QUEEN ANNE — A volunteer firefighter died in the line of duty after suffering a medical emergency at the scene of a head-on crash early Saturday afternoon, Sept. 1, on state Route 404.
Assistant Fire Chief Danny Lister was working at the scene of the crash between Route 309 (Starr Road) and Old Queen Anne Road in Talbot County when he suffered a medical emergency, the Queen Anne-Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Company Inc. said Saturday night in a statement. Rescue personnel tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate Lister at the scene, and he was pronounced dead at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton.
Lister was among numerous volunteer firefighters, emergency medical services personnel, police and state highway crews who responded to the two-vehicle head-on crash that occurred about 1:48 p.m. Saturday.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Assistant Fire Chief Daniel Lister, a dedicated member of the Queen Anne-Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Company who passed away today while responding to a vehicle accident,” Gov. Larry Hogan wrote on his Twitter account Saturday night.
Hogan also ordered the United States flag and the Maryland flag to be flown at half-staff in honor and memory of Lister.
“The First Lady and I are keeping Chief Lister’s family in our prayers during this difficult time,” Hogan wrote on his Twitter account. “I have ordered flags to fly at half staff until he is laid to rest.”
Maryland State Police said the crash resulted in multiple injuries, and the fire company said there were multiple entrapped patients.
According to a post on the Eastern Shore Fire/EMS/Police Breaking News Facebook page, nine patients were taken for treatment — four by air and five by ground.
Motorists reported extensive delays, with Route 404 closed between Old Queen Anne Road and Route 309.
Maryland State Police from the Easton and Centreville barracks, the MSP Crash Team, and State Highway Administration, along with volunteer fire companies and emergency medical services, responded to the crash.