The Associated Press and the Baltimore Sun report that volunteer fire chief Charles Clough, Junior, was killed in a one-vehicle accident on April 15, 2009, while responding to an emergency call. He was 41 years old. Emergency workers who responded to the crash said that the man died at the scene of the truck accident, according to a spokesman for the Queen Anne’s County fire and medical emergency services, Kevin Aftung.
Clough was the commanding officer of the Sudlersville volunteer fire department in Queen Anne’s County. Around 7:45 on Wednesday, the man was in a company truck and received notice of a fire in Sudlersville. While rushing to the scene of the emergency, he lost control of his vehicle, left the roadway, and struck a tree. He was the only occupant in the truck at the time of the accident. Clough, who was known to friends and family as “Buck,” was responding to an appliance fire taking place on Main Street. The crash occurred on Sudlersville Cemetery Road near Duhamel Corner Road.
Clough became fire chief in January of this year and had been part of the volunteer fire department for 26 years. He had also been fire chief in past years and was re-elected to the position this year.
Governor Martin O’Malley has given the order to fly the Maryland state flag at half-mast until sunset of the day of the funeral in honor and in memory of the firefighter who fell in the line of duty.
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