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HARRY W. KLASMEIER WAS ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY'S first and longest serving Fire Chief. Born in Baltimore in 1923 and growing up in the city, he would spend his summers at Lombardee Beach on Stoney Creek in the county and later join the Lombardee Beach VFD.  In 1943, he signed on with the U.S. Army Air Corps and was trained as a radar specialist on B-29 “Superfortress” bombers. Fortunately, the war ended before Harry saw combat. He returned to school and concentrated on his career in fire protection.  After graduating from the Johns Hopkins University in 1949, with a degree in...

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