This year’s Fallen Heroes Day ceremony that took place on Friday, May 6th at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens honored over a dozen first responders who died in the line of duty, including Baltimore City Firefighter and paramedic, Kenny Lacayo (video of the ceremony can be seen here). He was a career firefighter who attended Wheaton High School and Montgomery College & is a Life Member Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad.
The Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad released a statement remembering Kenny following his death:
“Kenny joined the Rescue Squad in May of 2011 and steadily advanced through the ranks. He became a firefighter in 2012, a paramedic in 2014, and a founding member of the Honor Guard in 2017. Among his many awards he received the Rescue Squad’s award for paramedic of the year in 2016 and was recognized as a top ten responder in 2015 and 2016. He also received a unit citation in 2018 for his life saving actions in responding to a pedestrian struck by a car.
His exceptional skills as a firefighter and paramedic were matched by his bright smile and his unfailing good nature. He was dearly loved by his fellow WVRS volunteers and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kenny’s family, his many friends, and his brothers and sisters in the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service and the Baltimore City Fire Department.”
In 1986, on the first Friday in May, Dulaney Valley sponsored Maryland’s first Fallen Heroes Day. In 1990, the Maryland Legislature passed a resolution calling for a yearly commemoration of public servants; a day on which Dulaney Valley hosts a memorial service, attended by more than 1,200 people. The ceremony, held in the Fallen Heroes garden, commemorates the members of Maryland’s Public Safety Community who lost their lives in the line of duty during the previous twelve months. Prior to the ceremony, Dulaney hosts the Healing Hearts Reception for the survivors, families and friends of the Fallen Heroes.
Fallen Heroes Day is the only statewide ceremony that recognizes all branches of the Public Safety Community. Dulaney Valley invites you to join us on the first Friday in May to honor those who lost their lives in the line of duty, to support the survivors, and to thank our everyday heroes – those who risk their lives to ensure our safety.