A young city paramedic died Friday after becoming ill while on duty a few days earlier, according to the chief of a volunteer fire department where the paramedic also served.
Nicholas Hemingway, who was assigned to a medic unit at the Liberty Heights fire station in Baltimore, was hospitalized after going into cardiac arrest while at work on Tuesday, according to Randy S. Kuenzli, chief of the Bladesnburg Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad. Hemingway, who was 23, had reported feeling sick to his stomach earlier that day, the chief said.
A spokesman for the Baltimore city fire department confirmed a member of the department had died, but said he had no further information to provide. Hemingway's death was announced on the Facebook pages of union locals representing Baltimore firefighters and fire officers. Arrangements were incomplete, they said.
Hemingway served previously with volunteer fire companies in Montgomery and Prince George's counties before joining the Bladensburg department about 2 1/2 years ago, Kuenzli said. He said Hemingway lived for a while in the fire station there before moving to Baltimore to begin the fire academy.