City's fire chief remains in Frederick hospital
Hagerstown City Council members and the mayor said during Tuesday's meeting that they are keeping Hagerstown Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker in their thoughts.
Hawbaker, 54, has been hospitalized since Dec. 29 at Frederick (Md.) Memorial Hospital with an immune system disorder.
Hawbaker was listed in stable condition at the hospital Tuesday night.
Mayor William M. Breichner asked residents to keep Hawbaker in their thoughts and prayers.
Councilman N. Linn Hendershot asked city residents to send greeting cards to Hawbaker.
The cards may be sent to Hawbaker at City Hall, 1 E. Franklin St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.
Hawbaker is not allowed any visitors.
Hawbaker, who has been the city's fire chief since 1985, was hospitalized after being diagnosed with Guillain-Barr syndrome - a rare disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the nervous system, sometimes causing paralysis.