(Nov. 8, 2019) Following the tragic death of Ocean City resident and active community member Chris M. Trimper on Oct. 24, resort officials will seek the state’s help in allowing private and public entities to maintain an epinephrine auto-injector, also known as stock epinephrine or EpiPen, and administer it during emergencies.
“There are 14 states that do not allow for private entities to administer an EpiPen,” Council Secretary Mary Knight said. “I’m requesting that tonight that the mayor and the council send a letter to our senator and to our delegate to get this law [entity law] enacted.”
On Oct. 24, Trimper, 42, had finished playing in the Downtown Association Golf Tournament, and joined other players at a post-tournament gathering at Poseidon’s Pub at Ocean Downs Casino in Berlin.
There, Trimper consumed a deviled-egg that contained crabmeat, and suffered a severe allergic reaction to the shellfish.
Paramedics arrived shortly, administered an epinephrine injection and transported Trimper to Atlantic General Hospital, but Trimper, who went into anaphylactic shock and had extreme seizures, did not survive.
He is survived by his wife Michelle, their three children, son, Christopher Grant Trimper II, daughters Madison Lily Trimper and Emma Rose Trimper, brother Brooks Trimper, half-sister Chelsea Trimper and step-mother Cindy Trimper.
Trimper was a longtime member of the Downtown Association and former president of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association.
Knight described Trimper as the kind of man who frequently did random acts of kindness, and touched many lives throughout the resort.
“I don’t want his legacy to stop, and I think if we tried to get this enacted, [and] named it ‘Chris’ Law,’ that his legacy would continue, and his family could possibly, hopefully, some day take some solace that this resulted in saving other people’s lives.”
As Knight said, Maryland is one of 14 states that do not have an entity law, which allows public and private spaces to maintain stock epinephrine in order to reduce the time it takes to get the lifesaving drug to a person having an anaphylactic reaction.
Maryland does, however, have a “Good Samaritan” law, which protects an individual or an entity administering epinephrine during times of emergency.
Nonetheless, this protection does little good when access to epinephrine is limited or non-existent.
“This was a true tragedy in Ocean City, to lose a young man like Chris Trimper,” Mayor Rick Meehan said. “To the whole entire Trimper family, we just want to send our thoughts and prayers, and I think taking that endeavor on, and remembering Chris in doing so, is a terrific recommendation. We [council] will all pursue that.”