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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - September 11, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               'NYPD' best series A3 'SKINS LOSE missed chances give win to Oakland B2 Leslie anvpnera Is stopped on the 1-yard line. S. River Colony second phase under way Bl TOMORROW- NICE PAGE All OCTU ARCHIVES IAUREL AVE i AIIRFL MD MONDAY SEPTEMBER MD 35C BWI rescue crews fear cutbacks State aviation panel poised to shrink squad By BRIAN STEINBERG Business Writer They sneaked around a locked door and rescued a pair ol frozen They set country singer Tommy Wynette's twisted ankle And they created the illusion of ram for the Elm Accidental But for the 60 men and women of the BWI Fire and Rescue these sorts of small-time events don't happen one after the hours of boredom followed by moments of sheer said Lt. Wayne an eight-year veteran who has seen his share of rescue operations. With expansion of the Baltimore- Washington International Airport's facilities a new million inter- national terminal is scheduled to be completed by 1997 members of the squad must keep one thing on their minds- The Big One No one hopes for a flaming 747 carrying 480 passengers on a plum- met from the but if it the department ought to be prepared firefighters said. Even as BWI blossoms into a facility that some say could eventu- ally be on par with Chicago's O'Hare the Maryland Aviation Ad- ministration would like to shrink the squad. The department's three shifts were each reduced from 14 people to 13 in June. And MAA Executive Director Theodore E. Mathison proposed Aug. 11 further reducing the minimum number to 12. A decision probably wfll not be reached until after Oct. 1 the crew is handling more and more in in and as of July accord- ing to the International Association of Firefighters Local which represents the airport fire depart- ment. Chief Thomas R McGinniss said 70 percent of those calls are usually for the squad's emergency medical ser- vice crew. The fire and rescue squads at National and Dulles International airports are slightly and Dulles' service calls was the busiest of the three regional according to the the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority. whaj they call a necessary said.Firefighter Niel who has lost hearing in one of his Photos by George N. Lundskow Trw Capital BWI Bill Joyce and Craig Peddlcord pry open the doors of an elevator In the airport garage. Tha pair was responding to the threat of a possible electrical but none was and no oae was present In tha elevator. A proposal to reduce the size of on-duty shifts at Ota airport would turn over lira caNa Inalda tha terminal to other ft re departments. the airport the fire it needs to and management doesn't look at it that way. They look at what the minimums Lt. Wayne Cook Fire Chief Thomas R. McOlnnlsa of MllleravNIe said that although tha department has not had an airplane crash In more than 25 tt remains busy. Firefighters an concerned cuts to the department staff would reduce tta effectiveness. ears because of the airplane noise. don't generate a lot of but without they couldn't make any of the revenue Other staffers referred to the MAA's perception of the squad as a type of insurance something to always have on hand even if it is not used constantly. MAA Deputy Administrator Ni- cholas J. Schaus said 12 firefighters on shift exceeds Federal Aviation Administration safety requirements. He said new fireflghting technology is less manpower intensive. certainly is an issue of how safe is he said. we have wrestled long and FAA standards for fireflghting equipment are based on airport traf- including flights by the jumbo 747s. BWI falls under the second highest category of Categ- ory with fewer than five 747 flights a day. While BWI sends seven vehicles out to an Mr. Schaus said the airport can surpass its require- ment with just three. the levels of staffing that we're reviewing right there's no question 12 people can far exceed the federal standards for the he said. He said the airport wants its fire team to focus more on the airfield Page Playing the name game Each hundreds of people go through the process of changing their names By BRIAN WHEELER Staff W.riter What's in a For some county probably more than you'd think. For whatever hundreds of people descend on the county court- house each year to change their mon- iker. For those who seek new names can represent a parting with the a new spouse or a political statement But those aren't the only reasons. Take Annapolis resident Johwan Jo- nathan Don. The 21-year-old shed his original John Hwan in April to as his request put misunderstandings and con- with the generic name was a I he said. The name switch wasn't difficult and didn't draw any complaints from his he said. His only gripe is that he sometimes writes his old name. The process of changing one's identi- ty is court officials say. Just send your request to Circuit place a legal notice in the newspaper within two judges almost al- ways approve the switch. a very simple said Robert G. the county court administrator. practically auto- Mr. Wallace has no complaints with the but some Maryland judges say new names can mean loads of paperwork in an already overcrowded judicial system. Each hundreds of Mary such as Kwang Eun Chun and So Eun Chun of Ellicott petition the court for new names. For Kwang Eun Chun and So Eun a name change was a chance to end the annoyance of trying to explain the spelling and pronunciation of their Korean first names. If the omnt ap- they plan on going by Kather- ine and Therisa. The court is required to give its permission as long as the judge has no reason to fear the new names will be used to commit fraud. But some judges say the procedure leads to frivolous and unnecessary court action. Take the case of the woman in a Howard County mental institution who changed her name from Susan to Luci- fer. Or the man who decided to go by Bill Clinton after the 1992 presidential election. probably should not be in the court system at Howard County Circuit Judge Dennis Sweeney said. all the court cases do we need And then there was Tyrone V. an Army sergeant at Fort George G. who wanted two years ago to change his name to Christ Man killed by boat in Cox Creek ByJOHNKEILMAN Staff Writer A Rockville man was killed over the weekend in a Queen Anne's County creek when he fell out of a speedboat and was struck by it. Brian K. was sitting on the bow of a 19-foot powerboat towing a water-skier in Cox Creek on Saturday. He was not in a but was perched on the side of the said Nancy a spokesman for the Natural Resources Police. When the boat turned Mr. Novesal fell overboard. The boat then ran over Ms. Howard said. Divers from the Kent Island and Grasonville volunteer fire departments recovered the body 114 hours around 8 p.m. Wayne K. a 32-year-old Rockville was piloting the boat. He has been charged with operating a boat while intoxicated and negligent operation for allowing Mr. to sit on the side of the craft. Ms. Howard said. Both charges are misdemeanors. The accident was similar to another fatality that occurred last month in Queen Anne's County waters. A Sever- na Park girl was killed in Jackson Creek Aug. 22 when she was struck by a jet ski after falling off another one. Police blamed her death on the operators not following the rules. The jet skis were bunched not 100 thing here is that even though you're in a vessel having there are certain regulations you have to follow. One of them is staying inside the boat. That's why they have Nancy Natural Resources Police feet apart as the law requires. Ms. Howard said Saturday's accident should reinforce the message that boat- ing rules are there for a reason. thing here is that even though you're in a vessel having there are certain..regulations you have to fol- she said. of them is staying inside the boat. That's why they have She said that was more the reason for the accident than the driver's alleged drinking. officers who patrol the waters call drunken boating one of the biggest problems they face. you feel compelled to you should at least have a designated opera- Ms. Howard said. patrols planned to stop bridge suicides Although he insisted that he was making the move to show his faith in God just a thing between me and he some county residents complained to the court that the idea was blasphemous. Sgt. Wright withdrew his but not before a judge OK'd the name change. He has since transferred to and it's unclear what name he uses today. For petitioners such as Marilyn Walt of the request is anything but frivolous. Shedding the name of a husband she divorced in 1988 and returning to her maiden allows her to fully break the she said. puts a finish to said the 51-year-okl teacher at Patuient Valley Middle School in Savage. just a name I really don't require Page By THERESA WINSLOW Staff Writer BALTIMORE Officials this mom- ing unveiled a three-pronged plan to combat bridge suicides that includes installing surveillance cameras on four Maryland increasing police pa- trols and training maintenance work- ers in suicide prevention. The plan would affect the four bridges under state Transportation Au- thority including the Bay Key Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge between Havre De Grace and and the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge Unking Morgan- and Va. The plan was drafted by the first- ever Bridge Safety Task which was assembled by the Transportation Authority to address the tragedy of bridge suicide and how it is reported by the media. The 10-member composed of transportation officials and psychiatric met from May until the end of July. who does'this it's disturbing to said Stephen L. executive secretary of the Trans- portation Authority. there is anything we can do to deter we believe it falls within our responsibility. we can we have a 100 percent chance of preventing suicide the he said. Mr. Reich would not comment on how many cameras would be used on the but said they would be installed first on the Bay Bridge by next spring. He said the Bay Bridge was picked first because its length makes it tough for police to monitor. So far this four people have leaped to their deaths from the Bay Bridge. Three came in March. A total of 19 people have ended their lives by leaping off the bridge since Transportation Authority officials started keeping track-in 1988. Not included in any of the figures are the three attempts statewide this like the one last week when a Virginia man was talked down from the top of a or the few people Page INSIDE Academy welcomes trium- phant Mkte. M____ AntndcH Report..... Bl Broadneck........... A7 Lottery................ A4 Calendar............. A8 AB ClftMffled............ B6 OUtaMrtM...........All Comes A6 PoHceBest..........All CroMword........... AS B2 Desth Notices...... A8 TetaMon........... of flit CanW printed day __ AM flisVl On 19vKmQ PBVV. inB mmt m CtaMHM....................268-7000 From Kant 327-lStJ AH otlMr 269 8000 III   

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