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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

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Battalion Chief
Age: 46
Year of Death: 2021

Christopher D. Morlan

Christopher David Morlan was born on June 23,1975, to David and Gina Morlan of Hyattsville, Maryland. He attended South River High School, where he excelled in baseball and arts. Chris enjoyed terrorizing his sisters, Kelly Evans and Stacey Taylor. He attended Frostburg College, where he concentrated on visual arts and graphic design degrees. Chris had another calling in life and left college before graduating. His passion for the fire service took him on a road to get hired professionally.

In July of 1998, Chris started his career with Frederick County Department of Fire and Rescue. Chris poured his heart and soul into his career as a firefighter. He quickly promoted within the department while serving at Independence Hose Company and United Fire and Steam Company. Chris loved being downtown in the heart of Frederick City. He continued to serve as a county safety officer and then into the role of captain of the safety office. In 2020, Chris hit his ultimate goal of becoming a battalion chief. He excelled in all aspects of his 22-year career. He spent copious hours diving into training and preparing his crews for the job.

Chris left behind his wife, Nicole Morlan; and his children, Christopher David Jr. (and mother, Belinda), Patrick, Nathaniel, and Abigail (and mother, Emily), and Bohdi (mother, Nicole). He also was the stepfather to Noah, Ava, and Evan Chow. Chris loved nothing more than his children and family. He spent countless hours on a baseball field or basketball court coaching his children. He took on various volunteer roles within Thurmont Little League and Catoctin Youth Basketball Association. Chris loved watching his children succeed.

Chris’s untimely death in December of 2021 took him away from his family. He was loved by so many and is truly missed by his children. Every day his children continue to make him proud with the service and dedication to their studies and sports.

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  1. Christopher also left behind his parents David and Gina Morlan, and sisters Kelly Evans and Stacey Taylor. All who love and miss him every day.
    Also note that Chris honorably served the citizens of Frederick County, MD for 23 years and was a decorated firefighter, a recipient of the Gold Medal of Valor, two Life Saving Awards and numerous Unit Citations.

    – Gina Morlan
  2. Christopher D. Morlan followed in his father’s footsteps, after brief college stint Christopher decided to come home and become a volunteer Firefighter with Mt. Rainier volunteer Fire Department (Station 3 in Prince George’s county Md) once he completed all his required training to become an active riding member of the department Christopher knew he had found his calling in life, over the next several years Chris tested with numerous city and county fire departments. Christopher was eventually hired in Fredrick County fire a rescue department after his completion of recruit training, Christopher went on to a very fine career serving the citizens of Fredrick County and the State of Maryland for 23 years . Christopher left behind 5 children that he loved and cherished most in life always being there for them and with them, pushing them to do and give there very best. Christopher made his family very proud especially his father who was a retried Fire Captain. Christopher is a will always be missed by his children but most of all his immediate family, his father David Morlan, his mother Gina Morlan, and his two sisters Kelly Evans and Stacey Taylor. 23 # Strong forever but never forgotten. Love you Big Guy

    – David Morlan