Local fire companies assist in Baltimore following death of three fire personnel
MARYLAND – Fire companies from each part of Maryland are standing in solidarity with Baltimore City firefighters, after a fatal fire killed two firefighters and one fire lieutenant last week. The blaze broke out in a vacant Baltimore row home on January 24th. It claimed the lives of Lt. Paul Butrim, firefighter Kelsey Sadler and firefighter Kenny Lacayo.
A fourth firefighter was also injured in the fire. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. There is a $100,000 reward offered for information leading to the identification of a person of interest in connection with the fire.
Helping While Healing
“We are a brotherhood and a sisterhood,” said Salisbury Assistant Fire Chief Rob Frampton. “Everybody that’s up there, helping out, is just the epitome of showing to the world, really, that we’re here for everybody and we have each other’s backs. It’s truly a unique family that we live and work in.”
Wednesday, the entire Baltimore City Fire Department took the day off to attend a memorial service. Meanwhile, fire departments from across Maryland went to the city to cover their shifts. “We’re actually filling in at a couple of the stations, along with other Maryland departments,” said Ocean City Fire Chief Richard Bowers.
Salisbury Fire Department was also on hand to assist with Wednesday’s calls for service. “We sent up an engine that was staffed with four of our people – a captain and three firefighters – and they’re currently covering for Engine 58 in southwest Baltimore,” said Asst. Chief Frampton.
Fellowship Through Fire
It’s the first time in Baltimore’s history that coverage of this magnitude has happened. But, Asst. Chief Frampton says brother and sisterhood isn’t anything new for first responders. “Whether it’s helping somebody out at their house or helping somebody move into a new home – whatever they need help with – we’re there for them. Today, everybody that’s up there helping out is just the epitome of saying that,” he said.
Chief Bowers says he and other first responders are ready to answer that call, regardless of who’s making it. “No matter where it is in Maryland, or any other neighboring state really, upon the request from that state, county, or city, we’ll step up and help, and do our small part of a much bigger picture,” he said.