Friends and family remember two off-duty officers killed along I-270
Author: Murugi Thande, Stephanie Ramirez
Published: 7:02 PM EST December 10, 2017
Updated: 11:20 PM EST December 10, 2017
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The friends, family, and colleagues remember the lives of two off-duty officers tragically killed along I-270 Friday.

The family of Carlos Wolff, one of the officers killed, released an official statement:

"Our Carlos was an amazing father, husband, uncle, and brother who made us all very proud. He loved serving his country as a part of the FBI. He was always so helpful and giving, not just to his friends but strangers too. Our hearts are broken. We appreciate your prayers during this difficult time."

The two off-duty law enforcement officers were struck and killed while standing on the shoulder of I-270 in Montgomery County, Maryland at the scene of a traffic crash Friday.

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Wolff, 36, was an FBI Supervisory Special Agent with an 11-year tenure at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

According to a statement from the Wolff family, "Carlos Wolff of Gaithersburg, MD is the son of Maria and Jorge Wolff. He leaves behind his wife, their 7-year-old son, 2-year-old daughter and five siblings. Carlos was a graduate of American University."

Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Sander B. Cohen, 33, was the other officer struck and killed.

He was a nine-year veteran of the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal. Police said he was promoted to Deputy Chief in January 2017 and was Regional Commander of the Northeast Regional Office consisting of Carroll, Harford, and Cecil counties.

The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal released a statement on Facebook on Saturday, with their condolences:

Cohen was also a long-time Lt. at the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department.

"I met him the first day he walked in with his parents,” said Eric Bernard, the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department President. Cohen was 16 years old when he first walked into the fire station. Three years later, he officially joined the department, Bernard said.

According to Bernard, it was ironic that Cohen died trying to help a traffic incident because that was the very thing he dedicated his life to on the Rescue Squad.

"They have specialized hydraulic tools to help cut apart cars and gain entry to the people that are injured and that was his love. He absolutely enjoyed riding that rescue squad, and that was his specialty,” said Bernard, sounding more and more somber towards the end.

Bernard said Cohen did everything right last Friday.

"When you're going 55, 65 miles an hour, you're driving a missile, and that can kill people, and that's what we have here,” he said to the greater DC-area community.

Montgomery County officials said a public going home ceremony is now in the works for Cohen and will take place on December 13 or December 14.