Submitted by his wife David Michael Turney was 50 years old when he died May 6‚ 2002‚ unexpectedly while on duty as a 911 dispatcher for Garrett County‚ Maryland. Even though Dave was not on a fire call at the time of his death‚ it was no surprise to find that he had been on one within 24 hours of his death.
Dave was a 26-year veteran of the Oakland Volunteer Fire Department‚ where he served in his current position as treasurer for the past 16 years. He was also a 27-year veteran of the Southern Garrett Rescue Squad‚ where he served as treasurer for the past 2 years. As if these two groups were not enough to keep Dave busy‚ he was also an active member of B.P.O.E. Lodge 2481 where he was serving as Leading Knight.
Over the years‚ Dave was involved in many groups and functions. In addition to those already mentioned‚ he served as Mayor of Mountain Lake Park‚ Maryland‚ for 12 years. As one person stated‚ ‘his beloved Mountain Lake Park.’
As quoted by one of Dave’s friends and fellow firefighters‚ ‘Many people join various organizations in their community in order to build an impressive resume or as a means of looking to gain something material in return. Some‚ however‚ do so purely from a desire to be of service to others in as many ways as possible. That was Dave Turney.’
Dave is survived by his wife. Rose Ann (Davis) Turney; a brother; Gary Turney; a sister‚ Sharon Turney; other family members; and many friends within the community that will never forget all he did to make all our lives a little better in one way or another.