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all photos courtesy of John Sheridan; first and second taken at the Baltimore County rescue scene; third photo taken at the Old Joppa Road accident

Yesterday morning brought freaky, nonstop emergency action for our Joppa-Magnolia volunteer firefighter heroes, with three huge crises landing like life-threatening dominoes before lunch — you may remember these inspiring citizens from last week’s back-to-back fox-rescue reports. So here’s what happened!

At 7:47 a.m., according to the official firehouse log/e-report, the volunteers, alongside paramedics, responded to an auto collision at Old Joppa and Jerusalem Roads. One person was injured and flown to Johns Hopkins Bayview shock trauma — said patient is currently listed in stable condition. (Go, team.)

“Shortly after clearing the incident on Old Joppa Road, the JMVFC was requested, by Baltimore County Fire Dispatch, to respond to a motor vehicle collision, with rescue, on Glen Arm Road, just west of Harford Road in Glen Arm,” reads the insider log. “Upon arrival, the Firefighters from the JMVFC assisted Rescuers from the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company with extricating the trapped patient from the overturned auto, and transferring them to the care of Baltimore County Paramedics.”

Then, get this: They get another 9-1-1. At Mountain Road/I-95, a tractor trailer’s leaking “an unknown substance.” Diesel fuel’s the poison, the diehard volunteers discover upon arrival.

“The Harford County Emergency Operations Hazardous Materials Team and the Maryland Department of the Environment’s Emergency Response Division were requested,” the log tells us. “The JMVFC crews contained the fuel that was already on the ground and continuing to leak until Haz-Mat crews arrived.”

Three cheers for three valiant team efforts. Thank you, crew, for the hard, life-saving work that you do!

In light of the sad and difficult fox saga — firemen saved baby fox; still, baby fox had to be “put down” — we wanted to celebrate the essential support this brave team provides on an ongoing basis! Hip, hip, hooray!