Fire­man dies in line of duty

Suf­fers med­i­cal emer­gency at scene of head-on crash with mul­ti­ple en­trapped pa­tients

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QUEEN ANNE — A vol­un­teer fire­fighter died in the line of duty af­ter suf­fer­ing a med­i­cal emer­gency at the scene of a head-on crash early Satur­day af­ter­noon on state Route 404.

As­sis­tant Fire Chief Danny Lis­ter was work­ing at the scene of the crash be­tween Route 309 (Starr Road) and Old Queen Anne Road in Tal­bot County when he suf­fered a med­i­cal emer­gency, the Queen Anne-Hills­boro Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany Inc. said Satur­day night in a press re­lease. Res­cue per­son­nel tried un­suc­cess­fully to re­sus­ci­tate Lis­ter at the scene, and he died at the Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Eas­ton.

Lis­ter was among nu­mer­ous vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers, emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vices per­son­nel, po­lice and state high­way crews who re­sponded to the two-ve­hi­cle head-on crash that oc­curred about 1:48 p.m. Satur­day.

“We are deeply sad­dened by the loss of As­sis­tant Fire Chief Daniel Lis­ter, a ded­i­cated mem­ber of the Queen Anne-Hills­boro Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany who passed away to­day while re­spond­ing to a ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent,” Gov. Larry Ho­gan wrote on his Twit­ter ac­count Satur­day night.

Ho­gan also or­dered the

United States flag and the Mary­land flag to be flown at half-staff in honor and mem­ory of Lis­ter.

“The First Lady and I are keep­ing Chief Lis­ter’s fam­ily in our prayers dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time,” Ho­gan wrote on his Twit­ter ac­count. “I have or­dered flags to fly at half staff un­til he is laid to rest.”

Mary­land State Po­lice said the crash re­sulted in mul­ti­ple in­juries, and the fire com­pany said there were mul­ti­ple en­trapped pa­tients.

Ac­cord­ing to a post on the Eastern Shore Fire/EMS/ Po­lice Break­ing News Face­book page, nine pa­tients were taken for treat­ment — four by air and five by ground.

Mo­torists re­ported ex­ten­sive de­lays, with Route 404 closed be­tween Old Queen Anne Road and Route 309.

Mary­land State Po­lice from the Eas­ton and Cen­tre­ville bar­racks, the MSP Crash Team, and State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion, along with vol­un­teer fire com­pa­nies and emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vices, re­sponded to the crash.


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