George L. Dorsey Baltimore firefighter


A Mass of Christian burial for George Lloyd Dorsey, a retired Baltimore firefighter, will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church, 2612 Wilkens Ave.

Mr. Dorsey, who was 68, died Thursday at his home in Morrell Park after a long battle with cancer and heart disease.

Born and reared in South Baltimore, he was the son of a firefighter and joined the department in 1945 after returning from service in France and Germany with the Army Corps of Engineers. He spent most of his career with Truck No. 10 at Lafayette Avenue and Stricker Street.

Mr. Dorsey was injured several times while fighting fires and was decorated many times for bravery. He received a citation in 1963 for single-handedly rescuing four children from the third story of a burning building.

After retiring from the department in 1978, he worked for his oldest son, Charles J. Dorsey, at a local truck equipment company. In the last five years, until his health declined, he worked for their transportation refrigeration business, Dorsey/Records Inc., as transportation manager.

A longtime member of Our Lady of Lourdes Council of the Knights of Columbus in Locust Point, he served in many positions, including grand knight in 1973, and went on to become district deputy. He was also past faithful navigator of Archbishop Keough Assembly of the Fourth Degree.

Mr. Dorsey is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Mary Beatrice Hagen; three sons, Charles J. Dorsey of Pasadena, Richard L. Dorsey of Union Bridge and Air Force Sgt. David L. Dorsey of Anchorage, Alaska; a daughter, Diane L. Mullen of Millersville; a sister, Edna Smith of Berlin; two brothers, Charles R. Dorsey and Joseph V. Dorsey, both of Pasadena; and 10 grandchildren.

The family suggested contributions to the American Cancer Society.

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