32 years ago today, 6 Kansas City firefighters were killed in what will forever be remembered as one of the worst multiple firefighter line of duty deaths in the country up to that point. As a result of this tragedy, many new standards and federal regulations were put into place for both public and firefighter safety.
KCFD Pumpers 30 & 41 were responding to a report of a truck on fire at a construction site. *The following information was provided by The Kansas City Star in a story last year.
From Pumper 30: -Gerald C. Halloran, 57, had served more than 37 years and was considering retirement at the end of 1988. -Luther Eugene Hurd, 31, normally worked at Station 23 but volunteered to fill in at Station 30 that night. He was a 10-year veteran of the department. -Thomas Fry, 41, and had been a firefighter for more than 15 years.
From Pumper 41: -James H. Kilventon Jr., 54, had served more than 27 years on the force. -Michael R. Oldham, 32, an 11-year veteran of the department. His father had been a firefighter. -Robert D. McKarnin, 42, had spent almost 20 years with the KCFD - serving all that time at Station 41.
KCFD's "Hazmat 71" is numbered in honor of those members who came from Stations 30 & 41. ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you to ALL public servants, military personnel both here and abroad, and retail workers for your dedication but please especially remember and pray for our B-shifters and those on overtime at the stations, our dispatchers, and our LSPD officers and all of the staff working in our hospitals during this time working tirelessly to keep our great Lee's Summit residents safe. ... See MoreSee Less