On Friday, April 7, 2017 Firefighter Rescuer III Charles R. Gentilcore was on duty at Burtonsville Fire Station 15. At about 3:30 pm, he was found unresponsive in the fire station by co-workers. Immediate medical treatment was initiated.
"Rick," age 52, was transported in critical condition to Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland. Despite the best efforts of paramedics and hospital staff, Rick succumbed a short time after arriving at the hospital.
Rick lived in Bowie, Maryland - Prince George's County. He was a twenty-three year member of the MCFRS: first serving as a volunteer with the Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Department (eleven years) and, most recently, as a career fire fighter rescuer (twelve years).
His last duty assignment was Burtonsville Fire Station 15. He leaves behind a wife, son, and extended family.
Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott E. Goldstein informed the MCFRS of the On-Duty Death and asked all to "Please keep the Gentilcore family and the entire MCFRS family in your thoughts and prayers as we work through this difficult time."
Viewing and funeral services are as follows:
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Department: http://www.bvfd.com/support/donate-online/
For the Funeral and Interment departments, honor units, and bands wishing to pay respect to Rick should email the contacts below for specific coordination.
Out of county departments are asked to utilize light duty/utility vehicles in lieu of large apparatus to facilitate ease of parking.