Bryan “Hammy” Hamilton was born on January 22, 1978, in Charles County, Maryland, to Jennings Woodrow and Shirley Sylvia Hamilton. Bryan was a beloved son, brother, uncle, and friend. To Bryan, family was everything. Bryan loved Major League Baseball, especially the St. Louis Cardinals.
Throughout his childhood, Bryan was determined to become a federal firefighter. Like many families, Bryan followed in the footsteps of his brother, Jimmy. He would always be found at the firehouse interacting with all members. His hard work, perseverance, and passion led to that dream coming true.
On September 22, 2002, Firefighter Bryan Hamilton was hired by the Naval District Washington Fire Department and assigned to the Naval Support Facility, Indian Head. He remained there for his entire career, serving as driver/operator, managing the department’s personal protective equipment inventory, and was awarded two Life Saving Awards from Commander Navy Installation Command.
On December 13, 2020, while on duty and performing normal job duties, Firefighter/EMT Bryan “Hammy” Hamilton and three colleagues were unknowingly exposed to the COVID-19 virus. Firefighter Hamilton developed symptoms and on December 20, 2020, he tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and was subsequently admitted to the hospital on December 23. Tragically, on January 1, 2021, Firefighter/EMT Hamilton died as a result of firefighter occupational exposure/COVID-19.
He was an active life member of Bryans Road Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as captain. Hammy touched so many lives; he was selfless beyond measure and always stepped up to handle any task no one else wanted to do. He strove to create a strong sense of brotherhood, make a difference, and always looked for opportunities to better the department. Firefighter/EMT Bryan P. “Hammy” Hamilton was 42 years old and had served the citizens of Maryland for 26 years.