USFA: Maryland Firefighter Shot, Killed at EMS Call

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter/Paramedic John Ernest Ulmschneider, 37, of the Prince George’s County Fire and EMS Department on April 15, 2016.

Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department (PGFD) responded to a home for a welfare check call regarding a man with medical conditions that had not responded to relatives attempting to contact him. After arriving on scene, checking for any open doors or windows, and after making themselves known several times, firefighters forced entrance to the residence. As they entered the home, the resident fired several gun shots striking PGFD Firefighter/Paramedic John Ulmschneider, Morningside Volunteer Firefighter Kevin Swain, and the relative who had originally called for help.

After being transported to the hospital, Firefighter/Paramedic Ulmschneider succumbed to his injuries. Firefighter Swain remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition. Police said the resident of the home believed his house was being broken into and fired in self-defense.

No charges have been filed. Investigation into the fatal incident continues by authorities.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter/Paramedic Ulmschneider at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/
To date, 19 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2016.  Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/fatalityData/statistics

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.