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William 'Mr. Bill' Luebberman, past Sykesville fire chief, instructor, dies at age 66

Local firefighter and former Sykesville Volunteer Fire Department Chief William “Mr. Bill” Frank Luebberman, 66, of Sykesville, died, Nov. 18, at the Carroll Dove House in Westminster.

News of the death of the popular life member of Sykesville Freedom District Fire Department spread quickly through the Carroll County emergency response community.

According to his obituary on the Haight Funeral Home website, he was born July 6, 1946, in Annapolis. He was the son of William E. and Betty Metzger Luebberman of Westminster.

He was the husband of Elizabeth "Libby" Luebberman.

For many years, he had been a part time instructor for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute. He retired from the Baltimore County Fire Department in 1994 and became the training ground manager for the Carroll County Volunteer Emergency Service Association.

In 1972 his wife, Libby, became the first female to qualify to ride the emergency apparatus in Sykesville and in the county, and one of the first in the state.

Shortly after his death, the Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 posted on its Facebook page, “Carroll County Fire Service lost a great man this evening! RIP Mr. Bill Luebberman, you will be missed. Sending up prayers for Mrs. Libby and all the members of the fire service who he touched. Always a smile and a hug ... What a great man…”

Westminster Mayor Kevin Utz wrote on his Facebook page, “Many lives were touched, saved, and healed (by) Mr Bill Luebberman … because of his dedicated service, training and nationwide network of fire and EMS providers who learned from him "

And the Sykesville Volunteer Fire Department website posted, “We mourn the loss of a former chief, leader, teacher and mentor. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill’s wife Libby, and all who called Mr. Bill friend.”

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by a sister, Shelley Luebberman Steinle, and her husband John of Westminster.

Funeral services are scheduled to be held on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 10 a.m. at Haight Funeral Home & Chapel, 6416 Sykesville Road, Sykesville. Burial will be in Springfield Cemetery, Sykesville.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, Nov. 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. The Sykesville Freedom District Fire Department will hold a memorial service at the funeral home on Friday at 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sykesville Freedom District Fire Dept., Attn: Building Fund, P.O. Box 275, Sykesville, MD 21784.

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