BURTONSVILLE, Md. - A Montgomery County firefighter has passed away while he was on duty on Friday, authorities said.
Charles “Rick” Gentilcore was found unresponsive suffering a medical condition by co-workers at around 3:30 p.m. Friday inside the Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Department station, said Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesperson Pete Piringer. CPR was performed on Gentilcore and the 52-year-old was taken to Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring where he was pronounced dead.
Gentilcore was a 23-year veteran of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service.
With the help of Montgomery County police, Gentilcore's body was escorted from the hospital to the medical examiner’s office in Baltimore Friday night for an autopsy.
With profound sadness MCFRS Fire Chief Scott Goldstein announces the on-duty death of Firefighter/Rescuer Charles 'Rick' Gentilcore, FS715 pic.twitter.com/2YlCvsgUOk— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) April 7, 2017
MCFRS Honor Guard & other units escorted Fallen Fire Fighter Charles R. Gentilcore, & family, from Holy Cross Hospital to OCME in Baltimore pic.twitter.com/1w9CjT8npW— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) April 8, 2017
~Dozen MoCo PD provided MCFRS escort to Baltimore. MCFRS & BVFD crews joined in as Prayers were offered w/ the Gentilcore family in Balt pic.twitter.com/9KONzppOUe— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) April 8, 2017
In honor of fallen firefighter Rick Gentilcore pic.twitter.com/pKpQTarbmj— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) April 8, 2017
Our thoughts are with the family of FF Rick Gentilcore, who passed away while on duty at Station 15 today. Rest easy brother.— Takoma Park VFD (@tpvfd) April 8, 2017
Prayers to our friends in Montgomery County on the untimely death of FF Gentilcore. Life Member at Burtonsville VFD and now MCFRS career.— Dunkirk VFD (@DunkirkVFD) April 8, 2017