Roll of Honor

Kelsey R. Sadler

Kelsey R. Sadler

  • Lieutenant
  • Baltimore City Fire Department
  • Maryland
  • Age: 33
  • Year of Death: 2022

Kelsey R. Sadler (Norman) was born July 28, 1988. She was one of the most vibrant people you could ever meet. In her 33 short years, she experienced more than most do in a lifetime. She loved life and lived it like she meant it. Her hugs were so powerful you could feel her intense and supportive love. She was unapologetically and authentically herself in a way that allowed you to do the same. The room always shined brighter when she was around.

In 2015, Kelsey met her husband, Brandon. Their relationship was beautiful and filled with so much love and laughter. They complemented each other in ways you read about in love stories. Brandon and Mila were a package deal, and Kelsey took on her role as a stepmom effortlessly. Her bond with Mila was truly magical.

Kelsey cherished her family. Family also included a core group of best friends from different aspects of her life. We’ll never forget her contagious laughter, sarcasm, speaking her mind, love for leopard print, taking naps, meaningful tattoos, wearing hoodies, looking beautiful everywhere she went, and disappearing at the end of a party so she never had to say goodbye. The beach was always a magical place for her. Jamaica was one of her favorite vacation destinations, and this is where Brandon proposed. Kelsey loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing with her dad and uncles, camping, concerts, hiking, and snowboarding. Every year she went to Wisp Mountain for their annual “board meeting.” It was there she spent time laughing, playing games, hitting the slopes, and taking selfies.

Kelsey began her career with the Baltimore City Fire Department in November 2006. She transferred to 14 Engine, where she served from February 2010 until January 24, 2022. It was on that tragic morning that she and two colleagues were killed in a house collapse while battling a fire with reports of people trapped. Kelsey was the real deal—fearless, brave, and humble. Her reputation preceded her, as she was truly a badass. She was dedicated to her work family and loved her shift. Kelsey was the first and only woman to be a first acting lieutenant in the 134-year history of 14 Engine. She was posthumously promoted to the rank of fire lieutenant.

Kelsey’s beautiful and loving spirit led her on a journey that touched so many lives. We will continue her legacy and carry her with us forever until we meet again. As our eyes adjust from her bright light burning out, she would encourage us to spend time with the people that matter, take all the pictures, don’t apologize for being yourself, and love so big with all your heart.

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