How did Captain Josh Laird die? Frederick Fire Department member of 21 years mourned by team
'The void that he leaves behind will never be filled,' Fire Chief Thomas Coe said during a press conference on August 11 evening
FREDERICK COUNTY, MARYLAND: Frederick County's fire department announced the death of one of their own in the evening of August 11. Captain Josh Laird, who had completed 21 years with the department, died tragically leaving his coworkers in a state of grief. The Career Firefighters Association of Frederick County made the announcement on their Facebook page.
Speaking of firefighters dying tragically, Texas native Elijah Snow was found dead in a resort bathroom in Mexico a few blocks away from where he was spending a vacation to commemorate his wedding anniversary. His body was found dangling from a small bathroom window and the family believes he was killed and his body was later stuffed into the small space. Jonathan Tatone from Los Angeles went on a shooting spree killing one and leaving another in critical condition after a workplace argument. The off-duty firefighter later pulled the trigger on himself. A Santa Clarita firefighter shot two colleagues then burnt down his home after which he killed himself in May this year.
How did Captain Josh Laird die?
"Local 3666 is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Captain Josh Laird. Brother Laird was injured on a house fire in Ijamsville this evening and later succumbed to his injuries sustained at the fire," read an excerpt from the post. "Please keep Captain Laird’s family in your thoughts and prayers as well as our DFRS family, as we mourn the loss of our colleague. As more information about arrangements for Honoring Captain Laird’s service to his community becomes available, we will announce through appropriate Departmental and Social Media channels."
"Thank you for the outpouring of support we have seen this evening. We will need that support in the coming days and weeks and it means more than you know. Please hold your loved ones a little tighter this evening and pray for our fallen Brother," the update continued.
According to Frederick County Deputy Chief Steven Leatherman, Captain Josh Laird was responding to a house fire incident in the 9500 block of Ball Road, Iljamsville. He entered the house and fell through the floor into the basement after which he declared a 'mayday' and a rescue operation was initiated. The 21-year veteran with Frederick County FD was escorted into a helicopter and taken to MedStar Georgetown University Hospital where he died from the injuries sustained. "The void that he leaves behind will never be filled," Fire Chief Thomas Coe said during a press conference held in the night on August 11. "Losing Captain Laird feels like we’ve lost one of our own," read a line from the tribute posted for Laird on Frederick Police Department's Facebook page.