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In drive-thru viewing, police officer and firefighter Elwood Kauffman mourned at Westminster fire station

Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 life member Elwood Kauffman, 88, died Tuesday and, at his family’s request, his viewing was held Friday afternoon at the Westminster fire company.

A drive-thru format was used to remain in compliance with social distancing regulations throughout the viewing. A photo of Kauffman, along with his helmet and a turn-out coat were displayed in the station.

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Kauffman was the beloved husband of Iris B. Kauffman, his wife of 35 years. He served as a full-time engineer for the Westminster Fire Department in the late 1950s. He then worked for the Westminster and Howard County police departments.

He worked for years as a deputy Maryland State Fire Marshal (FM-1), where he was an arson investigator in the Carroll County and Howard County region. After his retirement from the Fire Marshal’s Office, Kaufman was a bailiff for Carroll County Circuit Court for more than 12 years.

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Kauffman was born in Carroll County on Oct, 6, 1931 to the late Margaret Essich Kauffman and J. Ralph Kauffman. He was a 1949 graduate of Westminster High School.

Kauffman was a former member of St. Benjamin’s Lutheran Church in Westminster. Upon moving to Plum Creek in Hanover, Pa, he attended Grace United Methodist in Hanover.

A private funeral service will be held Saturday at Pritts Funeral Home & Chapel. Although attendance at the funeral service will be limited to immediate family, other guests are welcome to join virtually or by phone.

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