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Tributes to 3 Baltimore firefighters killed in partial building collapse – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) The tragic loss of three Baltimore firefighters has moved the nation.

The firefighters are pouring in, community members and loved ones.

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Flowers are planted on a fence at the scene of the South Stricker Street fire that claimed the lives of Lieutenants Paul Butrim, Kelsey Sadler and Kenny Lacayo.

“We appreciate them and maybe we don’t say enough,” says Tricia Rubacky.

At the firehouse where Sadler and Lacayo worked, there was a black sheet covering the building.

Rubacky and the others stopped by to drop flowers there.

“I think they are all still in shock,” she said. “We don’t expect them to be able to deal with this for a long time”

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At the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Team in Wheaton, Maryland, Kenny Lacayo’s jacket and helmet are on display as a shrine to him. He is a volunteer there.

“He wanted nothing more than to be a big city firefighter in a busy home,” said Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Team Captain Mark Dempsey. “He wanted to go somewhere busy where he felt he made a difference and he still volunteered here.

The fallen firefighters can also be found all over social media.

On Twitter, a friend of Kelsey Sadler posted pictures of her with her and wrote, “Absolutely unbelievable. Love you.”

Another tribute on Facebook showed three barber chairs at the Old Line Barbers in Bel Air dressed in black fireman robes.

Community members want it to be known that they are grateful for their service and sacrifice.

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“You don’t feel like you can do a lot of things, you just want to tell them to be safe and be careful,” says Rubacky. “Just an expression of our condolences and grief that we share with them.”

https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/01/25/tributes-pouring-in-for-3-baltimore-firefighters-killed-in-partial-building-collapse/ Tributes to 3 Baltimore firefighters killed in partial building collapse – CBS Baltimore

Tom Vazquez

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