed to the Fire Department in 1974. He had assignments at Engine Company No. 52 near Druid Hill Park, Engine No. 29 on Park Heights Avenue and Truck Company 26 on Brehms Lane. He spent many years at Engine Company No. 51 on Highland Avenue before he retired.

Lieutenant Hughes was given two Exemplary Performance Awards for rescuing a woman and a man in separate incidents in 1979.

"Lieutenant Hughes was a well-respected and conscientious firefighter," said Michael Hineline, a Hampden firefighter-paramedic. "He lived the Fire Department and was beloved by his subordinates."

Two of his brothers served as Fire Department captains. His son, Lawrence Hughes, who lives in Bel Air, is now stationed at Truck Company No. 5 on 25th Street at Kirk Avenue.

Lieutenant Hughes was a fan of the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens. Family members said he enjoyed the red Corvette he received on his 60th birthday.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church in Hickory, 533 Jarrettsville Road.

In addition to his son, survivors include his wife of 40 years, the former Doris Dotterweich; three brothers, William and Gerald Hughes, both of Baldwin, and Francis Hughes of Goodyear, Ariz; and two sisters, Patsy Jenkins of Sun City, Ariz., and Jeannie Barzyk of Jacksonville, Fla.

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