BALTIMORE — Baltimore Fire Officers, IAFF Local 964 announced on Thursday the passing of one of their own., 28-year veteran Active Lieutenant William Andre Sheffield.
Sheffield passed away the night of January 27.
"We are hurt by the passing of Lieutenant Sheffield. As a dedicated servant of Baltimore, this is a major loss for us all,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “Although he is no longer with us, I know that his legacy will live forever within the fire department and across the city. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and his colleagues at BFCD during this difficult time.”
After graduating from the Fire Academy, Lt. Sheffield was assigned to Truck 6 and was promoted to Lieutenant in 1999. He was stationed at Engine 23 before being transferred to Engine 35 where he remained till his passing.
“Our members are hurting right now….we are all hurting right now after learning about the loss of our fellow brother,” Fire Chief Niles R. Ford said. “This morning, I personally spoke with members and friends who have worked with Lt. Sheffield for years and the response has been a total disbelief.”
"Lt. Sheffield was loved by many – from those in the department and in the community – “to say he will never be forgotten is an understatement,” said Chief Ford.
“I offer peace and condolences to his family and loved ones during this difficult time. The loss of Lt. Sheffield is a huge loss and we will be forever grateful for his commitment to the residents of Baltimore City and the opportunity to spend time with such a selfless public servant,” Chief Ford said.
Battalion Chief Joshua L. Fannon, President of IAFF Local 964, says he will miss Sheffield's contributions to the department and his pleasant personality.
Funeral arrangements will be posted when they become available.