Brian D. Neville, a 32-year-old father of three, was working overnight at the station on York Road as a temporary emergency services supervisor. His colleagues came to relieve him in the morning and found him dead in the private quarters of the district supervisor.
“He was one of our stellar members,” said Mike Day, president of the county’s fire union. “You could tell he was going to climb the career ladder. He was just incredibly dedicated.”
Neville, who lives in the Abingdon community of Harford County, normally works as a paramedic assigned to the Hillendale station. Fire officials could not say if there were other employees in the station Wednesday night or if there were indications of the cause of his death.
That will be determined after the state’s medical examiner performs an autopsy, said department spokeswoman Elise Armacost.
“I can say that he did not die while responding to an incident,” Armacost said.
Neville’s death is considered in the line of duty and he will be buried with full honors, according to Day. He joined the department in 2001 and previously worked in the county’s Westview, Woodlawn and Catonsville stations.
He is survived by his wife and three preschool-aged children, officials said. Funeral services will be held at Ruck Funeral home in Towson.