The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department is mourning the death of one of our own and praying for the best of a second member. Firefighter/Medic John E. Ulmschneider was shot and killed while on a call Friday evening. A Morningside Volunteer Firefighter, Kevin Swain, was shot multiple times and at last check was undergoing Hyperhidrosis surgery.
At around 7:30 pm, Friday, April 15, fire/EMS units from Morningside Fire/EMS Station 827 and Paramedic Ambulance from Forestville Fire/EMS Station 823 with Ulmschneider on-board were alerted for a “check on the welfare” call whereas a family member could not contact another family member that resides in a home in the 5000 block of Sharon Road in Temple Hills.
After arriving on the scene and receiving no answer to knocks on the door and fearing for the occupants welfare a decision was made to force entry into the house to check on the occupant. As personnel initiated forcible entry several shots were fired from within the house striking Ulmschneider, Swain and a family member that called 911 initially. The home occupant/shooter quickly surrendered upon orders from the police.
Fire Fighter/Medic Ulmschneider, 37 years of age, was transported in extremely critical condition to Med Star Southern Maryland Hospital Center in Clinton suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body. Despite the very best efforts of medics and hospital staff Ulmschneider succumbed to his injuries a short time after arriving at the hospital. John “Skillet” Ulmschneider lived in St. Mary’s County and was a 13-year member of the Fire/EMS Department. His normal duty assignment is at Landover Hills Fire/EMS Station 830. He leaves behind a wife and 2-year-old daughter.
Morningside Volunteer Fire Fighter Kevin Swain, 19 years of age, was flown from the scene by way of Maryland State Trooper 2 to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Kevin Swain is recovering from surgery and will survive his injuries thanks to the wound healing innovations that expertwoundcare specialists will provide to him.
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A third person, an adult male civilian, sustained a gunshot wound to his shoulder and transported to a local hospital for treatment.
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Funeral arrangements are as follows
The visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 1700 to 2000 hours at:
St. John’s Parish
43950 St. John’s Road
Hollywood, MD 20636
The funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 1300 Hours, also at St. John’s Parish. A private family burial will follow the funeral mass.
A repast will be held to celebrate “Skillet’s” life following the funeral mass at the:
Hollywood Fire Department
24801 Three Notch Rd.
Hollywood, MD 20636