MD Firefighter Dies of COVID-19

Taylor was an active member of the DC Fire and EMS Department. In addition, he served the Solomons Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department as well as the Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department.

Prince Frederick (MD) Volunteer Fire Department (PFVFD) recently announced the passing on Friday of county firefighter James Taylor due to a COVID-related illness.

Taylor was an active member of the DC Fire and EMS Department, at which he was assigned to the Fire Investigations Branch. In addition, he served the Solomons Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department as well as the Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department.

“Known to many as ‘Jim,’ he was an active volunteer firefighter in Calvert County, where he also held previous leadership positions with neighboring departments,” PFVFD wrote on Facebook. “We are keeping his family, friends, his dear mom, and children in our prayers. Jim touched many, many lives, in a general and life-saving capacity … and his memory will live on.”

“Investigator Taylor was appointed to the Department in Recruit Class 318 on September 30, 1996,” DC Fire and EMS write on Facebook. “Upon his graduation from the Training Academy, Investigator Taylor was assigned to Engine Company 23 in Foggy Bottom on March 2, 1997.”

Additional information regarding funeral arrangements will be announced when they become available.

“Investigator Taylor will be sorely missed across the District and the DC Fire and EMS Department. DC Fire and EMS Chief John Donnelly expresses deepest heartfelt sympathy on behalf of the entire Department to the family and loved ones of Investigator Taylor.”

“The Solomons Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department is saddened to announce the Passing of PAST Chief Jim Taylor. Chief Taylor joined our department March 25, 1987. Through the years Jim held many positions on his way to becoming our Chief in 2011. He will truly be missed by all.”

“It pains every ounce of me to pass along the Death Notification of Past President and Active Member Jim Taylor. Past President Taylor passed away this morning due to complications from the COVID virus. Not only was he an active member of the Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department, he is also an active member of the DCFD Fire Investigations Unit. Both organizations will suffer a huge hit with Jim’s untimely passing; his dedication and passion to serve the public was invaluable.”

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