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The Annapolis Fire Department (AFD) exists to provide a safe environment for the community by minimizing the impact of fire and injury through public education, quality service, emergency preparedness and an overall culture of safety.

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Photos from the 9/11 Remembrance Walk held at the Eastport Memorial Labyrinth on Saturday, September 11, 2021.

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Saturday, September 11, 2021, marked the 20th Anniversary of 9/11. We take time to reflect on the first responders that made the ultimate sacrifice at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial located in The City Of Annapolis. We honor and remember those lives that were lost that tragic day. We will NEVER FORGET!

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Media Contact: Mitchelle Stephenson, 410-972-7724 or mwstephenson@annapolis.gov

Annapolis to Commemorate 20th Anniversary of Sept. 11 with Proclamation and Ceremony at Firefighters Memoria


ANNAPOLIS, MD (September 7, 2021) – The City of Annapolis will commemorate the 20th anniversary of September 11 with a ceremony at the Maryland Firefighters Memorial on the morning of Saturday, September 11, 2021. The memorial is located at the intersection of Rowe Blvd./Bladen at Calvert Streets. The ceremony will begin at 8:15 a.m. and conclude with a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time the North Tower of the World Trade Center was struck by a hijacked airliner. 

Mayor Buckley will read a Proclamation declaring September 11 to be an Annapolis Day of Remembrance and Service. He will be joined by Alderwoman Rhonda Pindell Charles, chair of the City’s Public Safety Committee, the Annapolis Fire Department (AFD) Honor Guard, AFD Chief Douglas Remaley, who will lay a wreath at the conclusion of the program, and the state legislative delegation with Del. Dana Jones making remarks on their behalf. 

On September 11, 2021, terrorists hijacked four airliners in a coordinated plot against the United States of America. Two of the hijacked planes struck the World Trade Center, causing the complete destruction of the landmark skyscraper complex. The third plane crashed into the Pentagon. A fourth plane was re-commandeered by brave passengers and crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, never reaching the hijackers’ intended target, likely a Washington, DC landmark (either the White House or the U.S. Capitol). Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks, including 2,750 people in New York, 184 at the Pentagon and 40 in Pennsylvania as well as the terrorists. 

Annapolis firefighters went to New York City in the aftermath of the attacks to assist with rescue and recovery efforts. Mayor Buckley will honor that service and assistance to NYFD in their hour of need. 

The public is invited to pay their respects at the commemoration. Attendees should park at Gotts or one of the state garages and walk to the ceremony site. Please be alert that there is a US Naval Academy home football game (vs. Air Force) on Sat., Sept. 11. There may be parking and traffic challenges in and around Navy Stadium as early as 10 a.m. on Sept. 11.

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On August 20, 2021, the Annapolis Fire Department held a Pinning Ceremony for the promotions that occurred effective August 19, 2021. Newly promoted personnel are: Battalion Chief Wayne F. Fretterd, Jr., Battalion Chief John D. Muhitch, Captain Kelly L. Ruth, Captain William J. Shaver, Lieutenant Michael B. Williams, and Lieutenant Tony Williams, Jr.

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Line of Duty Death Anniversary - Firefighter Alexander C. Johnson (Rescue Hose Company Number One)

July 13, 2021 was the 63rd anniversary of the line of duty death of Firefighter Alexander C. Johnson of the Rescue Hose Company Number One - Annapolis Fire Department. To commemorate the date, Chief Remaley led personnel from the Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Fire Departments with family members to remember Firefighter Johnson at a memorial service and wreath-laying.

While fighting a fire on Shaw Street in Annapolis, Firefighter Johnson collapsed and later died at the hospital on July 13, 1958 as a result of heart failure. At the time of his death, Firefighter Johnson was also a firefighter for the United States Naval Academy Fire Department. He was a veteran of the U.S. Armed Services, having served in World War II, and was 42-years-old at the time of his death.

As Chief Remaley promised; we will never forget.

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On June 25, 2021, the Annapolis Fire Department held a Pinning Ceremony for the promotions that occurred effective June 21, 2021. Newly promoted personnel are: Captain Michael P. Lonergan, Jr., Lieutenant Jack D. Beckwith, and Firefighter First Class Matthew J. Benoliel.

Suspicious package in downtown Annapolis in June 2020.

Rescue box on Forest Drive in June 2020.

Pictures of a kitchen fire taken on Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Eastport on Creek Drive.

Would you like a tour of the fire station? These men and women are working hard during the COVID-19 shutdown, ensuring that folks who need help get it! Here’s Captain John Muhitch. 

On Tuesday, April 14, 2020, Firefighters Steven G. Elliott and Ryan Opiekun were sworn in by Deputy Chief Caroll H. Spriggs, II via Zoom.

Alex for Chalk Your Walk

A challenge to Chalk Your Walk was put out in Eastport and Alex did a great job of writing a message in front of his house for the First Responders to see.  Thank you Alex!

On Friday, February 7, 2020, the Annapolis Fire Department held a Graduation Ceremony for Recruit Class 59.  Acting Mayor Rhonda Pindell Charles welcomed everyone before swearing-in and congratulating them as they received their certificates.  Acting Chief Caroll H. Spriggs, II, who was the keynote speaker, pinned the newly graduated firefighters.  The address was given by Class Representative Firefighter Amanda B. Hoxter. Invocation and Benediction were given by AFD Chaplain Vincent Leggett and Master of Ceremonies was Firefighter First Class, Kenneth White. Newly graduated personnel are Firefighter Erich J. Goetz, Firefighter Jacob J. Haskell, Firefighter Amanda B. Hoxter, Firefighter Stefan L. Livingston, Firefighter Matthew J. Montgomery, and Firefighter Sharonda L. Spriggs.

Chief Remaley and Deputy Chief Spriggs hosted a Holiday Party for the Fire Dept crew and some guests.

Chief Remaley promotes Lieutenant Swink and Firefighter First Class Clark during a recent pinning ceremony.

Chief Remaley joined in the celebration of Young Dylan aka Dylan Gilmer

On October 28, Chief Remaley joined in the celebration of “Young Dylan”, aka Dylan Gilmer, an Annapolis Rapper who appeared on Ellen and America’s Got Talent.  Dylan recently announced that he will be starring on a Tyler Perry sitcom.  The motorcade through Annapolis ended at City Hall with a special presentation of a key to the city.

Chief Remaley recently promoted F1c Andrew Collins and F1c John Wardell II

Chief Remaley recently promoted F1/c Andrew Collins and F1/c John Wardell II.

Chief Remaley presented FF Allison Hays with a Meritorious Award

Chief Remaley presented FF Allison Hays with a Meritorious Award for her quick actions in assisting a fellow swim competitor who was in distress with severe leg cramps during the Annapolis Sailors Triathlon in July.

Fire Chief Remaley presented BC Christian with an Executive Fire Officer award

The Department proudly announces that Battalion Chief Robert F. Christian has been recognized by the National Fire Academy as an Executive Fire Officer (EFO).  Fire Chief Remaley presented Battalion Chief Christian with his award at a recent Command Staff Meeting.  Congratulations to Battalion Chief Christian on this career achievement!

The Annapolis Fire Department took part on October 11, 2019 with other area departments Fire and Police personnel to raise a flag that was a tribute to 9/11. The “Ground Zero Flag” has traveled for eighteen years after flying over Ground Zero as a reminder of the sacrifices made on 9/11/01. The Team that travels with the flag also carries a piece of white marble recovered from Ground Zero that was fashioned into a cross by the recovery workers on site and a log book that documents the missions of the flag and cross around the world. This will be retired on 11/2/21 which will be the 20th Anniversary of when the flag came from Ground Zero. After that they hope the flag, cross and log book will be in a museum for future generations.

Project for the 50 states from 1st grade class at George Long Elementary.  The crew from the Forest Drive Fire Station #35 in Annapolis was more than willing to hold your high five card and take a picture for your project from Maryland!

Boatyard Employees - Citation of Merit

Employees Lauren VanBenCoten, Lauren Beard and Chase Dooley of the Boatyard Bar and Grill are awarded Annapolis Fire Department Citizen Citations of Merit from Chief Remaley and Deputy Chief Spriggs for their quick assistance to a customer who was choking and then required CPR.  


On September 24, 2019, personnel from the Annapolis Fire Department joined with approximately 30 representatives from the Hershey Corporation who had a conference in Annapolis. They all walked through the Annapolis Gardens Community giving out candy to children from several communities in Annapolis. A good time was had by all!


On September 9, 2019, the Annapolis Fire Department held a Pinning Ceremony for the promotions that occurred effective September 8, 2019. Family members attended to assist in changing the pins for the ranks of our personnel. Newly promoted personnel are: Battalion Chief Philip Morris, Captain Bud Zapata, Lieutenant David McGill, Jr., Lieutenant Christopher Pentz, Firefighter First Class Thomas Frankhouser, Jr., Firefighter First Class Craig McCracken. And effective Thursday, October 3, 2019 Firefighter First Class Samuel Winner,Jr.


At the City Council Meeting on Monday, September 9, 2019, Mayor Buckley, Chief Remaley and Deputy Chief Spriggs presented several Fire Department Civilian Citations of Merit.

Max Shapiro from the Harbormasters Office was awarded for his assistance saving a kayaker and another citizen in the water who were trying to locate another kayaker who had gone underwater.

Several of the Watermark Cruises crew were awarded for their assistance when a citizen went into cardiac arrest while on the dock near them and they began CPR.

Also awarded, but unable to attend were several of the employees at the Boatyard Bar and Grill who assisted a patron who had choked with the Heimlich and then when the patron went into cardiac arrest started CPR.


On Saturday, September 7, 2019, the Annapolis Fire Department joined by family members and Anne Arundel County Fire Department personnel held a graveside memorial ceremony on the 55th Anniversary of the Line of Duty Death of Firefighter John W. Schwallenberg of the Rescue Hose Company Number 1.

We will never forget.

On August 26, 2019, Fire Chief Douglas M. Remaley and Deputy Fire Chief Caroll H. Spriggs, II are sworn in by Mayor Buckley while former Fire Chief David L. Stokes, Sr. watches. 

Remaley and Spriggs with Sajak

On July 30, 2019, Acting Fire Chief Douglas M. Remaley and Acting Deputy Chief Caroll H. Spriggs, II, joined owner Pat Sajak to celebrate radio station WNAVs 70th Anniversary as Annapolis’ “Hometown Station”.

Trophy to First Winners of the Inaugural Annapolis Sailor’s Triathlon

On February 28, 2019, the Annapolis Fire Department team of Firefighter First Class Jonathan Krisman, Firefighter First Class Louis Johnson and Lieutenant Michael Lonergan, Jr. received their trophy as the first winners of the Inaugural Annapolis Sailor's Triathlon which was held July 28, 2018.  This race consisted of a 500 meter swim across the Spa Creek, a 12 mile bicycle course through Annapolis and across the Naval Academy Bridge to Greenbury Point and a 3.8 mile run through the streets of Annapolis and the USNA.  Congratulations to our team!

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