On the Sunday morning after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Asst.Chief Douglas Thomas, age 41, was responding to a reported boat fire at the Kent Island Yacht Club at Kent Narrows when the fire engine he was driving struck a utility pole and overturned. Doug suffered serious spinal injuries. Asst. Chief Thomas defied expectations and struggled to hold on to life for almost two years. He passed away on July 9, 2003.