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Firefighter Killed in Line of Duty

Firefighter Killed in Line of Duty

Kansas City Star via YellowBrix

May 23, 2010

SHAWNEE, KAN. – The Shawnee Fire Department is trying to figure out what caused a fire that killed a firefighter. The fire broke out just before 9 p.m. Saturday near 75th Court & Pflumm. When crews arrived flames were showing the home was filled with thick black smoke.

Fire crews were also told there were possibly two people and a dog inside the home. About 15 minutes into the fire, a firefighter called out for help. That’s when the search began for a missing firefighter that was inside the residence. He was found unresponsive near the back of the home. Paramedics transported the fallen fighter to an area hospital where he later died.

The 33-year-old firefighter was a six year veteran of the Shawnee fire Department. He is survived by a wife and two children.

Also, a second Shawnee firefighter was transported to the hospital for medical evaluation and was treated and released. No one else was found inside the home. The home owner came to the scene after the fire was out. Search teams were able to rescue the family’s dog.