By BRENDAN KIRBY
Maryland firefighters tried to light a fuse under Gov. Parris N. Glendening's campaign Tuesday, handing him an early endorsement in his re-election bid.
Meeting at their annual leadership convention in Hagerstown, the Maryland and D.C. Professional Firefighters Association sought to give Glendening a boost 15 months before the election.
"We're proud to be on Parris' bandwagon," union president Kevin B. O'Connor said.
Union leaders described Glendening as a longtime friend of professional firefighters, citing his support of legislation banning residency requirements for firefighters and his executive order guaranteeing collective bargaining rights for state workers.