Volunteer firefighters play host to Russians

The Savage Volunteer Fire Company recently spent seven days as the host of 11 members of a Russian fire officer's delegation who were in the U.S. as part of an Organization for American/Soviet Exchange program.

The Russian officers were impressed with the smooth running volunteer system that stood in sharp contrast to their firefighting operation, which is run more like a national military organization. Volunteers are used only in rural settings.

During their stay in Savage the Russian visitors toured fire stations throughout Maryland and visited the Fire Museum in Lutherville, the National Air and Space Museum and Arlington National Cemetery.

Visiting local shopping malls to purchase gifts was a popular activity. The Russian firefighters will also carry home T-shirts, baseball caps and patches they received from the Savage volunteers.

Man robs woman outside her home

Howard County police are searching for a man who stole a gold necklace a Savage woman was wearing Saturday night, police said.

The woman, who was returning to her apartment after taking out trash, was not injured, police said.

The robbery occurred shortly after 10 p.m. in the 8500 block ofStorch Woods Drive when a man suddenly appeared and grabbed the woman's gold necklace with a heart locket, police said. The value of the necklace is between $50 and $100.


* Jessup: 8300 block of Route 1: Someone removed pins from a gate at Chesapeake Supply between 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 p.m. Sunday.

The person or persons entered a storage building and stole a company truck which was loaded with equipment. The truck was recovered nearby.

8300 block of Route 1: Someone entered an office trailer at Skinner Transportation between Friday and Monday, and ransacked the trailer. Nothing was taken.

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