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Paul Raymond Butrim


On Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, the Baltimore City Fire Department responded to a fire inside a three story vacant rowhouse in the 200 block of South Stricker Street. Lieutenant Paul Butrim, Acting Lieutenant Kelsey Sadler, Firefighter/Paramedic Kenneth Lacayo, and EMT/Firefighter John McMaster were working to put out the flames inside the structure when a partial collapse occurred. The firefighters became trapped. A mayday was called and the firefighters were removed from the debris.  Lieutenant Butrim passed away at the scene. Acting Lieutenant Sadler and Firefighter/Paramedic Lacayo passed away shortly after arrival at the hospital.  EMT/Firefighter McMaster has been listed in critical condition. Firefighter/Paramedic Kelsey Sadler who was Acting Lieutenant that day was posthumously promoted to Lieutenant. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives has classified this fire as incendiary.

photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Paul Raymond Butrim was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.

Department information

Baltimore City Fire Department
401 E Fayette ST
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Chief: Niles R. Ford

Age: 37
Rank: Lieutenant
Classification: Career
Incident date: January 24, 2022 5:53 a.m.
Date of death: January 24, 2022
Cause of fatal injury: Collapse
Nature of fatal injury: Crushed
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential

Last updated: August 14, 2023