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STATter 911 discovers second firehouse where convicted arsonist volunteered. Southern MD chief says background check failed to show record.

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At the Bryans Road Volunteer Fire Department (Charles County Station 11), Napoleon Queen was well thought of. Chief Phil Hamrick says Queen was a good firefighter. What Hamrick says he didn’t know until Queen moved away was that Queen was also a convicted arsonist.

This is at least the second volunteer fire department in Maryland where Napoleon Queen has answered emergency calls since his 1990 arrest. More recently Queen lived at the Ritchie Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George’s County. His tenure at Ritchie came to an end on Tuesday after STATter 911 began asking questions about Queen’s conviction.


In Bryans Road, Chief Hamrick says he does not know why a background check failed to show that Napoleon Queen was part of an arson ring involving young volunteer firefighters in Prince George’s County. Queen was 21-years-old when fire investigators solved a series of arsons in vacant homes.

In Prince George’s County an investigation is underway looking at why Queen was allowed to respond on emergency calls at the Ritchie station beginning in July, 2007. Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department Chief Spokesman Mark Brady stands by his statements earlier in the week that no follow-up was needed after Chief Lawrence Sedgwick issued an order in September that Napoleon Queen was not to be a part of fire department operations.

Ritchie Volunteer Fire Department Vice-President Larry Lee says that the leadership at Ritchie did not receive that notice. Queen continued to live at the firehouse and ride the fire engines until STATter 911 began asking questions on Tuesday. Lee says that Queen was ordered out of the fire station that same day after officials confirmed the information we found on a State of Maryland website.

STATter 911 has been unable to contact Napoleon Queen.

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