Michael W. Heim


Michael W. Heim of Roeland Park, KS, passed away unexpectedly on March 29, 2015 in West Burlington, IA. Mike, the only child of Warner and Dorris Heim was born March 10, 1955 in Kansas City, KS. He grew up in Mission, KS and graduated from S.M. North in 1973. As a child, Mike wanted to be a firefighter. That dream became a reality when, in 1976 he was hired by the Mission Fire District No. 1. When the Dept. merged and became Consolidated Fire District No. 2, he was promoted to Battalion Chief. He later had the opportunity to serve as Deputy Chief for the Garden City, KS Fire Dept. He went on to work for the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office in Topeka as a Fire Specialist. Mike worked part-time as a Field Instructor for the University of Kansas-Fire Service Training and taught at fire schools across the state. Although he had a Fire Service career for over 30 years, Mike still had the love for the profession and desire to become a Fire Chief. In 2010, the City of West Burlington, IA offered Mike the Fire Chief position of their Department. He had reached his goal. During the nearly 40 years of his career, Chief Heim touched the lives of many young people eager to become firefighters. However, to Mike, his greatest achievement was that both of his sons followed in his footsteps and chose the Fire Service as their careers. Mike leaves behind his wife, Debbie of the home; two sons, Ryan Heim and his wife Alicia, Eric Heim; two grandchildren, Hadley and Cooper Heim all of Kansas City, KS. Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 10-12:00 PM followed by a funeral service at 12:00 PM both being held at Maple Hill Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Maple Hill Cemetery, KCK. Memorial contributions can be made in Michael’s loving memory to the National Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation; S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, MD 21727 and or to the Pink Heals; donations can be made online at www.pinkfiretrucks.org. To share a memory or to leave condolences, please visit www.maplehillfuneralhome.com.

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