Maryland Line Vol. Fire Co. Member Dies After 48 Years With Department

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On Wednesday, January 14, Richard A. Jones of the Maryland Line Volunteer Fire Company passed away in his sleep following his shift at the department.

According to Fire Chief Brad Wright, Jones, 65, went home after his shift, went to bed, and never woke up. Wright said that Jones died of heart related issues and that because he died within 24 hours of his shift, his death is considered line of duty under the Hometown Heroes Survivor Benefits Act.

Jones had been a member of the fire company since 1956 and during that time had served as captain, president, vice president, and as a member of the board of directors. Wright called Jones one of the best in the department and said that his death hadn