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Posted on: August 14, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Fallen Firefighter Viewing and Funeral Scheduled

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Battalion Chief Joshua Laird’s Last Alarm

FREDERICK, Md. (Aug. 14, 2021) – The Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services (FCDFRS) has announced arrangements for fallen firefighter Battalion Chief Joshua Laird from Station 25, Green Valley Fire Department. 

Phase 2 of the ceremonial procession for BC Laird will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 15, and travel from Taneytown, Maryland, to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Phase 3 begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 16, when Battalion Chief Laird will be transported from Gettysburg to his hometown of Fairfield, Pa. At approximately 12:30 p.m. on Monday, the procession will travel from Fairfield to Mount St. Mary’s University’s PNC Sports Complex in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Maps of the procession route can be found at

A public viewing is scheduled from 2-8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 16, at the Mount Saint Mary’s University PNC Sports Complex, 16251 Jim Phelan Way, Emmitsburg. A Masonic service will take place at 7 p.m. 

The funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, at the Mount Saint Mary’s University PNC Sports Complex, 16251 Jim Phelan Way, Emmitsburg, There will not be a graveside service following the funeral. 

Laird, age 46, and a 21-year veteran of the FCDFRS, died on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021, while responding to a 2-alarm house fire on the 9500 block of Ball Road in Ijamsville. The event will be live-streamed at Media wanting to attend the funeral service must contact Joe Schumacher at no later than noon Monday.

FCDFRS asks that everyone please respect the privacy of the Laird family during this difficult time.


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