Brad A. Scott

Brad A. Scott

Lieutenant Brad A. Scott, age 43, of the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, died from complications of cancer on May 31, 2020.

Nicholas C. Finamore

Nicholas C. Finamore

Fire Chief Nicholas C. Finamore, age 75, of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department died on January 5, 2021, from complications of COVID-19.

William Andre Sheffield

William Andre Sheffield

William “Dre” Sheffield was born in Lynn Haven, Florida, on November 3, 1960. At the age of 18 he moved to Baltimore, Maryland, to begin his career. Upon graduating from the fire academy in 1993, Firefighter William Andre Sheffield was assigned to Truck #6. In 1999, he was promoted to lieutenant and assigned to Engine #23 for a brief time before transferring to Engine #35, where he remained until his passing. Throughout his career, he served both as a fire investigator and as a safety officer. In both capacities he was highly respected by his supervisors, peers, and most of all by those who served alongside him. He received numerous commendations as evidence of unwavering dedication to his career.

He had a deep love for his family, whom he protected and served as well as the citizens of Baltimore. His grandchildren, Teyon Jr. and Amauri, were his pride and joy. He doted over his wife, children, mom, and siblings. His love for football was unmatched, as well as his love for golf. He enjoyed traveling, cooking, and grilling. His all-time favorites were oysters, seafood, and steak.

Andre was loved by so many in the fire department as well as family and friends.

His untimely death occurred on January 27, 2021. Fallen hero William A. Sheffield was 60 years old and had served in the Baltimore City Fire Department for 28 years. He is survived by devoted wife, Tesa Y. Sheffield; daughter, Kierston; and son, Darian; as well as his two grandsons, mother, and siblings.

Joshua D. Laird

Joshua D. Laird

Frederick County Department of Fire and Rescue Services Captain Joshua David “Josh” Laird died in the line of duty on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, while battling a house fire in Ijamsville, Maryland. He was a 21-year veteran of the department and was assigned to Green Valley Fire Station 25 in Monrovia, Maryland. Captain Laird was posthumously promoted to battalion chief.

Josh loved the fire service. His career started at 16 with Mont Alto Fire Department in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At the age of 18, he became a paramedic and was the youngest in the state of Pennsylvania at that time. He volunteered and worked for numerous departments in Franklin, Fulton, Cumberland, Adams, and Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Finally, in 2000, his dream to become a career firefighter came true when he was hired by the Frederick County (Maryland) Department of Fire and Rescue Services.

During his career, Josh received a Silver Star of Bravery and numerous accolades for exemplary service. Josh took the opportunity to mentor those new to the fire service very seriously; he was known for saying, “Just do the right thing.” Additionally, he was a COVID-19 Incident Management Team member, a car seat technician, and read to kids at the local elementary school.

Josh’s passion for service extended outside of work to his local community. He served on the School Board of Fairfield Area School District and was a member of the Adams County Democratic Committee.

Above all else, Josh’s favorite title and greatest accomplishment was being a dad to his daughters, Erin and Madelyn. He was a doting father and loved his girls more than anything else in the world. He willingly volunteered to have his nails painted, was a cheerleader at softball and basketball games, and baited many hooks while fishing. He was proud of both of his daughters and all their accomplishments.

Josh and his wife, Sara, were married for 20 years. He was Sara’s biggest fan, greatest supporter, and best friend. They were a team in all things.

Josh was a huge personality and was known for his pranks at home and work. He loved traveling and learning about other cultures, especially Mexican culture and food, and anything spooky, scary, or Halloween-related. Over his lifetime, he had many hobbies, including rock collecting, golf, metal detecting, fishing, hunting, coin collecting, and ghost hunting. Josh was a loyal friend to many and was always willing to support and care for those in need.

The world is a better place because of Josh’s contributions, and he leaves a void that will never be filled. His wife and daughters miss him desperately.

John King

On May 9, 1931, Truck Co. No. 4 cleared an incident and was returning to quarters. They were proceeding on Biddle Street when a failure in rear steering mechanism occurred, causing the truck to jump the curb onto the sidewalk. Tillerman John King was thrown from his seat. He was transported to Maryland General Hospital where his left leg was emergently amputated. Tillerman King died a few hours later. Tillerman John G. King was 36 years old and had served 6 years.

Hiram McAfee

Hiram McAfee

Substitute Hiram McAfee, age 26, along with 6 other Baltimore City firefighters, were killed during the September 2, 1888 Sharp Street warehouse fire. This was one of the largest fires and greatest tragedies for the Baltimore City Fire Department.

George Kerns

Pipeman George Kerns, along with 6 other Baltimore City firefighters, were killed during the September 2, 1888 Sharp Street warehouse fire. This was one of the largest fires and greatest tragedies for the Baltimore City Fire Department.

Henry Walker

Pipeman Henry Walker, age 41, along with 6 other Baltimore City firefighters, were killed during the September 2, 1888 Sharp Street warehouse fire. Pipeman Walker had served the department for 15 years. This was one of the largest fires and greatest tragedies for the Baltimore City Fire Department.

Patrick Ryan

Substitute Patrick Ryan, along with 6 other Baltimore City firefighters, were killed during the September 2, 1888 Sharp Street warehouse fire. This was one of the largest fires and greatest tragedies for the Baltimore City Fire Department.

George Bowers

Callman George Bowers, age 36, along with 6 other Baltimore City firefighters, were killed during the September 2, 1888 Sharp Street warehouse fire. Callman Bowers had served the department for 12 years. This was one of the largest fires and greatest tragedies for the Baltimore City Fire Department.