D.C. firefighter dies after highway accident in Pennsylvania

A D.C. firefighter has died a week after he was injured in a roadside crash in Pennsylvania, the fire department says. Robert “Bob” Marshall was in critical condition after the crash along Interstate 81 on Friday, April 13. Marshall was standing in front of his truck on I-81 that night when another truck rear-ended the vehicle, causing his truck to strike him. D.C. Fire and EMS said Marshall was a 20-year veteran of the department. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and fellow firefighters,” the department tweeted Saturday.

On Sunday, black bunting was hung up along the front of the Engine 29 firehouse on MacArthur Boulevard NW where Marshall worked. “It’s definitely empty today,” firefighter Toree Holmes told News4. Marshall’s colleagues say he was the guy that held things together. “Off-duty and on-duty he always just put everybody else ahead of himself, you know, no matter what. Good situation, bad situation,” Holmes said. He was the firehouse’s cook, a vital role that Marshall fulfilled with the confidence of a gourmet chef. “We’re kind of a diverse group here. Everybody likes different stuff. He’d cook three different meals twice a day,” said D.C. Fire & EMS Lt. Joe Boling. Marshall was also an EMT and did ambulance duty in addition to fighting fires. Boling said his dedication went beyond the firehouse. “Christmas time Bob was the Santa Clause for the neighborhood. You know, he started on me in October,” Boling said.

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