Officer Holley, 3 City Firefighters Honored on Fallen Heroes Day

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Friday, May 6, 2022
Robert Lang, WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5

Three Baltimore firefighters killed in January and a Baltimore police officer fatally shot in December are among those to be honored today at the 37th Annual Fallen Heroes Day at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

Friends and relatives of Baltimore City Fire Department Lt. Paul Butrim, Lt. Kelsey Sadler and firefighter/paramedic Kenny Lacayo are expected.

LISTEN: WBAL’s Robert Lang reports on Fallen Heroes Day for WBAL News Now.

Lacayo’s sister, Katia King, says the ceremony is taking place as she continues to mourn her brother.

“I’m at a point of mourning right now where yes it’s absolutely beautiful, but for me personally it’s a bit difficult right now, because right now it’s so new. That every memorial, every memorial event is a bit like reliving my brother’s death,” King recently told WBAL NewsRadio from his home in North Carolina.

LISTEN: WBAL’s Robert Lang talks to Katia King, sister of firefighter/paramedic Kenny Lacayo.

King adds that she appreciates all the support she has received from firefighters in Baltimore and across the country.

Battalion Chief and International Association of Fire Fighters Local 964 President Josh Fannon had known Butrium for 20 years.

“As a firefighter who was very dedicated to his craft. As a person he was a great friend, a prankster and someone who would do anything for you,” Fannon told WBAL NewsRadio.

He adds that the ceremony is part of the ongoing recognition of the risks that firefighters take on the job and their sacrifice.

Fannon said he appreciates the many tributes that have taken place since the fire. He notes that many firefighters are still in mourning.

LISTEN: WBAL’s Robert Lang speaks with Battalion Chief and International Association of Fire Fighters Local 964 President Josh Fannon.

“On January 24, 2022, the City of Baltimore Fire Department lost much of our innocence to how dangerous the job was,” Fannon said.

The ceremony will also honor Baltimore Police Officer Keona Holley, who was shot Dec. 16 while sitting in his patrol car. She died a week later.

the The ceremony will honor 15 police officers and first responders who have died over the past two years, seven of whom died of COVID-19.

Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford and Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski are among the speakers at Friday’s ceremony which begins at 1 p.m. and will be open to the public.

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