City Police Officer Dies After Crash

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Angela Jackson, Anne Kramer and Associated Press

City police officials said a police officer whose car hit a fire truck Wednesday morning has died from his injuries.

The Baltimore police department says Officer Tommy Portz died on the way to Shock Trauma.

According to police his cruiser hit the back of a fire truck that was stopped on West Franklin Street.

Portz was assigned to patrol at the Western District. He was a member of the Department’s hockey team where he played with Commissioner Bealefeld.

It happened around 10 a.m. in west Baltimore.

City fire department spokesman, Kevin Cartwright, says the fire engine responded to a report of an injured person. Firefighters were trying to locate that person when the police car rear-ended the fire engine, which was stopped in the road.

There is no word on the conditions of the firefighters. It is not clear whether the officer was responding to that scene or to another incident or whether he was driving with lights and sirens flashing.

Officer Portz worked for about ten years with the department.

Sgt. Brian Atwood worked along Portz and remembers him as a “man who made everyone laugh.”


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