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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On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Sander was killed.

To the Cohen family, fellow officers, and all who call Sander beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace. I hope that your family knows that a nation mourned for you.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Deputy Chief Cohen gave to his community and the citizens of Maryland and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on December 8th, 2017.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

August 13, 2018

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