Archive for November, 2017

Man dies in northwest Kansas fire

KAKE – November 30, 2017

Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that killed a Kansas man on Saturday.

The fire was reported just before 11 p.m. at 2451 County Road 78 near Quinter. Jill Bronaugh with the state fire marshal’s office said 35-year-old Jody Sneath died in the fire.

Bronaugh said another occupant of the residence and a firefighter suffered minor injuries.


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Controlled burn in west Shawnee Co. gets out of hand

By Nick Viviani
WIBW – November 30, 2017


Multiple fire departments have responded to west Shawnee Co. where a controlled burn got out of hand early Thursday afternoon.

The smoke from the brush fire could be seen across west Topeka.

Both Dover and Mission Twp. firefighters have been called to the scene, near the intersection of SW 19th and W. Union Road, to help put down the flames, authorities said.

When firefighters first responded to reports of a smoke in the area around 12:15 p.m., they found a controlled burn in progress, authorities said. With the flames apparently under control, emergency responders started to pack up. That’s when the fire started to out of hand and they started calling in backup.

Authorities did not say who was conducting the controlled burn.


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Second fire at vacant house under investigation

By A.J. Dome
WIBW – November 30, 2017

Topeka Fire officials are investigating their second fire at a vacant house Thursday morning.

Fire was called in around 6:35 a.m. at an abandoned home in the 3300 block of SE Irvingham.

Firefighters say thick smoke was visible when they arrived. The front of the house was scorched, and firefighters determined the fire was started outside.

They’re still investigating how the fire started.

This wasn’t the first fire TFD worked Thursday morning. The first one was called in shortly before 4 a.m. at a vacant home in the 1500 block of SW Polk.

Fire crews determined that blaze was intentionally set, with damage estimates of $6,500.


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Fire destroys E. Wichita home

KWCH – November 30, 2017

The Wichita Fire Department says a house in east Wichita is unlivable after an early morning fire.

Firefighters say they got the call around 1:30 a.m. on Thursday of a house fire near east Gilbert and south Christine.

No one was home at the time of the fire.

Crews say the house is a total loss.

WFD is still looking into what caused the fire.


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Early morning central Topeka house fire suspected as arson

By Johanna Hecht and Brian Dulle
KSNT – November 30, 2017

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Investigators say an early Thursday morning central Topeka house fire was intentionally set.

The Topeka Fire Department responded to the structure fire at 1532 Polk St. just before 4:00 a.m. When crews arrived they could see heavy smoke and flames coming from the rear western side of a single story house.

Crews were able to extinguish the fire and it was confirmed no occupants were inside.

Early investigation indicates the fire started on the exterior of the rear porch.

The cost of damage is estimated to be $6,500.


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Fatal tractor accident in Shawnee County Wednesday

By Nick Gosnell
WIBW News Now – November 30, 2017

A 67-year-old man died in a tractor accident in Shawnee County Wednesday night. Fire, EMS and Sheriff’s officers responded to the 4400 block of NE Croco Road shortly after 6 p.m.

It was determined that the man was using an 800 series Ford Tractor with a front loader and rear box blade attachment to do dirt work at the back of the property. Sometime between 3pm and 6pm as he was moving dirt to level a sloped area on the property the tractor rolled over, pinning him underneath it. When family returned home he was discovered and they summoned emergency personnel.

His name is not being released at this time to allow family to make notifications.


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Training – Traffic Incident Management

Traffic Incident Management

Shawnee County Park Police
Lake Shawnee Event Center
3025 SE Croco Rd
Topeka, KS 66605

January 17  8:30 am to 12:30 pm

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January 18  8:30 am to 12:30 pm

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The National Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Responder Training Program was created as part of SHRP 2, which was authorized by Congress in 2005. SHRP 2 has four areas of focus – safety, renewal, reliability, and capacity – and the National TIM Responder Training Program was developed under the reliability focus area. The TIM training program was designed to establish the foundation for and to promote consistent training of all responders to achieve the three objectives of the TIM National Unified Goal (NUG):

  • Responder Safety
  • Safe, Quick Clearance
  • Prompt, Reliable, Interoperable Communications

This is a NO COST course. We host it on the 17th and the 18th of January at the Lake Shawnee Event Center located within the Bettis Sports Complex 3025 SE Croco Rd. You will only need to sign up for one of the two days.


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Fire damages house on Locust this morning

By Susan Welte
Ottawa Herald – November 29, 2017

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A residence in the 800 block of South Locust Street in Ottawa is a “total loss” after a mid-morning fire,” Tim Matthias, Ottawa Fire Department chief, said.

One male occupant awoke shortly after 10 a.m. today to his house at 813 S. Locust St., Ottawa, full of smoke. He was able to safely evacuate the home, but a young dog died during the fire, Matthias said.

Matthias also said the department has not yet determined the cause of the fire.


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2 injured in south Wichita house fire

KSN – November 29, 2017

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Wichita fire crews said two people were injured Wednesday morning in a house fire.

The fire broke out around 11 a.m. in the 1500 block of South Market. When fire crews arrived, they found two people outside the home.

One suffered minor injuries, the other critical. Right now, there is no word on the cause of the fire.


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Goessel council hears concerns about radio expense

By Cynthia Goerzen
Hillsboro Free Press – November 29, 2017

Goessel City Council listened to the concerns of Matt Voth of the Goessel Fire Department regarding the local department as well as Marion County Emer­gency Medical Services at the council’s Nov. 20 meeting.

Voth told the council that although Goessel’s main pumper truck is still good, it is already 21 years old and will need to be replaced at some point. He said it would cost $250,000 to replace one truck, and mentioned that personal gear should be replaced every 15 years.

In addition, the county is telling each fire district to switch to the statewide 800 frequency radio system, which would provide better communication between the county fire districts and within individual districts.

The switch would require a new radio for each fire fighter and each truck. The county expects local fire departments to pay for the cost. However, the cost for the Goessel fire district would be $80,000, which is more than the fire district’s annual budget.

County fire districts are concerned about the cost of this unfunded county mandate and the effect it would have on continuing fire prevention, fire safety and fire fighting since equipment repairs and upgrades would have to be delayed.

The fire districts hope the county will help.

Voth commended the local department, “We have a very good crew of guys.”

Mayor Dave Schrag agreed, noting that when he was a firefighter, all the firefighters were well-trained to do their jobs. He expressed appreciation for the service they do for the city and community.


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Two houses heavily damaged in Gypsum fire

By Erin Mathews
Salina Journal – November 29, 2017

Photos by Tom Dorsey

The cause of a fire that heavily damaged two houses Wednesday morning and killed a family’s pet dog is under investigation, a representative of Saline County Emergency Management said.

Bernie Botson, deputy director of emergency management, said the cause and origin of the blaze that was reported by a city water employee at 9:05 a.m. is being investigated by Salina Fire Marshal Troy Long and an investigator from the Kansas Fire Marshal’s Office.

Botson said no one was injured in the flames. In addition to the two adjacent houses, a shed, a carport and four or five vehicles were destroyed. He said the dog that died was not able to escape a fenced backyard, but a second dog was able to escape and lived.

Botson said one of the two houses was an unoccupied rental house that people were planning to move into Friday. The other house was home to a young couple and their two dogs, he said. Botson said he could not release the names of the couple or the owner of the rental house. He said the couple, who he did not believe were home at the time of the fire, were being assisted by the North Central Kansas American Red Cross.

Botson said the initial report was of flames near a shed in the backyard of the vacant house. He said the city of Gypsum’s fire department was paged multiple times, but when that department did not respond in a timely manner, dispatchers called Rural Fire Department Nos. 1 and 5 for mutual aid.

He said firefighters fought the blaze for about an hour and a half. He said radio communication on the scene was spotty, and that led to some confusion. He said at one point there was concern that a firefighter may be unaccounted for, so a head count was conducted and it was determined that everyone was safe.


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Fredrick Joseph Brewster

Fredrick Joseph Brewster, 78, passed away on November 1, 2017.

Fred was born on December 16, 1938 in Sedan, Kansas to Dale Eugene and Easther Irene (Holeman) Brewster. On December 27, 1959, Fredrick married Patsy Louise Callaway. Fredrick had previously worked as a Firefighter for Sedgwick County, Wichita, Kansas. He enjoyed camping, fishing and wood working. Fred Loved his family and spending time with them.

Fred is survived by his wife Patsy of the home; sons Jeffrey (Cleola) Brewster of Wichita, Michael (Robyn) Brewster of Wichita; daughters Patricia (Tim) Logue of Augusta, Beth (Monty) Rush of Wichita; numerous grandchildren and step-grandchildren; sister Marcia (Norman) Unruh of Greensburg, KS; numerous nieces and nephews.

Fred is preceded in death by his parents; sisters Dottie Snyder and Jane Barrett.

Visitation will be Friday, November 3rd from 5-7 at the Dunsford Funeral Home in Augusta.

Funeral services will take place Saturday, November 4th at 1 p.m., at the First Baptist Church in Augusta. Interment will follow at Eden Cemetery at 3:30 p.m. in Milton, KS.

The family wishes Memorial Contributions be made out to either Sedgwick County Fire Fighters Association or Serenity Hospice, left in care of the Dunsford Funeral Home.


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Lawrence house damaged by early-morning fire

By Mike Frizzell/Operation 100 News
Lawrence Journal World – November 29, 2017

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Lawrence Firefighters are investigating after a house in the 1200 block of Lawrence Avenue caught fire early Wednesday.

According to radio traffic, a 911 caller reported the house was “fully engulfed” shortly before 2:30 a.m.

Arriving fire crews reported flames in the basement, second floor, attic, and on the exterior of the house.

Firefighters worked for about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control.

No injuries have been reported. The homeowner told firefighters that a black cat was somewhere inside the house.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation and a damage estimate was not immediately available.


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Two pets die in Osawatomie house fire

By Charity Keitel
Miami County Republic – November 29, 2017

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Two pets were killed, but no family members were injured during a house fire Thanksgiving night in Osawatomie.

Osawatomie Fire Chief Brian Love said the fire department was dispatched to the home at 128 Pacific Avenue at 4:57 p.m. Thursday.

The fire started in the area of a floor furnace, destroying several contents in the home. Love called the fire a “room-and-contents fire” and said it damaged about 25 percent of the house.

Damage was caused from heavy smoke as well as severe heat.

Love said the family was away at the time of the incident, but the family’s two pet dogs died as a result of the fire.

Because of the extent of the fire damage, Love said it is unlikely that the family will be able to move back into their house any time soon.


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Job Opening – Fire/EMS Division Chief – Halstead Fire Department

Position Summary

Highly responsible managerial position requiring abilities in planning, organizing, and directing firefighter training, providing basic life support, fire inspections, apparatus maintenance and fire reporting activities of the Halstead Fire/EMS Department. Work of the Division Chief involves responsibility of supervising, directing and coordinating operational command duties within the framework of Halstead Fire/EMS and assisting the individual members in the their tasks.

Essential Functions:

1: Provides basic life support as needed; Provides firefighting skills as needed

2: Performs supervisory work, assisting in the operation of the department

3: Coordinates and monitors fire training: identifies needed training, develops and coordinates training programs, keeps and up-dates training records, develops goals, lesson plans, test, and evaluations.

4: Plans and schedules outside training and works as a Fire Department liaison for fire training events.

5: Provides fire inspections within the City of Halstead: Coordinates and monitors inspection records and annual reporting to “The Office of the State Fire Marshal”

6: Performs and monitors the Fire Department “National Fire Incident Reporting System”

7: Attends Meetings

8: Provides positive and strong leadership to subordinate personnel

9: Aids in coordinating and monitoring of fire/EMS apparatus operational condition, pumps and equipment testing, maintenance, equipment, and readiness.

10: Maintain and exhibit discretion and integrity at all times when handling confidential information and ensure department operations are in compliance with local, state and federal rules, regulations and guidelines

Additional Duties

1: Assist in specification writing of department apparatus and equipment

2: Participates in the development and implementation of goals, objective, policies and priorities for the department

3: May serve as liaison for the department in various organizations

4: Performs other related work as required

Position Requirements

Experience / Training:

5 years of Fire/EMS leadership as a lieutenant or above
Certified Firefighter I & II – Hazardous Material Operations Level
National Certified Inspector I – (preferred or within 1 year of employment)
National Certified Instructor I
Kansas Certified EMT or Above (Advanced preferred)
NIMS level 300 (preferred)
Associates Degree in Fire Science or related work experience (preferred)
National Fire Incident Reporting Systems experience
Fire Investigator – (Within 3 Years of Employment)
Must have valid driver’s license
Application and attendance at the National Fire Academy (encouraged)

Other Skills Required

Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Competence with computers and office software
Problem solving: including personnel management, scheduling, and dealing with citizen’s concerns and complaints.
Decision making, detail oriented, and ability to work independently
Supervisor Responsibilities: The Division Chief in this position will supervise directly or through managers and subordinate supervisors, employees of the fire/EMS organization. Recommends disciplinary action when required.

Working Conditions

This position requires work to be performed at fire/EMS scenes, in apparatus bays, training facilities, and other work related locations that will range from ideal to hazardous conditions. Outdoor work environments, hazardous scenes and location work should be anticipated.

Physical Requirements:

Strenuous physical demand is expected of firefighters and fire officers. Individuals in this position are expected to be able to perform these functions

The statements in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive, but represents minimum elements and criteria considered necessary to adequately perform the job.

Vacancy Number: H-F/EMS1

Open Date: 11/28/2017 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 12/31/2017 11:59:59 PM

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Auction – 1988 Chevrolet Scottsdale 70 fire truck

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Butler County Fire Department – Truck Auction

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Spring Hill glass plant assist

Gardner News – November 29, 2017

Fire District #1 Of Johnson County responded as mutual aid for a building fire at the AGC Glass Company plant in Spring Hill located off of W. 204th St. and N. Webster. The fire was reported just before 9:50a.m. Nov. 27 morning. Johnson County Fire District No. 2 units could see black smoke showing while enroute to the incident. Additional resources were ordered.
Originally it was reported to the dispatch center that there were an unknown amount of employees hurt and that there was hot liquid glass leaking out of the furnace. Battalion 81 with Fire District #2 arrived on scene and established incident command. Additional units arrived on scene and began investigating. It was quickly determined that there were no injured employees and that there was a slow leak of hot liquid glass coming from the furnace. Employees onsite were already working on controlling the leak. Fire crews assisted the employees until the leak could be completely stopped.
There were three firefighters transported as a precaution and listed as non-critical condition.
The plant remains in full operation after this incident. Fire District #2 Of Johnson County is the in charge authority of this incident.


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Shoppers get generous with donations for Toys for Tots

By Gale Rose
Pratt Tribune – November 29, 2017


Showing off the toys are volunteers and firefighters (from left) Lt. Chad Van Slyke, Senior Operator Eric Welch, Assistant Fire Chief George Stevens, Fire Chief David Kramer, volunteer organizer Jason Leslie, Firefighter Justin Schwab (kneeling), volunteer Kristi Leslie, volunteer Riley Decker and Fire Capt. Dan Decker. Photo by Gale Rose

There was a lot of fire truck activity at Walmart on Nov. 24 but it had nothing to do with a fire although there were plenty of hot items coming to the fire trucks.

Toys for Tots and the Pratt Fire Department joined forces Friday for “Stuff the Truck” to collect hundreds of toys for area children that might not get a Christmas present this year.

Firefighters brought three trucks to the Walmart parking lot and distributed flyers to customers showing what items were needed and shoppers responded in a big way.

Hundreds of toys were purchased then donated to Toys for Tots. The firefighters accepted the toys and packed them into the fire trucks to transport them to the National Guard Armory for safe keeping until the toys are distributed in December.

Besides toy donations, there were cash donations of over $1,470 that will go to the purchase of more toys. There were also donations of wrapping paper and tape so the Christmas presents can be wrapped, said event organizer Jason Leslie.

Toys for children ages 0-18 were donated and will be distributed on Dec. 15-16 at the National Guard Armory. Registration for toys is required and can be done at Deadline for registration is Thursday, Dec. 13. Toys are donated only to families that live in Pratt County. On pickup day, parents or guardians will need to provide some form of I.D., a proof of residence and proof the family is receiving some form of assistance. More information is available at 620-672-2257.

This is the second year Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots has been active in Pratt and this year has started with a bang. This year’s Black Friday toy collection more than doubled the donations from last year and the cash donations were triple from last year as well, said volunteer Kristi Leslie.

The Pratt firefighters volunteer their time and equipment to help make this drive, the biggest of the year for Toys for Tots, a success. They distribute flyers, collect donations then unload the toys at the National Guard Armory.

Black Friday is chosen for the drive because it is the biggest shopping day of the year.

Donations are still being accepted until Dec. 13. There are Toys for Tots donation boxes located at many businesses around Pratt. Donations must be new toys only, unwrapped and for ages 0-18. The program cannot accept used toys, Leslie said.

The first year for Toys for Tots was very successful. There were some toys left over that provided a base for the program to work off of this year. With the huge response from donors this year, it will help assure that every child can get a Christmas present this year.

Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots is the largest non-profit organization in the U.S. Military.


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Pratt Tribune – November 28, 2017

Photo by Jennifer Stultz

Pratt city employees receiving service award certificates at Monday’s city commission meeting include (from left) Eric Welch and Chad VanSlyke, 10 years; Lance Flemming, 20 years; Tony Conn, 20 years, and Russ Rambat, 30 years. Mayor Lucas Kumberg presented the certificates. Lola Shumway, 15 years, was not present.

Pratt Mayor Lucas Kumberg presented five City of Pratt employees with service award certificates Monday at the regular city commission meeting. Honored by the commission for 10 years of service were Eric Welch, maintenance and fire truck driver, Chad VanSlyke, volunteer fireman. Lola Shumway (not present) was honored for 15 years of service as public works secretary and accounts receivable clerk. Receiving an award for 20 years of service were Tony Conn, power plant maintenance, and Lance Flemming, meter reader. Public works director Russ Rambat received an award for 30 years of employment with the city.


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JC Now Seg. 2 – Garry Berges, Geary County Rural Fire Chief

Junction City Post – November 28, 2017

Radio Interview with Garry Berges, Geary County Rural Fire Chief


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Two dead after carbon monoxide poisoning

Hays Daily News – November 28, 2017

Hays Police Department Chief Don Scheibler is urging residents to be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning as the season for cold weather hits the area.

The warning comes after two people died after being poisoned by carbon monoxide during the weekend in Hays.

“Gas and portable generators produce dangerous gas,” Scheibler said. “Never use them indoors, and make sure they are at least 20 feet away from doors and windows. And make sure you have a battery operated or battery backup carbon monoxide detector. It’s also a good idea to have your furnaces inspected every year.”

Hays PD was called to the 700 block of East Sixth at 1:22 p.m. Friday for a report of a female not breathing. Officers responding found two people dead in the house.

A gas generator had been set up inside a trailer house and was producing the poisonous gas, resulting in the death of a 40-year-old female and a 37-year-old male.

The switch on the generator was still turned on, but it had run out of fuel and stopped working.

The Ellis County coroner ruled the deaths accidental from carbon monoxide, most likely from the generator.

The Hays PD, county coroner and the Hays Fire Department assisted in the investigation.

It is believed to be the first carbon monoxide poisoning deaths in the city since 2007.


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One person killed in explosion at new Garmin headquarters in Olathe

By Sean McDowell
FOX 4 – November 28, 2017

A worker has died Monday afternoon after an explosion at the new Garmin headquarters under construction in Olathe, officials say.

Olathe Fire Department spokesman Mike Hall told Fox 4 a subcontractor was working on a high-pressure valve in a warehouse near a loading dock when the valve ruptured around 2:30 p.m. Monday.

The worker was killed instantly. No one else was injured. Officials have not yet released any identifying information about the victim.

“We’ve transitioned into a death investigation where we will continue to investigate exactly what occurred here to the best of our ability,” Olathe Police Sgt. Logan Bonney said.

The new headquarters is currently under construction at 1550 S. Mahaffie Circle in Olathe.

The company overseeing the construction of the new headquarters issued the following statement:

“McCownGordon Construction would like to express our firm’s deepest sympathy to the victim’s family, friends and co-workers. We understand that local authorities, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are currently investigating the incident. It is inappropriate for us to comment at this time.”


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Salina Tech and City Sign Police Science Agreement

KSAL – November 28, 2017

Officers of the Salina Police Department will begin teaching classes at Salina South High School during the 2018-19 school year, under an agreement signed Monday between the City of Salina and Salina Area Technical College.

Under the terms of the agreement, the city will provide two on-duty officers who will each teach five hours of classes weekly during the 2018-19 school year. Salina Tech will pay the city $3,600 per semester.

The Police Science classes the officers will teach are part of a new Public Safety Pathway being offered to juniors and seniors in the Salina School District. Students in this pathway also have the option of focusing on Fire Science, which will be taught by Salina firefighters.

While the classes are taught at South High, they are open to Central High students as well.

Individual classes in the Police Science focus of the pathway include “Introduction to Criminal Justice” for juniors, and “Law Enforcement Operations and Procedures,” “Criminal Procedures,” “Criminal Investigations” and “Criminal Justice Interview and Report Writing” for seniors.

Classes in the Fire Science focus include “Introduction to Fire Science” for juniors, and “Wildland Firefighting for Structural Firefighters,” “HazMat for First Responders,” “Firefighter I” and “Firefighter II” for seniors.

Students who complete the Pathway will have earned at least 24 college credit hours through Salina Tech, as well as elective credits that count towards their high school graduation requirements.

The State of Kansas will pay the students’ tuition for most of the classes through the Kansas Excel in CTE program (CTE stands for Career and Technical Education). Under an agreement signed with the Salina School District in October, Salina Tech agreed to waive tuition for classes not covered by the Excel in CTE program.

Stephani Johns-Hines, Vice President of Instruction at Salina Tech, said that while there are other high schools in Kansas that offer Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security Pathways, this is the only concurrent credit model to her knowledge that operates in the high school, taught by subject matter experts from local agencies, and supported by the city and other local agencies. That makes it an extremely effective use of area resources with potential to keep students local, reinvesting into the community.

Johns-Hines said the Kansas Highway Patrol and Salina Airport Authority will provide resources to the program as well, such as lessons on airport security screenings.

The Salina School District first identified the need for a Public Safety Pathway in 2011, when a Career and Technical Education task force was working on ways the district could prepare students for careers that are in demand locally. The task force determined that firefighting and law enforcement were among the four highest priorities.

Upon graduating from high school, students who pursue the Fire Science option and are 18 years of age will be eligible to take the state’s fire science certification test. Upon passing the test, they’ll be eligible to be hired as firefighters in Salina and elsewhere around the state.

Kansas requires law enforcement officers be at least 21, but graduates of the Police Science option will be able to work in other capacities, such as corrections officers. They will also be able to continue their education at Salina Tech, earning an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Police Science, which Johns-Hines expects the college to offer beginning in the spring of 2018.

Salina Tech was founded in 1965, and now has 14 full-time programs in which students can pursue either a Technical Certificate or an Associate of Applied Science degree. It also offers numerous short-term classes throughout the year. The New York-based Aspen Institute has ranked Salina Tech in the top 10 percent of community colleges nationwide five consecutive times, and the Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked the college fifth in the nation among two-year colleges based on its graduation rate.


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The Pittsburg Fire Department informs public about fireplace safety

By Stephanie Potter
Pittsburg Morning Sun – November 28, 2017

Fire safety becomes a priority as the weather cools and the holiday season approaches.

Pittsburg Fire Marshal Thomas Vacca shared a few essential tips on keeping homes safe while enjoying the crackling of an open fire.

Vacca said one first things to do to prepare for fireplace use is to have it inspected and cleaned by a certified technician once a year to avoid preventable fires from soot build-up.

He said it is also important to test smoke alarms monthly and to keep a fire extinguisher around in an event of a fire.

A carbon monoxide detector is another safety feature which should be kept in a home with a fireplace, Vacca said. Smoke and carbon monoxide combination detectors can be purchased at local home supply stores, he said.

In homes where there are children, Vacca said he suggests having a barrier to prevent them from getting too close to the flames.

“We definitely want to have some sort of barrier in front of it to keep the kids from getting too

close to fireplace,” he said.

He said a 3-foot kid-free zone away from open flames is suggested.

Vacca said the type of wood, such as dry seasoned wood, can help prevent popping which could cause burns if sap is in the wood.

A sturdy screen can keep sparks from flying around the room, Vacca said, and ash should always be placed in a metal container — never in plastic as it could melt — and the ashes should be cooled before being disposed of.

He said people with a natural gas fireplace should call their gas company immediately is they can smell the gas in the air. Vacca said to not light anything and ventilate and to call emergency personnel if there are concerns.

When it comes to the Christmas tree, Vacca said to keep it at least three feet or more away from any heat source, including the fireplace. The same is for flammable decorations.

He also said to use flameless candles as an alternative and to use lights that have been tested in a qualified lab, along with turning of the tree lights before heading to bed or leaving home.

Vacca said real trees in the home can be a fire hazard, to reduce risks he said to water the tree regularly to avoid the tree becoming dried out. When the season is over, he said to dispose of the tree as soon as possible.

For more information about fire safety, Vacca said to visit or


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Brush fire put out under Neosho River bridge

Chanute Tribune – November 28, 2017

Chanute firefighters responded to a brush fire early Monday morning at the Neosho River bridge east of Chanute.

A representative of the Kansas Department of Transportation said a Neosho County deputy discovered the fire in driftwood under the north side of the bridge.

The fire was reported at 3:41 am Monday and the Chanute Fire Department responded with foam to extinguish it. KDOT also brought a bulldozer to clear the driftwood.

No damage was reported to the bridge and no traffic control was necessary because of the light traffic at that hour.


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Updated: KSFFA Regional Fire School – Colby

KSFFA Regional Fire School
Hosted by Colby Fire Department
December 2-3, 2017
Location: Colby High School

Friday Night

Introduction to Critical Incident Stress Management – Stress Awareness, Management and Mitigation (SAMM)

1900 hours at Colby Fire Department Friday, December 1st

No pre-registration and no fee.

Saturday Morning – December 2 – 8:00 a.m.

  1. Firefighter Safety & Survival – 8 hours
  2. Pump Operations – 8 hours
  3. Rapid Intervention Training – 8 hours
  4. Wildfires – 8 hours

Sunday Morning – December 3 – 8:00 a.m.

  1. Fire Behavior and Extinguishers – 4 hours
  2. Grain Elevators – 4 hours
  3. Ground Ladders & Ropes – 4 hours
  4. Ventilation – 4 hours

Sunday – December 3 – Noon

  1. KSFFA Burn Trailer


  • These courses are offered at no charge.
  • These schools are open to all firefighters/EMS
  • The KSFFA furnishes medical insurance for all participants.
  • The KSFFA is not responsible for lost or damaged clothing or equipment.
  • If you desire to have Firefighter One or Two testing, this must be pre-registered through Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute.
  • The KSFFA offers fit testing with its porta-count machine at all regional fire school.


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Firefighters warn against playing on frozen ponds, lakes are rivers

By Nicole Phillips
KSHB – November 27, 2017

Ponds, lakes and rivers are just a few places we go to cool off in the summer, but they can turn into dangerous ice baths in the winter months, as water temperatures fall and the risk of danger rises.

Fire Lieutenant Ben Petry from the Overland Park Fire Department talked about some misconceptions when it comes to cold and frozen bodies of water.

He said that your body could go into hypothermia even if water isn’t frozen, but just cold, since hypothermia depends on your body’s ability to maintain its temperature, not necessarily the temperature of the water.

The effects of being in cold water or ice water are immediate, and I found out first hand as I stuck my hand in ice-cold water for about 40 seconds. My ability to grab, pull and clinch a rope became slim to none. Similar symptoms happen when people are trapped in cold water or ice.

When temperatures dip below freezing for an extended period of time, a thin sheet of ice may form and it may become tempting to walk or play on it.

That may be dangerous, especially with the typical winters we see in Missouri in Kansas, because it can be difficult to determine the thickness of the ice, and whether or not it will be able to hold the weight of a person.

For example, some winters have brief periods of extremely cold temperatures followed by a warmup. This freezing and thawing effect can make a layer of ice look deceivingly safe, but with the weight of your body on top, a simple crack is enough to send your falling through.

Fire departments are equipped with tools to help rescue someone if they do fall through ice, such as thick, full-body dry suits that keep water out from head to toe, and ice shoes to safely walk on ice.

However, they would rather you avoid the ice all together.

“It may look like you can walk out on the ice, but we recommend not going even close to that, or any kind of frozen water. It will look safe, but it’s not. I guarantee you it is not,” Petry said.


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Crews respond to Wendy’s electrical fire

By Grant Merrill
Andover Leader – November 27, 2017

There were some tense moments for employees of an Andover fast food restaurant on Sunday. The Andover Fire-Rescue Department says they responded to the Wendy’s at Central and Andover Road around noon to reports of an electrical fire.

“Your Andover firefighters responded to Wendy’s on N. Andover road around noon for a reported electrical fire. We found the fire out on our arrival.” the Department said Sunday. “Electrical wires under the cooking griddle caught fire and extended to some other materials in the area, including a trash can. The fire got so hot, it even warped a small area on the grill.”

Fire Chief Chad Russell says there were no injuries reported in the incident. Maintenance crews spent the better part of their Sunday working to get the grill working again.


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Fatal accident reported in Manhattan

By Cathy Dawes
KMAN – November 27, 2017

A 30-year-old Manhattan man died in a Friday night crash in the 1800 block of Anderson Avenue. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Spencer Clark was driving a Honda S-2000 Convertible westbound when the vehicle went into a skid, crossing all lanes of traffic. Clark’s Honda then exited the roadway to the south, impacted a tree, and came to a rest next to a residence on its top.

The accident was reported shortly after 10 p.m. Friday. Clark was wearing a seatbelt.


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Brett Michael Moeder

Brett Michael Moeder, 30, died Nov. 21, 2017, at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita. He was born March 11, 1987, at Great Bend the son of Michael J. and Kala J. Moran Moeder. He was a lifetime Ellinwood resident and worked as a diesel mechanic and farm hand for Clint Hammeke Farms. He served as a volunteer on the Ellinwood Fire Department. Brett graduated from Ellinwood High School with the class of 2005. He then received his Diesel Mechanic Degree from Salina Area Vo Tech.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council 1187, 4th Degree Coronado Assembly, Ellinwood Fire Department and Sons of the American Legion, all of Ellinwood.
He is survived by his parents, Mike and Kala Moeder of Ellinwood; sister, Candice and Brandon Lawellin of Great Bend; grandmother, Dorothy Moeder of Ellinwood; niece Ella Lawellin; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins; and his four legged hunting companion Diesel. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Leonard Moeder, Jack and Dottie Moran.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 27, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ellinwood with Father Terrance Klein officiating. Burial will take place at the Lakin Comanche Cemetery in Ellinwood. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. on today at St. Joseph Church with Parish Vigil and Knights of Columbus Rosary at 7 p.m. Memorials may be given to the Ellinwood Fire Department and EMS in care of Birzer Funeral Home of Lyons.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Birzer Funeral Home**
214 West Ave. South
Lyons, Ks. 67554
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Hutchinson man killed in Sedgwick County accident late Friday

By Nick Gosnell
WIBW – November 27, 2017

A Hutchinson man died in an accident late Friday night that was not reported until Saturday morning.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a 2000 Nissan Pathfinder driven by 33-year-old Stephen E. Warren of Hutchinson was westbound on K96 at mile marker 268.1. The vehicle left the roadway to the north for an unknown reason and entered the field. The vehicle traveled several hundred feet and then rolled. The driver was ejected. The exact time of occurrence is unknown at this time.

Warren was pronounced dead at the scene.


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Attica woman killed in vehicle vs. deer accident in Barber County

Pratt Tribune – November 27, 2017

An Attica woman was killed in a vehicle vs. deer accident Nov. 23 in Barber County on U.S. 281.

The accident occurred when a southbound 2013 Ford Explorer on U.S. 281 about 11 miles north of Medicine Lodge, driven by 64-year-old Calvin Boyd of Medicine Lodge, struck a deer that entered the roadway from the west ditch. The deer became airborne and hit a northbound 2007 Chevy Malibu driven by 19-year-old Gracie Gurenheide of Attica who was killed in the accident. The Ford came to a stop facing south in the south bound lane while the Malibu went north into the northbound ditch facing northwest, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol On-line Crash Log website.

Gurenheide’s passenger Myrna Altha, 22 of Medicine Lodge was injured in the accident and transported to Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital. Boyd and his passenger 60-year-old Carla Boyd of Medicine Lodge were not injured in the accident. All four were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident that was reported at 6:16 p.m. on Nov. 23.


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Volunteer firemen respond to grass fire

By Gail Parsons
Abilene Reflector Chronicle – November 27, 2017

Solomon, Talmage and Grant Township volunteer fire departments were called out to a fire on Interstate 70 between mileposts 271 and 272 at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Winds at about 10 miles per hour were from the south, which helped keep the smoke away from the interstate.Dickinson County Emergency Communications reported, “From the time of the first report until we had FD units on scene (about 10 minutes) we received 40 911 calls from travellers on I-70.”


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Apartment fire starts on Thanksgiving

By Chad Frey
Newton Kansan – November 27, 2017

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Firefighters responded to a residential fire just after 6 p.m. Nov. 23, Thanksgiving Day.

They found a “fully engulfed” apartment unit in a complex at 1220 E. Broadway, a property owned by Jason Mitchell. The resident of the apartment was not home when the fire started, and everyone was able to get out of the building unharmed.

“That’s important,” Mitchell said. “My stuff is replaced by insurance, but lives are not.”

Fire damage was limited to one apartment in the complex. The complex houses 16 apartments, a mixture of one and two bedroom apartments. Mitchell has owned the building for about 11 years.

Cause of the fire is unknown.

Mitchell estimated damages from the fire at between $50,000 and $100,000.

“It was just the one unit, for the others it was just some smoke damage and some windows got hot enough that outside panes busted,” Mitchell said. “They will all (except the unit where the fire originated) will be occupied (Friday). They did not want them in there (Thursday) night because of possible carbon monoxide. … It will be in excess of $50,000 to rebuild that apartment and I am not sure what the exterior damage will be.”

One tenant was left without a place to go that night — Mitchell gave them the keys to an open apartment he owns for a place to sleep that night.


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Child dies in morning house fire

By Santiago Kahn
KSN – November 27, 2017


A child has died and the father is in serious condition in an early morning house fire near 17th and Lorraine.

Fire crews were dispatched just after 5 this morning on the report of a fire with someone trapped inside.

Crews arrived to the sound of smoke alarms and the father outside.

They found the child dead in a room inside. The father was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

Originally, fire crews were dispatched to an address on Chautauqua. After not finding the fire at that location, they drove one block to the East and found a home with smoke showing.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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Discarded fireplace ashes caused destructive Thanksgiving Day house fire

By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence Journal World – November 27, 2017

Improperly discarded fireplace ashes sparked the blaze that effectively totaled a south Lawrence house on Thanksgiving Day, Fire Chief Mark Bradford said Friday.

Bradford said ashes had been removed from the fireplace and put into a cardboard box in the garage, where the fire started.

“Ashes will stay hot for days, and people just don’t realize that,” Bradford said.

About 9:30 a.m. Thursday, firefighters arrived at the two-story house at 2901 Atchison Circle, where the garage was engulfed in flames. Firefighters brought the blaze under control by 10 a.m.

The two residents of the house were home when the fire started, but they weren’t injured, Bradford said.

He said the local Red Cross was helping the displaced residents.

Bradford said a dollar amount for damages was not immediately available but that the house was probably a total loss.

“There’s significant damage,” he said. “A good portion of that house will have to be removed and rebuilt.”


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House Fire in Gardner

Gardner Edge – November 27, 2017


Our agency responded to the 31300 block of W. 172nd St. in Gardner, KS for a reported house fire around 12:15 p.m. this afternoon (Nov. 25th). While enroute, crews could see smoke showing from a distance away. The first arriving Engine found a residential home with fire showing on the outside of the house. Crews were able to knock down the fire quickly before it could spread any further.

The family was not home at the time of fire. A next door neighbor spotted the fire and called 911 immediately.

The fire caused damage to the siding of the home and a small portion of the front yard. The inside of the home was not damaged by the fire. The family that resides at the home is still able to stay in the home after the fire. There are no injuries to report. The cause of fire is still under investigation by our agency.

We would like to thank the Gardner Police Department and Johnson County Med-Act for their assistance during this incident. We would also like to applaud the next door neighbor for their quick action in spotting the fire and reporting it immediately which lead to a great outcome and prevented the fire from spreading any further.


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Residents displaced after apartment fire

By Michael Stavola
Hutchinson News – November 27, 2017

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Dozens of residents at the Tierra Verde Apartments waited for an American Red Cross overnight shelter Wednesday after a third story apartment fire caused the building to be evacuated.

Hutchinson Fire Department Deputy Chief Doug Hanen said calls came in at 5:23 p.m. and firefighters were able to contain the fire to the living room of the apartment within 20 minutes of arriving. He didn’t believe anyone was in the apartment when the fire started.

Hanen said no one was one was injured, but water damage caused by the sprinkler system and the fire hose affected most apartments in the 28-apartment complex on Avenue A.

“There’s a lot of people going to be displaced tonight,” Hanen said. He did not have a count at the time.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation. Hanen said the department responded with six fire engines, two trucks and a total of 28 personnel.

“We had everybody,” he said.

The Tierra Verde Apartments were built in 2008. The two-bedroom apartments are part of New Beginnings.


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Firefighters battle 2nd blaze near Stockton

Hays Daily News – November 27, 2017

Fire crews from several other northwest Kansas counties worked against the wind Friday to control another large grass fire near Webster State Park in Rooks County.

The fire started on Highway 24 between county roads 11 and 12, then spread to the south approximately 5 miles. It burned an estimated 4,000 acres of land, said Butch Post, Rooks County emergency management coordinator.

“The wind was terrible,” Post said. “It was jumping roads faster than we could keep up with it.”

The blaze was contained by 8 p.m. Friday, though crews continued monitoring hot spots Saturday morning.

The fire likely was started by a faulty lightning arrester on a nearby power pole, he said.

A few firefighters suffered minor injuries such as smoke inhalations and minor burns.

Two homes in the area were evacuated as a precaution, but no residences were damaged in the fire.

“It was kind of iffy for awhile,” Post said. “But it worked out well and we got it done.”

Fire crews from Stockton, Plainville, Palco, Damar, Logan, Phillipsburg, Kensington, Smith Center and Alton responded, along with units from Ellis, Graham and Trego counties.


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Crews battle large grass fire

By Kaley Conner
Hays Daily News – November 27, 2017

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A massive grass fire has been contained after burning for several hours Friday near the Ellis/Russell county line just north of Gorham.

At its height, the fire stretched nearly 5 miles long from Land Road in Russell County to Old U.S. Highway 40. It likely was an electric fire started near an oil pumping well, said Keith Haberer, Russell County emergency manager.

“It’s contained,” he said Friday evening. “And we’re just mainly putting out hot spots right now. There’s trees and bales and you name it that’s still burning out there, but it’s not going anywhere.”

Crews remained on the scene as of Saturday morning, monitoring hot spots.

The fire started early Friday afternoon in Ellis County and moved southeast. A strong wind helped the fire spread and made it difficult to contain, said Darin Myers, Ellis County emergency manager and fire chief.

“I don’t know what the top wind speeds were,” he said. “The wind was definitely a big factor.”

No firefighters were badly hurt, though some were treated for minor issues such as smoke inhalation, Haberer said. No homes were damaged, though it’s not yet clear if any other structures such as outbuildings might have been involved.

The entire town of Gorham was blanketed in thick smoke, and Old U.S. Highway 40 temporarily was closed to through traffic. Smoke was visible from as far as Hays and Great Bend.

Units from Victoria and Catharine responded from Ellis County, with all of the Russell County rural fire companies responding: Paradise/Waldo/Natoma, Luray, Lucas, Dorrance, Bunker Hill, Russell Grant Township, Milberger and Gorham. Additional help came from Ellsworth County, Haberer said.

Many volunteer firefighters still were out-of-town for the Thanksgiving holiday, making staffing a challenge.

“Staffing was an issue,” he said. “I think at every station, we were a little short-handed with people being gone for the holidays.”

Area farmers and residents, however, were quick to rush in to assist. Many farmers arrived at the scene with discs and water tanks to help hold the line of fire, Myers said.

“We had a lot of help from everyone you could think of,” Myers said. “It’s amazing in these small communities how everyone can come together and help each other out.”


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Mobile home fire under control in south Wichita

By Bryan Ramsdale
KAKE – November 27, 2017


A mobile home caught fire in south Wichita around 8:15 p.m. Sunday.

Emergency Dispatchers say an observant neighbor called 911 to report a nearby mobile home was on fire. The home was near I-235 and Meridian Street in south Wichita.

Fire crews arrived on scene and quickly extinguished the flames.

There are no reported injuries because of the fire.


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Crews battle cotton bale fire in Harper County

KWCH – November 27, 2017


Harper County fire crews are on the scene of a massive cotton bale fire near the town of Anthony.

We’re told around 300 bales of cotton are burning.

Fire officials tell us they expect the bales to burn for days.

This morning, crews are working to remove other bales that haven’t caught fire to keep it from spreading.

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Residents evacuate but no one hurt in Topeka apartment fire

By Tim Hrenchir
Topeka Capital Journal – November 27, 2017

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Residents of an apartment building at 1306 S.W. Harrison self-evacuated late Saturday after rags or clothes on top of a stove caught fire in Apt. 10 on its ground floor, an official said.

No one was hurt, said Battalion Chief Mark Brannock of the Topeka Fire Department.

Firefighters were called at 8:43 p.m. to the apartment complex, said a dispatcher for the Shawnee County Emergency Communications Center.

Firefighters arrived to find light to medium-level smoke inside the building, Brannock said.

The cause of the blaze was under investigation, he said.


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Authorities identify victims of triple fatality crash near Holton

By Tim Hrenchir
Topeka Capital Journal – November 27, 2017

A joyful day turned tragic when a head-on collision late Saturday between a sport utility vehicle and a minivan on US-75 highway north of Holton killed three family members of two players on the Sabetha High School football team, which had won a state championship that day.

A Nebraska woman, a Missouri man and another male relative of the players suffered disabling injuries in the crash, which authorities said occurred after the Nebraska woman tried to pass a third vehicle.

The Nebraska woman and the other driver — the players’ mother, Carmen K. Ukele — both swerved to the shoulder to try to avoid colliding, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol accident report published online.

The report identified those killed as Carmen Ukele. 42; Marlee G. Ukele, 11; and Stephen M. Ukele, 62, all of Sabetha.

Carmen Ukele, Marlee Ukele and Stephen Ukele were the mother, sister and uncle of Sabetha players Tanner Ukele and Carson Ukele.

Another family member who’d been in the minivan — the boys’ father and Carmen’s husband, Lee F. Ukele, 59, of Sabetha — was airlifted by Life Star helicopter ambulance to the University of Kansas Medical Center at Kansas City, Kan., according to the report.

It indicated Maria D. Perez-Marquez, 48, of Omaha, Neb., was taken by Life Star to KU Medical Center. Her one passenger, Rosalao G. Perez, 29, of St. Joseph, Mo., was initially taken to Topeka’s Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center, and was to also be airlifted to KU Medical Center..

The Kansas Highway Patrol was investigating circumstances of the crash, which came on a day when Sabetha High School had won the 3A State Football Championship at Hutchinson by defeating Marysville, 7-6.

The accident report indicated the crash occurred about one-half mile north of US-75’s intersection with 318 Road. The crash site was about 12 miles north of Holton. US-75 is a two-lane highway in the area involved.

Stephen Ukele, Marlee Ukele and Lee Ukele were passengers in a 2008 Town & Country minivan driven by Carmen Ukele, the report said.

It indicated Perez-Marquez was driving a 2008 Equinox SUV southbound on US-75 while Carmen Ukele was driving the minivan northbound.

Perez-Marquez was attempting to pass another southbound vehicle when she and Carmen Ukele both tried to avoid colliding by both swerving to the east shoulder, where they struck head-on, according to the report. Both vehicles came to rest on that shoulder.

Authorities closed US-75 between K-20 highway on the north and K-9 on the south for nearly eight hours after the crash. It reopened at 4:02 a.m. Sunday, a highway patrol dispatcher said.

Carmen Ukele, Marlee Ukele, Stephen Ukele and Perez were all wearing seat belts, the accident report said. It indicated authorities hadn’t determined whether Perez-Marquez or Lee Ukele were wearing seat belts.

The highway patrol, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Netawaka, Holton, Whiting, Hoyt and Kickapoo fire departments responded to the scene, as did Life Star and Jackson County Emergency Medical Services, said Jackson County Sheriff Tim Morse.

Popkess Mortuary at Sabetha was expected to be in charge of funeral arrangements for the Ukules.


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46 tenants relocated after fire at Osawatomie senior living apartments

By Belinda Post
KSHB – November 22, 2017

Nearly 50 people were pushed out into the cold as they were evacuated from their homes when a fire broke out just after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, in Osawatomie, Kansas.

One resident of Senior Living Apartments on Carr Street was Jimmy Lewis.

“The main thing I was worried about was my dog,” said Lewis, who only grabbed his chihuahua, Buddy.

Lewis had just sat down to dinner when he smelled something funny.

“Like a bunch of wires burning, you know, when wires get hot,” said Lewis, who actually has only lived at the complex about a month.

Wayne Dempsey lives on the second floor, where the fire started. He said he was wearing pajamas when a police officer knocked on his door during the evacuation.

“When we got outside we didn’t see blazes just a lot of smoke,” said Dempsey.

The city manager said it was a stove fire. The smoke went into the vent and spread damaging five units and one hallway.

When all 46 residents were evacuated they were met by community support.

They were bused by the Life Care Center and school district to the auditorium.

The firefighter’s wives, fondly calling themselves the Osawatomie Fire Wives, grabbed supplies like socks, blankets, food and water. They passed it out to those in need.

“It didn’t take us very long to figure out what to do,” said Loree Love, president of the Fire Wives.

Sonic and Pizza Hut also donated food.

The Fire Wives said some of the people were disoriented or upset, and they wanted to talk with everyone.

“I think all of them knew people were here to help,” said Erica Kriesel, Fire Wife.

The city manager said right now sprinklers are being tested, and they are making sure fire alarms and everything else is up to code.

It is too soon to say when people will be able to move back into their units. In the meantime, the Red Cross is providing assistance and many people are staying in a hotel.

The Life Care Center opened up its west end for those who need routine medical care or a place to stay.

Firefighters from Paola and Fontana fire departments also assisted.

No one was hurt in the fire.

Many apartments could open by noon Monday. Anyone trying to get personal items should do so by 5 p.m. Friday.

Authorities found several pets as well as recovered residents’ medications. Those medications were taken to Schrader Insurance, 526 Main St., and can be collected there after 2 p.m. Wednesday.


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Harold “Lee” Miller

Harold “Lee” Miller, age 79, of Garnett, Kansas, passed away on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at Richmond Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Richmond, Kansas.

Lee was the former fire chief for the City of Garnett.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 25, 2017, at the Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel in Garnett, Kansas. Burial will follow in the Glenloch Pleasantview Cemetery, west of Garnett. The family will greet friends from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Friday evening at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Garnett American Legion Baseball Fund.


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Joco car fire video

By Monty Davis
Kansas City Star – November 22, 2017


Firefighters from Johnson County and Olathe battled a car fire on northbound Interstate 35 Tuesday night near 167th Street.

There were no injuries.

The dramatic fire scene was captured by a helmet camera worn by one of the firefighters.

Watch the video above to see the scene unfold.


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Wednesday fire damages 2 houses just west of downtown Topeka

By Steve Fry
Topeka Capital Journal – November 22, 2017

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Smoke towered over downtown Topeka Wednesday morning when a fire heavily damaged the east side of a one-story frame house.

The fire was reported at around 11 a.m. Wednesday at 1404 S.W. Polk. Heavy smoke from the fire could easily be seen from the 600 block of S.E. Jefferson more than a mile northeast of the burning house.

No one was injured in the house or while fighting the fire, Topeka Fire Department Shift Commander Dan Mackey said.

The house at 1400 S.W. Polk just north of the fire location sustained heat damage which melted the vinyl siding. The two houses are about 10 feet apart.

Firefighters wearing air packs struggled to extinguish flames that burned inside the east wall at 1404 S.W. Polk and appeared to be trapped inside the ridge of the east roof. A firefighter carried a singed metal gasoline can away from the smoking house. The seam on the can’s top had fractured.

The fire department, which had nine vehicles at the fire scene, hadn’t determined the cause of the fire or how much monetary damage was done.

Samantha Ginter, an employee at the Tyler Towers, 600 S.W. 14th, said she had just gone outside her job site to take a break and smoke a cigarette when she saw the fire just south of her.

“All I saw was flames,” Ginter said. The flames were burning through a back window on the east side of the house, Ginter said.

Mackey said no one was inside the house when firefighters arrived at the fire scene. The front of the house appeared to have some damage.


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