National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Gene Meir Kirchner

Firefighter/EMT Gene Kirchner of the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company died on May 2, 2013, eight days after he was critically injured while fighting a house fire and attempting to rescue a resident of the building.

Although he was only 25 at the time, Gene had been associated with the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company for nearly a decade, having joined the company’s ranks as a junior firefighter at the age of 16. Two years later, he officially became a volunteer firefighter/EMT. In his tenure, Gene had responded to more than 3,000 emergency calls, earning top responder status multiple years.

Gene was born August 22, 1987, in Israel. He was a 2006 graduate of Owings Mills High School, where he lettered in cross country and track, and was an all-county band selection. After graduation, he attended the University of Advancing Technology in Phoenix, Arizona.

Among his family and friends, Gene is remembered as a fun uncle, the family peacemaker, and a hero. The dependable young man enjoyed spending time with his mom. He was a dedicated friend who had a big heart and whose smile lit up a room. He enjoyed playing video games and watching movies, but above all he enjoyed serving his community.

In addition to his volunteer job, Firefighter Kirchner worked as a dispatch controller and EMT for Butler Medical Transport.

Gene Kirchner is survived by his parents, Paulette and Gene; his siblings, April, Shelly, and twin brother Will; his three nieces and one nephew; two brothers-in-law; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Gene was a dedicated firefighter, and his colleagues note that when he responded to a call, he was on a mission to save lives, not just to put out a fire. It was that dedication that earned him the department’s Medal of Honor, which was awarded posthumously.

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  1. Thank you Gene for doing the job you loved and thank you for teaching my son what you knew and being a friend

    – Tina Gordon
  2. Gene, you fly So High, floating on unto Heaven’s own Paradise! Watching over all forevermore you are, Amen, RIP !

    – Jennifer Frenkil
  3. I watch the video of the fallen Firefighter/EMT Gene Kirchner. He was a great fire fighter and a great man who cared. He will always be honored and forever remembered. Thank you, Firefighter/EMT Gene Kirchner for all you did, Forever Rest In Peace!

    – Rachel Blitz
  4. Firefighter/EMT Gene Kirchner,
    We continue to remember you, your service and sacrifice for your community!
    May God Bless you, and to his closest friends and family may his memory be a blessing!

    – Justin M