PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- The Prince George’s County Fire Department tells WUSA 9 it’s not uncommon for them to force entry into a home in an absolute emergency as they continue to mourn one of their own, shot and killed while trying to conduct a welfare check.

“We’re not going to get into the warrant aspect of it. That’s more of a procedural matter for the police. We’re trained whether an emergency situation exists or if we have the ability to force entry into the home,” said the Prince George’s County Professional Firefighters Paramedics Association President, Andrew Pantelis. Sunday, the PGFD union president tells WUSA 9 37-year-old John Ulmschneider and his team followed all protocols when they responded to a Temple Hills home. Their intention was to possibly save a life after a family member raised concerns about his unresponsive Diabetic brother, said PGFD Spokesperson, Mark Brady.

Back on the 5000 block of Sharon Rd. on Sunday, neighbors told WUSA 9 on and off camera, they don’t feel forceful entries should be conducted.

“To break down the door you’re inside not knowing what’s going on, I think that needs to stop,” said Dylan Taylor, critical of the suspect’s relative in this fatal incident. Taylor also told WUSA 9, he’s not upset police released his neighbor without any charges.

“I know he’s not that type of person and I know he had some medical issues,” Taylor said.

The home owner apparently thought his house was being broken into when he shot a relative and two firefighters, killing 37-year-old John Ulmschneider.

“That is what’s unfortunate” said Taylor, who says he regularly meets with local fire officials in the Temple Hills neighborhood.

“…very hard on the neighborhood. To my knowledge, we’ve never seen anything like this before. It’s so devastating to see this,” said John Taylor, who on a neighboring street.

“I had the privilege of working with him for several years in our Chillum fire house and he was somebody that was larger than life,” said Pantelis, “ … someone who put others before himself, gave the job his all and was very skilled at what he did.”

Pantelis declined to comment on the suspect’s release but did say forced entries have saved many lives.

The Fire Department’s focus is now on paying their last respects to Firefighter Ulmschneider. A Facebook page post details a viewing on Tuesday and a funeral service to follow on Wednesday:

Visitation – Tuesday April 19th from 5:00PM until 8:00PM
St. John's Parish
43950 St. John's Road
Hollywood, Maryland

Funeral Mass – Wednesday April 20th at 1:00PM
St. John's Parish
43950 St. John's Road
Hollywood, Maryland
Parking will be off-site at the Hollywood Fire Department. Shuttle service will be provided.

Internment – Private Family Service

Repast – Wednesday April 20th at 3:30PM
Hollywood Fire Department
24801 Three Notch Rd
Hollywood, Maryland

A donation page has been created to assist Ulmschneider’s family. The 13-year-veteran firefighter leaves behind a wife and 2-year-old daughter: