Wheaton firefighter among those killed in Baltimore rowhouse fire
One of the firefighters who perished in a Baltimore rowhouse fire was remembered Monday by the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad, where he also served, for his bright smile and dedication.
Kenny Lacayo and two other firefighters lost their lives in the line of duty when a vacant rowhouse collapsed while they were battling a blaze early Monday, the city’s fire chief said. A fourth firefighter was injured.
The Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad said in a statement it posted online that Lacayo was a life member who joined the squad in May 2011. He became a firefighter in 2012, a paramedic in 2014 and a founding member of the Honor Guard in 2017.
Lacayo was named Paramedic of the Year in 2016 and was recognized as a top ten responder in 2015 and 2016. He received a unit citation in 2018 for lifesaving actions when responding to a call in which a pedestrian was struck by a car.
“His exceptional skills as a firefighter and paramedic were matched by his bright smile and his unfailing good nature,” the statement says. “He was dearly loved by his fellow WVRS volunteers and will be greatly missed.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Lacayo’s family.
In a statement, County Executive Marc Elrich offered his sympathy and said: “This deadly tragedy is a reminder of the danger our firefighters face every day on the job and the sacrifice they are willing to make for our safety.” [NBC 4]
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