Fire truck play equipment to be dedicated June 3 at Annie's Playground

Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation is teaming up with the Kurt M. Chenowith Memorial Foundation to dedicate a new piece of fire engine-themed play equipment at Annie's Playground in Fallston.

The new feature, which is next to the playground's main entrance, has been erected in memory of Mr. Chenowith, of Fork, a volunteer fireman in Fallston and a paid firefighter in Baltimore County who was killed in a motorcycle accident not far from the playground in August 2011, a few weeks shy of his 26th birthday.

The dedication ceremony will be Tuesday, June 3, at 11 a.m. at the playground.

The Chenowith foundation raised money for the purchase and installation of the fire engine-themed piece of playground equipment. Annie's Playground is a loving tribute to 6-year-old Annie McGann Cumpston, who was killed by a hit and run driver in Baltimore in 2003.

Members of the Chenowith, Cumpston and Mullhausen families and Chenowith Foundation board members will be joined by Harford County Executive David Craig, Harford County Council members, county department heads, parks and recreation department staff and members of the Fallston Volunteer Fire Company and Baltimore County Fire Department.

"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, said last fall when the new play equipment was being installed.

The fire truck was installed last fall but sat over the winter months until mulch and a fence were added in the spring.

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

Mr. 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.

Mr. Chenowith was killed on Aug. 9, 2011, when his motorcycle collided with a car driven by a Bel Air man on Route 1 near Bob Bell Chevrolet.

Owens, who called Mr. Chenowith her best friend, said the foundation has also been raising money for scholarships and would consider other community-based projects, possibly with local libraries because Mr. Chenowith was an avid reader.

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