- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 19, 2006

A WJLA-TV (Channel 7) cameraman was killed early yesterday morning when he was hit by a car as he was returning to his vehicle after filming a fire at a shopping center in Upper Marlboro.

Gordon R. Davis, 51, of the 10000 block of Powell Road in Thurmont, Md., was hit as he crossed the southbound lanes of Route 301 at about 2:40 a.m., Prince George’s County fire officials said. The driver of the car stopped and flagged down firefighters on the scene, officials said.

“Gordon Davis was very proud of his job here at WJLA, and we were extremely proud to have him as an employee,” said Bill Lord, the station’s vice president for news. “He was a talented professional and a great ambassador for our company everywhere he went. He was a beloved character on the overnight shift, not just here at the station, but among all the police, fire and media communities who work the overnight hours.”

Mr. Davis was filming a fire that broke out at a strip mall on southbound Route 301 just north of Osborne Road at about 1:40 a.m.

Fire department spokesman Mark Brady said the fire at a framing studio caused about $200,000 in damage. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Mr. Brady said the veteran cameraman likely parked across the street to stay out of the way of emergency responders. He also expressed the department’s regrets over the death of Mr. Davis, whom he knew personally.

“He went about his job in a professional and unobtrusive manner, never wanting to interfere with operations,” Mr. Brady said.

Maryland State Police officials identified the driver of the car as Daniel C. Tyler, 51, of the 11000 block of North Marlton Avenue in Upper Marlboro. He was driving a 1992 Subaru passenger car.

Police officials said alcohol was not a factor. The investigation is ongoing, but police have not filed charges against the driver.

Mr. Davis had been an overnight cameraman for at least 10 years. He left behind a wife and a 15-year-old daughter.

“Today they said they hope he will be remembered as a man who was everyone’s friend, who worked hard and who never complained. That’s exactly how he will be remembered in our newsroom,” Mr. Lord said.

n Brittney Pescatore contributed to this report.

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