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The death of local resident Mickey Lippy, a State Police Trooper and paramedic with the Gamber and Community Fire Co., is a tragedy in every sense, not the least of it in the terrible irony of occurring to Lippy, as well as a Medevac pilot and rescue worker, who were performing their duty to save others.

The accident that occurred in Prince George's County at about midnight on Sunday claimed Trooper Lippy's life, as well as the life of pilot Steve Bunker, Tanya Mallard of the Waldorf Rescue Squad and passenger Ashley Younger. (See story, Page 4.)

The response has been swift in honoring a fallen protector of the community.

Gamber officials on Monday reflected a sense of mourning and prayer for Lippy and his wife, Christina, who both played roles in serving at the fire company.

A state police statement reflected the force's deep loss as well, and even Lippy's alma mater, Calvert Hall College High School in Baltimore, where he graduated in 1992, issued a statement mourning his loss.

"Anyone that knew Mickey knew what he would end up doing with his life and career," said several of his classmates in a release sent from the school's Office of Communications. "He loved helping people and he ran bravely into situations most would fear. Mickey had a huge heart, an unwavering strength and was a true friend to many of us. He will be missed."

As The Eagle was going to press on Tuesday, announcements were made by the Gamber and Community Fire Co. for funeral services, as well as the establishment of a trust fund to support the Lippys' baby girl, Madison.

According to the Gamber release, those who wish to contribute may send donations to Harford Financial Group, Attn: Mallory, 836 S. Main St., Suite 105, Bel Air, MD 21015.Donors may make checks payable to "American Funds" and reference Madison Lippy in the memo line.

Meanwhile, the community is bracing for an emotional outpouring that will flow freely from the Gamber station.

A viewing will be held at the fire station's social hall on Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held there as well, on Friday starting at 11 a.m., and followed by internment at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium.

The fire station will also host a luncheon following the burial.


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