On February 26, 1907 a fire broke out in the Hochelaga School in Montreal, Quebec. Sixteen young children perished in the fire, along with Sarah Maxwell, the school principal. She lost her life while attempting to rescue many of the children.
The inscription reads:
In Loving Memory of
Aged 31 yrs.
Who lost her life whilst endeavoring to save the lives of the pupils at the Hochelaga School Fire Feb. 26th 1907.
Also the little ones who perished with her.
Sarah is buried at Mount Royal Cemetery in Montreal, Quebec.