Reisterstown firefighter pronounced dead at Shock Trauma

BALTIMORE - News of the passing of a Reisterstown firefighter hit Twitter Thursday afternoon.

Fire companies everywhere expressed condolences.

Gene Kirchner of the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company was injured in a 3-alarm fire in Reisterstown on April 24. He was taken to Shock Trauma. Two days ago it was announced that he was in critical but stable condition and would be transferred to a rehab center.

Kirchner was pronounced dead early Thursday afternoon at Shock Trauma.

"BCoFD's thoughts are with his family at this difficult time," said Baltimore County Public Safety spokesperson Elise Armacost.

Before 2 p.m. members of Kirchner's firefighter family placed black bunting on a large wall at the volunteer fire department.

Below is the full statement released by the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company:

"It is with deep sorrow and regret that the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company announces the line of duty passing of Firefighter Gene Kirchner.  Gene succumbed to his injures after an 8 day fight.  He sustained critical injuries while he was performing a search on a dwelling fire April 24, 2013.   Gene is a 9 year member of our company and was a junior fire fighter for 2 years. A full fire department funeral will be scheduled. "

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley has ordered the Maryland State Flag flown at half-staff in honor of Kirchner.

His funeral service for will take place at the Har Sinai Congregation (Walnut at Greensping) on Sunday. 

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