Victor Howard Size, 51, of Stevensville, Maryland and formally of Bladensburg, Maryland, died July 1, 2008 while at the Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis with his loving wife Laurie and his family by his side. Victor was born in Washington, DC on January 31, 1957 and was the son of Al and Gerry Size of North Beach, Maryland.
Mr. Size worked for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) in the capacity of Emergency Management Officer and Fire Life Safety Liaison where he was instrumental in providing significant training programs and hands on learning experiences involving subway operations to over 15,000 emergency services personnel locally and worldwide. He has served as a member of the Washington Metropolitan Area Council of Governments Passenger Rail Safety Subcommittee and mentored mass transportation experts from Israel, Malaysia, Korea, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Denmark and The United Kingdom.
Mr. Size was a life member of the Marlboro Volunteer Fire Department and served as Fire Chief for the Department. After twenty plus years of service in Marlboro, he relocated to Stevensville, and served with the United Communities Volunteer Fire Department, where he was fulfilling his second term as Fire Chief when he passed. He held numerous training and educational certifications relative to his fire service career and his work with the transportation industry. In addition he has served for years as a field instructor with the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute located at the University of Maryland in College Park. He also worked tirelessly for the Maryland State Firemens Association, the Maryland Fire Chiefs Association, and for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
He is survived by Laurie Size, his wife of 14 years. Surviving are five children, Carrie Size of Laurel, Jamie Size of Laurel, Adam Zell of Stevensville, Traci Hajducsek and husband Eric of Odenton, and Tiffany Brett and husband Christopher who both are serving in Iraq with the United States Army. The other love of his life is his grandson Dominik Hajducsek who is 2 years old. He is also survived by his sisters Vicki Baxter and husband Gene of Chesapeake Beach, Vinny Dodson and husband Dod of Burke, Virginia along with nieces and nephews.
Firefighter Michael Schwink
It is with deep sadness that the United Communities Volunteer Fire Department in Queen Annes County, Maryland, announces the untimely passing of Firefighter/EMT Michael Clark Schwink. Michael has been battling cancer for two years and succumbed on June 14, 2009. Firefighter Schwink has been with United Communities Volunteer Fire Department since 2005 and recently receive his certification as an EMT. At the time of his death he was assistant treasurer, serving his second term on the board of directors and the uniform committee.
He is survived by his newlywed wife and best friend Melissa Lynn Schwink. He is also survived by a loving family, including his parents Patricia and Glenn Schwink; brother and sister-in-law, Christopher and Laura Schwink; maternal grandparents, Rena and Garrett German; his paternal grandfather, Eugene Schwink; mother-in-law, Pamela McNicol; father-in-law, Stuart McNicol; sister-in-law, Heather McNicol; nieces Olivia and Jesse; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
John V. Simkins
John V. Simkins succumbed to lung cancer on February 7, 2011 while he was resting comfortably at home. John had been with the United Communities Volunteer Fire Department since July 2008 and with his skills as a mechanic, provided maintenance support to the fire equipment along with efforts to assist with our building and grounds projects. John would visit the fire station daily and worked to assist our younger members as they worked to develop their fire service skills. In the past he served with several volunteer fire departments in Prince Georges County including the Bowie Volunteer Fire Department, Company 19, the West Lanham Hills Volunteer Fire Department, Company 28 and 48, and the Silver Hill Volunteer Fire Department, Company 29.
Line of Duty Deaths
Firefighter David Brinkley suffered a fatal heart attack on September 21, 1998, at the fire station, after responding to a car fire. A lifetime member of the United Communities Volunteer Fire Department, he served for 25 years and was one of the top three responders every year. Over the years, he served as President, Chief, Captain, and Pump Operator.
Brinkley was employed by the Maryland State Highway Administration for more than 20 years.
He was survived by his wife, Barbara; his father, William; brothers Dennis Brinkley, Wayne Brinkley, and James Dorner; and sisters, Sharon Brinkley and Rosa Politowicz.