Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Sander Benjamin Cohen

Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Sander Benjamin Cohen

Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal, Maryland

End of Watch Friday, December 8, 2017

Sander Benjamin Cohen

Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Sander Cohen was struck and killed by a vehicle on southbound I-270, near Falls Road in Montgomery County, while assisting at the scene of another crash involving an off-duty FBI agent.

Deputy Chief Cohen was off duty when he encountered a single-vehicle crash that was blocking the left the lane of the interstate. He activated his flashers and notified the Maryland State Police barracks that he was checking on the welfare of the driver, Supervisory Special Agent Carlos Wolff. He and Agent Wolff were standing on the shoulder of the highway when another vehicle swerved to avoid the crash scene.

The vehicle struck Deputy Chief Cohen and Agent Wolff, throwing them both over the jersey wall into the northbound lanes. They both suffered fatal injuries as a result of being struck. The driver who struck them was subsequently charged with negligent driving and fined $280. Following his traffic court case, he was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. The man had previously been released from jail in Montgomery County, Maryland, in 2015 despite having an active ICE detainer following his arrest for destruction of property and arson charges.

Deputy Chief Cohen had served as a law enforcement investigator with the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal for nine years and served as a volunteer firefighter with the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 403

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

accident scene, illegal alien, off duty

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John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

August 30, 2018

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