Montgomery Co. firefighter dies while on duty at station

WASHINGTON — He served 23 years with the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue service, and his watch ended at his post.

Co-workers found firefighter Charles Gentilcore, known as Rick, unresponsive and suffering from a medical condition at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Burtonsville Volunteer fire department.

Charles "Rick" Gentilcore died after suffering from a medical condition while on duty Friday, April 7, 2017, at the Burtonsville Volunteer fire department in Montgomery County, Md. (Courtesy MCFRS/Pete Piringer)
Charles “Rick” Gentilcore died after suffering from a medical condition while on duty Friday, April 7, 2017, at the Burtonsville Volunteer fire department in Montgomery County, Md. (Courtesy MCFRS/Pete Piringer)

Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott Goldstein holds a press conference Saturday on the death of firefighter Charles "Rick" Gentilcore. Gentilcore died Friday while on duty at the Burtonsville Volunteer fire department. (WTOP/John Domen)
Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott Goldstein holds a press conference Saturday on the death of firefighter Charles “Rick” Gentilcore. Gentilcore died Friday while on duty at the Burtonsville Volunteer fire department. (WTOP/John Domen)

The Chevy Chase fire department paid tribute to firefighter Charles "Rick" Gentilcore who died Friday while on duty at the Burtonsville Volunteer fire department.  (WTOP/John Domen)
The Chevy Chase fire department pays tribute to firefighter Charles “Rick” Gentilcore who died Friday while on duty at the Burtonsville Volunteer fire department. (WTOP/John Domen)

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Charles "Rick" Gentilcore died after suffering from a medical condition while on duty Friday, April 7, 2017, at the Burtonsville Volunteer fire department in Montgomery County, Md. (Courtesy MCFRS/Pete Piringer)
Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott Goldstein holds a press conference Saturday on the death of firefighter Charles "Rick" Gentilcore. Gentilcore died Friday while on duty at the Burtonsville Volunteer fire department. (WTOP/John Domen)
The Chevy Chase fire department paid tribute to firefighter Charles "Rick" Gentilcore who died Friday while on duty at the Burtonsville Volunteer fire department.  (WTOP/John Domen)

He was treated on the scene and taken to Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring where he died. He was 52 years old.

Fire and police department units from other counties escorted Gentilcore’s body as it was transported to the medical examiner in Baltimore to determine cause of death.

“We anticipate going to emergencies. When the emergency is one of our own, it is something that is tough,” said Fire Chief Scott Goldstein. “He was a great, hard-worker. Someone who was always moving, always doing something and always up and active.”

On Saturday, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan ordered state flags to be flown at half-staff in his honor.

WTOP’s John Domen contributed to this report.

Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a graduate of American University and The George Washington University.

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