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Roadway signs dedicated to Howard County's five fallen firefighters

Roadway signs dedicated to Howard County's five fallen firefighters

Since the foundation of Howard County’s first volunteer fire station in Ellicott City in 1888, only five county firefighters have been killed in action, according to retired Battalion Chief Don Howell. Two firemen with the Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Department died in the line of duty in December 1953, and three with the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Company died from injuries sustained in July 1969.

Retired and current county firefighters honored their colleagues’ sacrifice with plaques at both departments and, in October, erected roadway dedication signs in the volunteers’ names.

The project, called Line of Duty Death, was a collaborative effort between Howell, the county fire...

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