Brian Dennis Neville began his fire career at age 16 as a volunteer in Howard County‚ Maryland. He graduated from Anne Arundel Community College with an A. A. degree and his EMT-P. He began working for the Baltimore County Fire Department in 2001. For six years‚ he was assigned to Station 11 in Hillendale and was a preceptor to other paramedics.
Brian was a part-time ALS provider with Harford County Volunteer Fire EMS Foundation and was one of the first medics hired into the system. He served on the QA board and was a friend and mentor to the staff. He loved his job and often shared this love with school children‚ talking to them about the fire service on his days off. A week before he died‚ he gave a presentation to his son’s preschool classes.
Brian loved his family‚ and they enjoyed visiting him at the station while he was on duty. The night that he died‚ Brian was serving as a district EMS lieutenant at Station 17 in Texas‚ Maryland. He suffered a sudden cardiac arrest while working the nightshift.
Brian’s EMS shift commander wrote‚ ‘Paramedic Neville treated every patient‚ on every call‚ with only the utmost in professionalism and compassion. The community has suffered a tremendous loss in Brian’s death.’ Posthumously‚ in July 2009‚ Brian received the 2009 Maryland region American Legion EMS ‘Provider of the Year’ award for saving the life of a ten-year-old boy who was severely bitten by a neighbor’s dog. The boy’s femoral artery was severed‚ but he underwent surgery and has returned to a normal life‚ including playing football.
Brian‚ who was 32‚ is survived by his wife‚ Katie; two sons‚ Carson‚ age 5‚ and Cameron‚ age 4; his one-year-old daughter‚ Carleigh; a sister‚ Kristen; his parents‚ Jane and Dennis; an aunt; two uncles; and several cousins. We love you‚ Brian‚ and you will always live on in our hearts.