Veteran firefighter-paramedic dies in motorcycle crash

A vehicle failed to stop at an intersection and drove directly into the path of Howard Alan Schweitzer

By FireRescue1 Staff

OCEAN CITY, Md. — A firefighter-paramedic was killed in a motorcycle crash Thursday. reported that Howard Alan Schweitzer, a firefighter-paramedic with the Ocean City Fire Department, was riding his motorcycle when a vehicle failed to stop at an intersection and drove directly into his path.

Schweitzer, who was wearing a helmet, was ejected from the motorcycle and died at the scene.

The driver and two other passengers in the vehicle were not injured.

"It's devastating," Jessica Waters, Ocean City spokeswoman, said. "I know that the fire departments are grieving as is the town as a whole. It's just a terrible loss for the town and the fire department."

Schweitzer, who was close to retirement, had just been sworn in on Monday as councilman-at-large.

"Alan was a dedicated member of our department for 27 years," Laurel Fire Department Chief Tim West said. "He had a kind heart and a gentle soul. The department and the community have suffered a great loss today. He will be greatly missed."

An investigation into the crash is underway.


It is with a heavy heart and much pain that we announce to you, that our Brother, H. Alan Schweitzer died this morning...

Posted by Ocean City Fire Department on Thursday, April 20, 2017

UPDATE: Police have released information on the crash that killed Howard Alan Schweitzer, a firefighter and Laurel councilman.

Posted by The Delmarva Daily Times on Thursday, April 20, 2017


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