Hundreds attend services for firefighter found dead

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MD-Montgomery-COunty-firefighter-Gentilcore-5MCFRS firefighter Charles “Rick” Gentilcore has died after being found unconscious in a local fire station.   COURTESY PHOTOA Montgomery County firefighter died last week after being found unconscious at the Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Department, Fire Station 15.

MCFRS Spokesperson Pete Piringer said Charles “Rick” Gentilcore, 52, sat down and was later found unresponsive in a chair at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 7 according to witnesses.

Immediate medical treatment was initiated. Gentilcore was then transported in critical condition to Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring and died later that day.


Friends and family honor Short

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A former Montgomery County Public School head football coach was laid to rest last weekend.

Dr. James Short, who guided the Montgomery Blair football program from 1995-2003, was memorialized at Lackey High School in Charles County on Saturday, March 26.

Short, who died suddenly of kidney failure on March 21 at the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata, was 58.


Grief and nothing but heartbreak and anger

Aluminum Winged Caduceus Silver Spring MD

There is absolutely nothing worse in life, nothing, than to lay your child to rest.
Absolutely nothing.
The hole created in one's heart can never be filled. Combine this with the fact that six beautiful young children will grow up without their devoted father and we have a catastrophe of immeasurable proportion. That is the devastating loss I and my family and the family of my son face and will face for the rest of our lives.
My son made choices that made his life and the lives of those closest to him more complicated than they ever needed to be.
But he was also the most personable and likable individual you would ever want to meet and the person with the biggest heart.
He was also the most positive individual I have ever known and the devastation of his loss cannot be captured into words. However, this is an extremely personal loss and it is not my intention to share my grief with the readers of this newspaper.
What I will share with readers and what this column is about is my experience in dealing with the Philippines, specifically a Philippine hospital.


Tillman remembered for community work

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Dr. Ulder TillmanDr. Ulder Tillman. FILE PHOTO  

Several hundred people crowded into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Friday morning to say goodbye to Ulder Jane Tillman, who was memorialized as a dedicated public health care worker, a wonderful teacher to young children, a religious woman and a great dancer who could really move her hips.

Tillman died suddenly Jan. 3 at the age of 67. For the past 13 years, Tillman had been the chief of Public Health Services for Montgomery County.

She had degrees from such prestigious institutions as Harvard University School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, but those who know her well said she was never one to flaunt her education.

"She was humble and down-to-earth," said Uma Ahluwalia, director of Health and Human Services for Montgomery County. "Her dedication, her compassion, her commitment to public health is what everyone keeps talking about," said Ahluwalia, who had worked with Tillman for 10 years.


Al Thomas - Dean of Sherwood coaches dies

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Al ThomasAl Thomas. FILE PHOTO  

Al Thomas, an iconic figure in Maryland high school football circles, has passed away. He was 76.

Thomas, who won eight state championships at three different high schools in Montgomery County, lost his battle with cancer on Friday, December 23. He spent the final days of his life in hospice care.


County health official Dr. Ulder Tillman dies

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Dr. Ulder TillmanDr. Ulder Tillman. COURTESY PHOTO

Montgomery County Health Officer and Chief of Public Health Services Dr. Ulder Tillman died suddenly today after 13 years of service working for the County.  

Tillman was known for her public health awareness campaigns on the Zika virus, Lyme disease and Ebola. Tillman gave several presentations to the County Council about Zika and lead a public awareness campaign about how residents could prevent mosquito bites and what they needed to know about the virus, during the Zika outbreak last year.


It is never too soon son

Chewie grabbing Leia

I have been to the mountain top and I have seen brothers and sisters!
No, seriously, I spent the Christmas vacation with the family at a friend’s cabin in the Catskills at the top of a mountain where there was no internet and no cell service. The cabin had no satellite television and I spent four days completely disconnected from the rest of the world.
Pure bliss.
I came down from the mountain top expecting to hear more about Presidential politics and was happy that was not the case.
But I did find George Michael, Carrie Fisher and Vera Rubin died.


Takoma Park soldier dies from injuries in country

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SFC Allan E. Brown of Takoma Park- courtesy of Fort Hood press centerSFC Allan E. Brown. COURTESY PHOTO  

Sgt. 1st Class Allan E. Brown, age 46, died at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Tuesday after he suffered injuries from an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, according to a U.S. Army news release.


Coach "Moo" dead at 57

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Dan MakosyKennedy Head Coach Dan Makosy died Nov. 16. FILE PHOTO  

One of Montgomery County’s most beloved and respected football coaches lost his battle with cancer last week.

Kennedy Head Coach Dan Makosy died Nov. 16 after a battle with colon cancer. He was 57.

During a decade-long tenure at Damascus, Makosy became one of the most successful football coaches in Montgomery County history.

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