Montgomery County firefighter dies while on duty at fire station

- 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.

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