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FF/PM John Calvert Greene (b. April 6, 1949) was one of the first members of the Anne Arundel County Firefighters’ Emerald Society. John was very proud of his Irish heritage, and he embodied the plucky spirit of the Irish people in his work, as well as in his personal life.
John served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, and during his combat tour he developed his famous attitude toward all things in life; namely, that he had seen the worst and risen above it, and that from that time forward he would never complain about whatever life had in store.
John was well-known among his peers for his sometimes outsized glee, often exhibited at 3:00 am to the chagrin of the people beside him. His enthusiasm was infectious, and one couldn’t help but be cheered by his often annoyingly exuberant personality. John would always arrive an hour early for his assigned shift, and had his duties wrapped up by 7:00 am most days.
John relished his career in the Fire Service from day one. He was one of AACO’s first medics, and he put his heart and soul into Emergency Medical Service, eschewing the more traditional role of Firefighter. But when called upon for suppression duties, he dove in with his usual intensity.
John was a man of many words, as is typical of Irishmen (and firefighters.) But he was also a very trustworthy friend and coworker, and a keeper of many secrets. He was a “stand-up guy,” in the parlance of the Fire Service.
John loved the game of golf, and was quite proficient (although his self-deprecating humor often led folks to believe otherwise.) He also loved his adult beverages, with Jameson and Gentleman Jack being his favorites. He doted on his lovely wife Rose, and his home was always immaculate.
John sadly passed away from metastatic lung cancer on July 31, 2004. He was still employed at the time. He was laid to rest at Garrison Forest Veterans’ Cemetery in Owings Mills, MD with full Fire Department honors.
John Greene embodied the charitable ideals of the Emerald Society, and was immensely proud of his membership therein.
He will be forever remembered, and deeply missed.