Baltimore County firefighter Robert Fogle III died Friday during a training exercise at the Fire Academy, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said Friday evening.
The 58-year-old engine driver was a career firefighter of 27 years who was almost ready to retire, a source familiar with the incident said. Fogle worked out of Station 2 in Pikesville.
Fogle was apparently undergoing a fit for duty test, which was launched by the department several years ago.
"They did a preliminary operational readiness training. They took a break, and then they entered the maze,” Fire Chief John Hohman said.
Fogle was running through the training container at the Sparrows Point Training Facility when he went into cardiac arrest, officials said.
"While it is physical to crawl through the maze it's not heavy lifting,” Hohman added.
Once a year firefighters have to undergo the training, which includes climbing stairs, carrying hoses, lifting ladders, among other drills. There was no smoke in the maze when Fogle collapsed.
“We will do an internal investigation as we do with every death that happens while on the job and most likely there'll be a national entity do an investigation also," Hohman said.
It was the first time anyone had died at the training facility, which is classified a line of duty death.
He was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
He leaves behind a wife, and two adult children: a son and a daughter.
Forty-five Baltimore County firefighters have died in the line of duty in the department's history.
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Our thoughts & prayers go out to the men and women of the Baltimore County Fire Dept on their line of duty death. @IAFFNewsDesk— MDFOP34 MDTA POLICE (@mdfop34) May 30, 2014
Firefighter who died is Robert Fogle III ... Was going through a "maze" at Sparrows Point training facility #team2— Christian Schaffer (@chrisfromabc2) May 30, 2014
Firefighter Robert William Fogle III fell ill at a training exercise today. He later died at Bayview Medical Center. pic.twitter.com/z19QKXWnoB— BACO Public Safety (@BACOPoliceFire) May 30, 2014
We are saddened to learn of the LODD today of a member of Baltimore County Firefighter. RIP Robert Fogle III. @BACOPoliceFire— Baltimore Fire (@BaltimoreFire) May 30, 2014
Our thoughts are with the family and colleagues of @BACOPoliceFire firefighter Robert Fogle.— MDMEMA (@MDMEMA) May 30, 2014