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A longtime member of the Maryland Line Volunteer Fire Company died yesterday after being struck by a car on Interstate 83 while trying to assist in the rescue of a woman in an overturned vehicle.

Bob Humphrey, 62, of Parkton, heard the call about an overturned vehicle on southbound I-83 around 9:20 a.m. and responded to the scene to help out, even though he wasn't called, said state Trooper Lee Link of the Golden Ring barrack.

Humphrey had parked his car on the right shoulder of northbound I-83 and was walking across the highway to the accident scene when he was struck by a car in northbound fast lane, Link said.

"He was doing the Good Samaritan thing," he said.

Link said the driver of the car that struck Humphrey will not face charges.

Ileen Herroer-Szostak, 31, of Sparks, was driving a Honda Accord southbound on the freeway when her car flipped over numerous times, state police Cpl. James Johnson said.

Both Humphrey and Herroer-Szostak were flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where Herroer-Szostak was in stable condition, Johnson said.

Humphrey, a retired truck driver, had been with the Maryland Line fire company for 27 years, qualifying as a life member. His was the first death in the line of duty since 1951 for the volunteer company, and saddened members gathered at the brick firehouse in the rural, northern Baltimore County community yesterday to remember their comrade.

"He always tried to help out when he could with the fire company, or with any person, which is exactly what he showed this morning," said Jason Rosier, the fire chief.

Humphrey and his wife, Cindy, had three adult children, according to company members. He was a past financial secretary and gave freely of his time, they said.

"Any event we had, he was there," said Richard Grim, the fire company's president. "He did a lot of running [errands] for the company in his own vehicle on his own time."

Members hung a wreath with a black ribbon on the front of the fire house, lowered the American flag to half-staff and posted a black flag of mourning beneath it. A sign on the firehouse read: "Bob, You Will Be Missed."

"It was a blow to all of us," said Darlene Jones, the company's financial secretary. Humphrey was the "type of person who would do anything for you," she said.

"I think Bob passed on doing what he liked to do," Jones added. "I don't think he would regret doing what he was doing when this happened."

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