BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Hundreds of fire trucks left the Baltimore Convention Center on Wednesday in a tribute to three firefighters who died when part of a burning home collapsed on them last week.
Even complete strangers stop to pay their respects and watch as Lieutenant Paul Butrim, Lieutenant Kelsey Sadler, and Kenny Lacayo take their final ride through the city they fought and died for.
The procession traveled more than 17 miles to the Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens — a 70-acre cemetery in Timonium
“I think last Monday was one of the worst days in the history of the city of Baltimore,” one woman said.
Butrim, Sadler and Lacayo died after one The partial collapse traps them in an empty, burning house in West Baltimore on January 24. They went into the building because they had received multiple reports of people being trapped inside it.
A fourth firefighter, John McMaster, was also injured by falling debris when part of the house collapsed.
McMaster was initially listed in critical condition but was released from Traumatic Brain Injury on January 27.
Fire and medical teams from across Maryland and Washington, DC, arrived at the Baltimore City Fire Department on Wednesday in what was described as The level of mutual aid is “unprecedented”.
Maryland Department of Emergency Management Acting Secretary Russell Strickland said: “Never before has a large metropolitan city put all of its machinery down at once.
In a city with thousands of abandoned buildings, firefighters are constantly searching for people living in vacant homes, the president of the fire service association told WJZ.
Just two days before Monday’s fire, there was an almost identical fire just a block from South Stricker Street. Fallen firefighter Kenny Lacayo responded that day.
There is only one difference in the deadly fire from the one that broke out last weekend when three firefighters were killed, said Josh Fannon, president of the Baltimore IAFF Local 964 Fire Authority.
“The floors don’t squeak,” says Fannon. “You just never know. So terrible. It is tragic.”
During the memorial service, Fannon described Butrim, 37, as a firefighter who put his heart into every detail of the job and became a mentor to younger members.
“He mentored them and taught them every aspect of life in fire service, whether we’re talking business tricks, conducting effective search and rescue,” Fannon said at the memorial service. ventilation engineering and much more,” Fannon said during the memorial service.
Sadler’s older sister, Lacey Marino, describes the 33-year-old firefighter as a confident, creative and supportive person who lives to the fullest.
Marino said: “Kelsey loves life, and she lives as if she meant it, off gas and without brakes. “She’s always up for any task or challenge.”
Lacayo, 30, is remembered as a music lover, going around giving concerts.
His fiancée, Clara Fenelon, said, “I told him recently that I couldn’t believe that life had come to pass, and that somehow I was at the top. I was on top of the world with my Kenny. ”
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is searching for a person in connection with the South Stricker Street fire that killed three firefighters.
An official from Local 734 shared pictures of people arranging and later settling in empty homes.
“The individual we are seeking to identify may have material information that could assist in this investigation,” said ATF Baltimore Acting Special Agent in charge of LC Cheeks, Jr. “We ask that anyone who knows this person’s identity contact the Agent and investigators can continue their efforts to find the cause of this tragic fire.”
The interested person’s reward was increased to 100,000 due to contributions from Mayor Brandon Scott, Baltimore County Johnny Olszewski, Governor Larry Hogan, and local firefighters unions.
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