Southern Maryland first responder had 'medical emergency,' dies in line of duty Saturday

- A First Responder has died in the line of duty Saturday, Maryland officials say. North Beach Volunteer Fire Department say Rescue Captain Patricia Osburn died Saturday while working as an EMT for the Department.

"Patricia experienced a medical emergency," said North Beach Fire in a statement.

North Beach officials say Osburn was taken to Calvert Health Medical Center, where she was found unresponsive and despite resuscitative efforts, she was pronounced dead.

Officials say Osburn joined the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department in 1999 and served 18 years with the department. She received her Emergency Medical Technician certification in 2000 and has served as rescue sergeant, rescue lieutenant and rescue captain.

They say she also served on various committees for the department, contributing "selflessly to fundraising, banquets, membership drives and many other vital areas of our volunteer corporation."

She "earned her many awards including Squadsman of the Year, Top EMS Runner for several years as well as numerous recognitions for saving lives," North Beah fire says.,

"Her dedication to serving the community was immense and her influence, and friendship, will be greatly missed by all members and officers of the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department."

Funeral arrangements are to be determined.

Governor Larry Hogan said on Twitter:
"It is with a heavy heart that we learn of the passing of a dedicated first responder in the line of duty, volunteer Emergency Medical Technician Patricia "Pat" Osburn. Our prayers go out to Pat's family, the North Beach Volunteer Fire Dpt, and the greater Calvert County community"

Maryland Emergency Management posted: 
"In honor of Calvert County Emergency Medical Technician, Patricia "Pat" Osburn, who lost her life today while On Duty, we have lowered our Calvert County Flag in her honor.
We send our deepest condolences to all who knew this hero - gone too soon."

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