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Governor Hogan holds moment of silence for fallen Baltimore City firefighters [VIDEO]

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan began Wednesday’s meeting of the Board of Public Works with a moment of silence for the members of the Baltimore City Fire Department who died earlier this week in the line of duty.

Lt. Paul Butrim, Kelsey Sadler, and Kenny Lacayo were killed in a two-alarm blaze and partial building collapse that occurred at around 6:00 a.m. on Monday in the 200-block of S. Stricker Street in west Baltimore. A fourth firefighter, John McMaster, was in critical condition but has now been upgraded to “fair.”  Officials say he is alert and improving.

A GoFundMe page has been established to help family members deal with final expenses.

Governor Hogan delivered the following statement during Wednesday morning’s meeting:

“I would like to start today by taking a moment to pay tribute to the three Baltimore City firefighters who died in the line of duty earlier this week in what was truly a horrific tragedy. Our hearts go out to their families and to their brothers and sisters in the fire department.

“The flags remain at half-staff in the honor of Lieutenant Paul Butrim, Firefighter Kelsey Sadler, and Firefighter Kenneth Lacayo. I would like to ask if you would join me in a moment of silence for these fallen heroes.

“A fourth firefighter, John McMaster, was seriously injured and we are all pulling for him to make a speedy recovery and he seems to be doing much better, and we’re very thankful for that. I want to ask all Marylanders to keep all of the families and the entire Baltimore City Fire Department in their prayers.”

Video from this morning’s meeting can be viewed below.

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