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Aug 22, 2022

Total disability award voids later workers’ comp claim, Md. high court says

A firefighter who retired with “total disability retirement benefits” for a back injury cannot later seek workers’ compensation when his hearing fades, Maryland’s top court ruled last week.

Firefighters embrace one another after a deceased firefighter was pulled out of a building collapse while battling a two-alarm fire in a vacant row home on Jan. 24 in Baltimore. Officials said several firefighters died during the blaze. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
Apr 13, 2022

Deaths of Baltimore firefighters in rowhouse fire ruled homicides

The deaths of three Baltimore firefighters who got trapped in a burning vacant home when it partially collapsed were determined to be homicides, city police said.

Aug 17, 2021

Md. high court affirms $30.7M award to Baltimore police, fire retirees

A unanimous Maryland high court on Monday upheld a $30.7 million award to Baltimore police and firefighters who were retired or retirement eligible as of June 30, 2010, to compensate them for the city’s elimination that year of a stock market-based benefit from its pension program. The Court of Appeals affirmed Baltimore City Circuit Judge […]

Apr 8, 2020

Judge awards $30.7 million to Baltimore police, fire retirees

A Baltimore judge on Tuesday awarded $30.7 million to retired and retirement-eligible city police and firefighters in compensation for changes Baltimore made to its pension system that eliminated a stock market-based benefit. Baltimore City Circuit Judge Julie R. Rubin’s award has been stayed pending an appeal by the city. Counsel for the police and firefighters […]

Mar 11, 2019

Imagine a Supreme Court with more than nine justices

Welcome to Monday, the 60th anniversary of the Broadway premiere of “A Raisin in the Sun.” Here are some news items to get your week started: — Will “packing” the Supreme Court be part of the Democratic platform? — Should ex-convicts be permitted to work as firefighters? — Are lawyers being bullied by judges? — Should […]

Oct 12, 2016

Eatery’s foundation gives equipment grants to Md. fire companies

The Florida-based Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, the nonprofit of Firehouse Subs, is set to mark more than $50,000 in equipment grants to Maryland fire companies at local Firehouse Subs franchise restaurants on Friday. Westminster Fire Engine & Hose Co. No. 1 received an all-terrain vehicle with skid unit worth $28,429, which will let firefighters work in areas impassable by [&h[...]

Apr 7, 2016

Md. panel adds retirement income break for police, fire, to tax plan

ANNAPOLIS — A Maryland Senate panel has added a tax break on retirement income for law enforcement and emergency services personnel to an overall tax-relief plan. The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee made the changes Wednesday, sending it to the full Senate. The panel essentially added a Senate tax-relief plan and the break on retirement […]

Mar 14, 2016

Officials: 8 firefighters hurt in Md. townhouse fire collapse

GERMANTOWN — Fire officials in Maryland say eight firefighters were injured in a collapse at a burning townhouse in Germantown. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue officials say the fire broke out in a home early Monday. Fire Chief Scott Goldstein says in a video message posted online that the firefighters were injured when the front […]

Feb 5, 2015


Former firefighter appeals dismissal of breach of contract claim against the city of Baltimore, arguing it was premature and an abuse of discretion to decide Appellant did not have grounds to pursue a breach of contract claim per the Memorandum of Understanding.

Aug 6, 2014

Baltimore wins round in battle over police, firefighters pension reform

A federal judge erred in finding the change from a variable benefit to a staggered annual cost-of-living adjustment unconstitutional, the federal appeals court held Wednesday.

Aug 21, 2013

Baltimore, firefighters agree on 3-year contract

Baltimore and two unions representing fire department employees have reached agreement on a 3-year contract. Members of the two unions voted approval of the contract on Tuesday. It calls for a 2 percent pay raise retroactive to July 1. It also calls for a 14.5 percent raise for fire suppression personnel on Jan. 1, 2014. […]

Aug 15, 2013

Baltimore County nurses OK contract extension

The Baltimore County Federation of Public Health Nurses has approved a two-year extension of its contract with the county, the county executive’s office announced Thursday.

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