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Thousands gather from across the country to honor fallen Baltimore firefighters

Posted at 11:04 AM, Feb 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-03 16:13:25-05

BALTIMORE — Thousands of firefighters from across the country gathered Wednesday at the Baltimore Convention Center to pay tribute and say goodbye to three of their fallen comrades.

Baltimore City firefighters, Paul Butrim, Kelsey Sadler and Kenneth Lacayo were killed January 24, in the line of duty.

The trio died after being trapped inside a burning vacant home that collapsed on S. Stricker Street.

Their deaths marked the first time since 2014, that the Baltimore City Fire Department lost a member in the line of duty.

The entire department was taken out of service Wednesday so every firefighter could attend the funeral. It's the first time in the agency's 225-year history that has happened.

Units from all corners of Maryland and Washington D.C. filled in to respond to calls.

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Butrim, Sadler and Lacayo were laid to rest at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

Family and friends of Paul Butrim are invited to gather at the Schimunek Funeral Home of Bel Air on February 3 from 3 to 8pm, or from 9am to noon on February 4.

Viewings for Sadler and Lacayo were held Tuesday in Dundalk.