Emer­gency Man­age­ment Di­rec­tor Jay Ring­gold re­tires

The Dundalk Eagle - - BY THE PEOPLE -

Jay Ring­gold, Bal­ti­more County’s Di­rec­tor of Home­land Se­cu­ritJay Ring­gold, Ret. Di­rec­tor of Home­land Se­cu­rity & Emer­gency Man­age­menty and Emer­gency Man­age­ment, has re­tired af­ter nearly 35 years of ser­vice with the Bal­ti­more County Fire Depart­ment.

The HSEM di­rec­tor­ship is the sec­ond-high­est rank in BCoFD, equiv­a­lent to As­sis­tant Chief; and serv­ing in that ca­pac­ity made Ring­gold the depart­ment’s high­es­trank­ing African-Amer­i­can mem­ber.

Ring­gold joined BCoFD in 1985. Over the years he was as­signed to sta­tions in Brook­landville, Ca­tonsville, Eastview and Es­sex.

In 2003, he was one of two fire­fight­ers trapped in rub­ble fol­low­ing a nat­u­ral gas ex­plo­sion on Chal­cot Square in Es­sex. The fire chief at that time, John J. Hohman, said it was “a mir­a­cle” that the two fire­fight­ers sur­vived. The BCoFD Com­men­da­tions Board awarded Ring­gold the Pur­ple Heart and the Sil­ver Star — the depart­ment’s sec­ond high­est award — for his role in that in­ci­dent.

Ring­gold has been ac­tively in­volved in Emer­gency Man­age­ment op­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing man­age­ment of the Emer­gency Op­er­a­tions

Cen­ter, since 2006.

In Jan­uary 2019, he was ap­pointed the County’s Di­rec­tor of Emer­gency Man­age­ment by Gov­er­nor Larry Ho­gan.

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