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Firefighter pleads guilty in May assault of cyclist at meeting about bike lanes

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An off-duty Baltimore firefighter who witnesses said grabbed a man by the throat at a May public meeting concerning the Downtown Bike Network pleaded guilty Monday to one count of second-degree assault.

Asked for ‘demonstrable progress’ on fire code issue with bike lanes, BCFD makes a home movie

The driver of a tiller struggles to get in the driver’s side door on Maryland Avenue near 28th Street. Screenshot from Baltimore City Fire Department video.

Last week, city council members in the Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committee directed the Baltimore City Fire Department and other agencies to resolve a thorny issue that’s stalled bike lanes and development projects. Make “demonstrable progress” on projects that have been delayed by a dispute over a provision of the fire code, committee chair Eric Costello said, or the council will pass legislation removing a rule that sets required street clearances for fire equipment.

The fire department responded by making a home movie for the council.

City firefighter charged with assault after altercation at May 14 bike lane meeting

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When Ryan Patterson and his son joined dozens of others at the Baltimore School for the Arts Recital Hall for a public meeting on May 14, Patterson knew to expect some tension in the room. This assembly concerned the Downtown Bike Network—its segments on Madison and Centre streets, specifically—and bike lanes are, as Patterson puts it, “a hot issue that a lot of people have opinions about.”

What Patterson didn’t expect was a physical altercation. Soon after the meeting began, a “commotion” erupted in the back of the room, Patterson says.

“The crowd jumped out of their seats, and this white, bald guy in the back of the room lifted this young, black guy up by the throat,” he says.

Fire department acknowledges two calls to Blacksauce Kitchen, says fire rekindled

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A spokesperson with the Baltimore City Fire Department on Monday acknowledged firefighters were sent to Blacksauce Kitchen after midnight Friday morning and returned after 4 a.m. when the fire had rekindled.

Baltimore Firefighters Union Releases Video of Nude Man Attacking Paramedics

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The local union representing Baltimore City Fire Department personnel is seeking some additional protection following more than a dozen attacks on first responders in the last two years.

Submerged Kayaker Rescued from Jones Falls on Sunday

Jones Falls Near Mill No. 1
Jones Falls near Mill No. 1

Rescue crews managed to save a kayaker who was stuck underwater for several minutes in the Jones Falls on Sunday afternoon, outlets report.

Permit Problem Threatens Halloween Season at Famed Baltimore Haunted House

Courtesy Bennett's Curse Haunted House/Facebook
Courtesy Bennett’s Curse Haunted House/Facebook

Scare-seekers who were planning to face off with demons, vampires, zombies and the like at Bennett’s Curse in South Baltimore this month may need to look elsewhere.

Baltimore Firefighters Rescue Unconscious Cat During Rowhouse Fire

Photo via Baltimore Fire Facebook page
Photo via Baltimore Fire Facebook page

First responders had a lot of work to do over the weekend, thanks to the heavy rains that caused historic flooding in Baltimore and the surrounding areas.

Veteran Firefighter Found Dead at Scene of Fire

James Bethea
James Bethea

A 40-year veteran of the Baltimore City Fire Department was founded dead at the scene of an early morning blaze on Wednesday.

Under Armour Donates Fancy Gyms to Baltimore’s Firehouses



Not long ago, the Baltimore Fire Department was so cash-strapped that they considered selling ad space on the sides of their fire trucks. Clearly, there was no extra money in the budget for fancy gym equipment–even though staying in shape is a crucial part of a firefighter’s job. Luckily, some of our favorite local do-gooders decided to adopt this problem as their own, resulting in new, state-of-the-art gym equipment in the city’s three busiest fire houses.