Honoring a hero who gave the ultimate sacrifice, saving others’ Lives.
On Friday night a celebration of life for Howard County Firefighter Nathan Flynn brought in first responders from all over the state who paid their respects.
“Firefighters, EMS, Law Enforcement, Emergency Department Staff both physicians and nurses, techs it’s all one big family we support each other,” said Sandee Gelven.
Flynn was on the first floor of a home in Clarksville when he fell through the floor and into the basement.
He was a thirteen-year veteran of the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services.
“He worked with my brother and he was my brothers recruit when he came into the department,” said Howard County Fire Retiree Tom Washington.
Washington got to know Flynn through family and career.
“He was funny I always used to tell the guys when I went into work make it fun,” said Washington. “When you come into work make it fun, make your job enjoyable. Let people know when you’re out there serving them that you’re happy to do so. He was just one of those guys man that he made you laugh.”
The department posthumously promoted the 34-year-old to the rank of Lieutenant.
Washington said to be willing to sacrifice your life to save others it takes a certain kind of person.
“It takes a person that’s committed to serving others. It takes a person whose fearless. It takes a person with commitment and an understanding when you commit to this kind of job that it’s a dangerous one.”
In honor of Flynn several businesses are holding fundraisers to help his wife and children.
“Fire departments a brotherhood a sisterhood. We will continue to support his family and any other individuals that need supporting until they no longer ask for it bottom line.”
Funeral services are Saturday morning at 11 am at Mountain Christian Church.
Main Street Tower in Bel Air will hold a fundraiser at 4 p.m. Friday.
On Saturday, Looney's Pub in Bel Air will donate a portion of its sales to Flynn's family. On Saturday and Sunday, Bella's Tea Room in Flynn's hometown of Havre de Grace will donate 25 percent of their proceeds to his family.