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John Alex Earhart

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John Alex Earhart passed into heaven Dec. 5, 2018, to meet with family and friends at the rainbow bridge. He was 89.

He was born in 1929 at Barnes Hospital, Osage City. He grew up in Osage City and was active in Boy Scouts and music department in high school. He graduated from Osage City High School in 1947 and traveled to Richland, Wash., to work at Hanford Atomic Energy Works. He returned to Kansas and worked at Osage Gas and Electric until being drafted into the Army in 1951. He served in Korea with 84th Construction Engineers building bridges across Imjin River, including Freedom Gate Bridge.

He married Shirley Ann Walden Aug. 8, 1953. She survives of the home. They had two children and two grandchildren.

In 1955, he joined Osage City Fire Department where he served for almost 40 years and chief for 21 years. His fire service included several years as secretary of the Kansas State Firefighter’s Association. Governor Mike Hayden appointed him State Fire Marshal and he served until 1991. He was the first volunteer fire chief to be appointed to that position. He continued to serve on the board of Osage County Fire District No. 2 until earlier this year.

He worked at Hallmark Cards, Osage City plant, for 23 years until his retirement in 1988. He also served on Osage City Council. During his tenure, he was instrumental in passing a measure for the pipeline from Melvern Reservoir to support the city water supply. He was also an active member of Osage City United Methodist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and scuba diving. He was an avid gun collector before auctioning off his collection several years ago.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Orval and Mary Ruth Hotchkiss Earhart; a step-granddaughter, Nina Mierzejewski; and two dear friends, Chick Brewer and Donnie Williams.

Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Gordon Earhart and wife, Vicki and Darrin Earhart and wife, Valerie; a granddaughter, Chelsea Earhart; a grandson Collin Earhart and wife, Alycia; a step-grandson, Jon Mierzejewski; a sister Carol Carey and husband, John; a nephew, J.W. Carey and wife, Cheryl; a great-niece, Lindsay Carey; and a great-nephew, Jack Carey.

A Celebration of Life will be held 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at First United Methodist Church, Osage City. Inurnment will follow at Osage City Cemetery with military honors provided by U.S. Army. Visitation will be 9 a.m. until service time Monday at the church.

John requests that he be cremated and there be no flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to Osage County Fire District No. 2 or Osage City United Methodist Church and sent in care of Carey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 196, Burlingame, KS 66413.

 

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Kansas Fire News – December 6, 2018

https://www.kwch.com/content/news/2-killed-in-crash-near-Goddard-502032771.html

http://themercury.com/news/area/dead-injured-in-riley-county-car-crash-tuesday/article_fa1ff4dd-19aa-57e1-9744-99b810c90c86.html

http://www.hutchnews.com/news/20181205/electrical-short-causes-porch-fire-in-hutchinson

https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/olathe-southwest-joco/article222681940.html

https://www.kctv5.com/news/tonganoxie-police-department-investigates-a-fire-at-s-s-alloy/article_f968d690-f849-11e8-97e3-b7622f780a67.html

https://www.fourstateshomepage.com/news/firefighters-and-police-raise-money-for-athletes-in-the-special-olympics/1641071575

https://www.kwch.com/content/news/Portable-heater-blamed-for-Hutch-house-fire-501998551.html

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Job Opening – Fire Plan Reviewer – City of Topeka Development Services Division

The City of Topeka Development Services Division is seeking candidates for a newly created civilian entry-level plan reviewer position that examines plans, specifications for fire suppression, fire detection, special hazards, high piled storage and hazardous materials installations for compliance to City ordinances and adopted codes/regulations. Specific duties include:

•Examines building plans for all non-structural issues to insure compliance with locally adopted ordinances and codes/regulations

•Conducts preliminary building investigations for proposed construction

•Prepares written reports concerning existing conditions and how current adopted ordinances and codes will affect the proposal

•Make written and or oral recommendations for compliance

•Consults with architects, engineers, contractors, developers and the public in regard to locally adopted ordinances and codes/regulations

•Discusses alternatives with all customers for being incomplete plans into code compliance. Work with the customer to resolve their concern (s) and or problem (s) relating to code issues

•Works and consults with trade and fire field inspectors regarding construction issues/problems

•Follows through on questions, assignments, and other associated plan review issues in a timely, courteous and professional manner
•Assist co-workers as needed

•Review technical drawings and plans for conformity with Adopted fire codes, Life Safety Codes, city ordinances and fire protection standards

•Enforce fire prevention codes and standards

Minimum qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent, related degree in architecture, engineering, construction science or closely related field preferred, experience as a Fire Inspector preferred. Must have the ability to read and interpret Fire and Life Safety codes and other locally adopted City ordinances. Must possess and maintain a valid KS driver’s license and city insurable driving record.

$23.67 – $26.56 per hour, DOQ.

Employment application and position description available at https://www.topeka.org/hr/current-openings/

The City of Topeka is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

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Leland W. Reedy

Leland W. Reedy, 90, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, at his home in Neodesha surrounded by his loving family.

Leland was born Oct. 16, 1928, to Wayne and Iva (Bickham) Reedy.

He graduated from Neodesha High School in 1947.

He served in the Army as a sergeant from November 1950 to December 1956. While serving he was a cartographer in the Korean War.

Leland married the love of his life, Ladonna Lee Burlingame, on May 26, 1954, at the First Assembly of God Church in Parsons. They made their home in Neodesha. In 1959 they welcomed their daughter, Kimberly. He worked as a body and fender restorer for Otis Smith Auto Body.

Leland served for a short time as a police officer in 1954 and also a volunteer firefighter. He became a full-time firefighter in October 1954, then in May 1966 he became the assistant fire chief. On Sept. 1, 1969, he was promoted to fire chief. While fire chief he helped promote the 911 system, which was first used on Feb. 1, 1972, on the aerosol explosion. He became an EMT and ambulance director in 1980, serving until his retirement on April 14, 1989. He was also an original member of the Southeast Kansas Fire Chiefs Association.

Leland became a member of the Presbyterian Church in 1962.

He was a member of Harmony Lodge No. 94, A.F.&A.M., in Neodesha in 1961. Leland was initiated and passed in December 1961, raised in 1962, was named worshipful master in 1972, district deputy in 1978 and past master in 1981. He coached numerous members of the lodge.

His passions was target shooting, gun collecting, ammo reloading and being a member of the NRA. He received his concealed carry permit in 2008. His other hobbies were woodworking, drawing, word searches, gardening, yard work, fishing, hunting and camping.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Ladonna, of the home; his daughter, Kimberly Stone of Neodesha; two grandchildren, Wendy Stone and Dustin Stone, both of Neodesha; and two great-grandchildren, Brittanie Stone of Chanute and Donald Rhodes II of Erie.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings; and a great-great-grandson, Branden Lee Rhodes.

A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Neodesha Fire Department. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time at the fire department.

 

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Kansas Fire News – December 5, 2018

http://themercury.com/news/local/pott-county-to-buy-m-in-fire-fighting-equipment/article_15f17ec7-5d22-55cf-9019-2d9ae0b161db.html

https://www.leavenworthtimes.com/news/20181204/man-found-dead-at-fire-scene

https://www.ksn.com/news/local/fire-causes-damage-to-downtown-wichita-apartment/1638838059

http://www.kake.com/story/39585275/hoarding-roof-collapse-hinder-crews-fighting-house-fire-in-hutchinson

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Kansas Fire News – December 4, 2018

http://www.fox14tv.com/story/39581959/new-radios-for-parsons-police-and-fire

http://www.ctnewsonline.com/news/article_b689e920-f526-11e8-98f2-f3ebe23244b6.html

https://www.wibw.com/content/news/1-hurt-in-central-Topeka-fire-501825242.html

http://www.hiawathaworldonline.com/hiawatha_world/state-fire-marshal-investigating-sunday-night-blaze/article_2590661f-a940-5013-a8cc-941533db9638.html

https://www.ksn.com/top-stories/breaking-1-person-killed-in-crash-west-of-wichita/1637585125

 

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Donald “Don” Emery William

Donald Emery William passed peacefully at the Sheridan County Health Complex on Friday, November 30, 2018 at the age of 90. Born on October 9, 1928 in rural Sheridan County as the fourth of five children to Lorenzo Lewis and Ada Rena (Selbe) William, he lived nearly his entire life in the community of Hoxie.

Before graduating high school Don worked numerous jobs, including Vic’s Grocery Store, where he learned the value of hard work and the importance of customer service.

Don married Helen Eileen Mowry on December 6, 1948, and they were blessed with four children.

An entrepreneur at heart and gifted with a personality that prevented him from ever meeting a stranger, Don joined his father as co-owner of William Tire Shop in 1948. In 1964, he purchased the remainder of the company and operated the business from the building he constructed at the SE corner of Royal and Main Streets until selling the business in 1982.

Along the way, Don owned and invested in numerous other small businesses including the bowling alley and Don’s Auto Sales. He also invested in feeding cattle for several years. While he was driven to provide a viable financial future for his family, a love of his community and desire to see Hoxie prosper also drove many of his investment decisions.

He was active on the city commission, with the Chamber of Commerce, the volunteer fire department and in the community’s economic development efforts. Perhaps a few of his most notable activities included being an original investor in the Hoxie Feeders, co-founder of the real estate company that developed the Wheatridge subdivision and being a founding principal of the Door Factory. Don served on the Board of Directors for First National Bank of Hoxie for approximately twenty years. He recognized the importance of a vibrant business environment and impact it had on the entire community’s small business owners. While not all of these activities produced favorable results, it certainly demonstrated the love he possessed for his community and garnered the respect of his peers.

Don made a point to know everyone on a first name basis and was frequently relied upon when a community historian was needed. Don’s grandchildren held a special place in his heart and afforded his smiles on a daily basis.

Don is survived by his wife, Helen of the home; a sister, Myrtle Prussner of Clifton, Illinois; children, Janice Brown (Dale) of Hoxie, Kansas, Jerry William (Lisa) of Cleveland, Ohio, Dan William (Mary) of Hoxie, Kansas, and Marisa Fleenor (Rick) of Mission Hills, Kansas; ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ranz and Ada William; sisters, Ina Taylor and Norma Ackerman; a brother, Ronald William; and a grandson, Timothy Brown.

The funeral service will be held at the Hoxie United Methodist Church, Hoxie, Kansas on Tuesday , December 4 ,2018 at 10:30 A.M. Don will be laid to rest at the Hoxie City Cemetery following the service. Memorials are suggested to the Sheridan County Amusement Company or Mickey Museum and may be sent in care of Mickey-Leopold Funeral Home, PO Box 987, Hoxie, Kansas 67740. Online condolences may be left at mickeyleopoldfuneral.com

 

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Kansas Fire News – December 3, 2018

https://www.ksn.com/news/kansas/large-fire-breaks-out-at-formation-plastics-in-quinter-several-agencies-assisting/1635020211

http://www.kake.com/story/39575018/fire-damages-home-in-park-city

https://www.cjonline.com/news/20181201/resident-escapes-safely-from-house-fire-in-north-topeka

https://1350kman.com/no-injuries-after-laundry-room-fire-at-manhattan-hotel/

https://www.hayspost.com/2018/12/01/driver-dies-after-semi-rolls-in-sw-kansas/

https://www.wibw.com/content/news/V-501682591.html

http://www.hutchpost.com/cooking-causes-thursday-evening-house-fire/

https://www.pratttribune.com/news/20181130/pratt-city-employees-honored-with-service-awards

 

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Kansas Fire News – November 30, 2018

https://www.wibw.com/content/news/JCFD-recieves-grant-to-help-with-safety-equipment–501597171.html

http://www.newscow.net/2018/11/30/winfield-woman-killed-in-collision-with-tractor-on-old-highway-77/

http://www.hutchnews.com/news/20181129/hfd-responds-to-commercial-building-fire-in-hutchinson

http://www.tonganoxiemirror.com/news/2018/nov/28/leighty-grant-distributes-75000-local-groups/

 

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1997 Freightliner engine for sale

1997 Freightliner engine for sale, for more info call Fire Chief Jack Rhembrandt Chadron Neb. Fire Dept at 308-430-3802

 

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Earl Dean “Bud” Rogers

Earl Dean “Bud” Rogers, age 86, of Warsaw, Missouri, passed away, Monday, November 26, 2018, at the Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in Clinton, Missouri. He was born on June 22, 1932, on Bessy Farm in Osage County, Kansas, to Gilbert and Pearl Rogers.

He attended Bessy one-room school and Osage City East Topeka Jr. High School. He was a graduate of the Kansas Highway Patrol Academy. He enlisted early in the United States Army and received an honorable discharge at the age of 19.

Throughout his life, Bud was employed as a Union heavy-equipment operator, an undersheriff for the Osage County Kansas Sheriff’s Department, a deputy for the Jefferson and Douglas County Kansas Sheriffs’ Departments, the owner/operator for long-haul trucking, a small business owner and farmer in Overbrook, Kansas, and retired from the Kansas State Highway Patrol.

He was united in marriage to Leta Griffin in 1980 in Overbrook, Kansas.

He was a member of the Ridgway Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. #62 of Overbrook, Kansas, receiving his 50 year pin on April 14, 2014. He was also a 32nd degree Mason under the Topeka Valley of the Scottish Rite and a member of the ARAB Shrine in Topeka, Kansas. He also was a member of the Anderson Rebel American Legion Post in Overbrook, Kansas, as well as serving on the Overbrook Fire Department in the mid-1960’s.

He is survived by his wife, Leta Rogers, of the home, 4 children; Earl Gene Rogers, Danny Ray Rogers, Darrell Lee Rogers and Gilbert Oren Rogers (Little Buddy), 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, 5 step-children, Robin, Ronnie, Ricky, Randy and Robert, other relatives and friends.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at 2:00 P.M., at the Reser Funeral Home in Warsaw, Missouri, with military honors to follow. Burial will be in the Gardner Cemetery in Gardner, Kansas, at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, December 8, 2018. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, or the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, c/o Reser Funeral Home, P.O. Box 910, Warsaw, Missouri 65355.

 

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Kansas Fire News – November 29, 2018

http://www.newspressnow.com/news/local_news/volunteer-steps-away-from-firefighting-brothers/article_a171853c-76ee-5ef6-8cd6-a82c015c808e.html

https://www.fourstateshomepage.com/news/second-person-dead-in-coffeyville-fire/1625370332

https://www.wibw.com/content/news/TFD-calls-East-Topeka-house-fire-suspicious-501496932.html

https://www.hayspost.com/2018/11/28/2-hospitalized-after-i-70-van-crash-into-ambulance/

https://www.kctv5.com/news/fire-in-overland-park-displaces-family/article_d686b460-f2a1-11e8-bc3c-8f940c480d06.html

https://www.cjonline.com/news/20181128/williams-magnet-school-evacuated-after-burning-smell

https://www.ksn.com/news/local/ambulance-driver-and-plow-truck-team-up-to-save-woman-s-life/1626118794

 

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Kansas Fire News – November 28, 2018

http://www.parsonssun.com/news/article_c6ff86ec-f20c-11e8-854d-57dade63532f.html

https://www.kmbc.com/article/car-on-truck-hauler-catches-fire-tuesday-on-nb-i-35-near-i-635/25322596

http://wyandottedaily.com/kck-plans-to-donate-used-fire-department-lockers/

https://www.cjonline.com/news/20181127/kansas-woman-who-went-missing-in-sundays-blizzard-found-dead

https://www.kctv5.com/news/kck-firefighters-working-in-the-cold/article_59c73bb0-f1da-11e8-8ce7-ef6a3cdafadf.html

https://www.dodgeglobe.com/news/20181127/dodge-city-woman-dies-in-scott-county-crash

 

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Job Opening – Paramedic/Firefighter – Salina Fire Department

The Salina Fire Department is a Premier Fire Department in the State of Kansas with a fire based EMS system. We serve Salina, Saline County, and the North Central Region of Kansas from four stations with 90+ personnel. We average 9000+ alarms for service annually, including city fire suppression, city / county / regional emergency medical services, regional technical rescue, and regional hazmat response. The city offers a generous benefit package and competitive wages.

Duties: Provides advanced life support services and renders medical treatment in emergency situations; engages in fire suppression and fire prevention activities to protect and safeguard lives and property.

Education: High school diploma or G.E.D.

Certification Requirements: National Registry or Kansas Paramedic certification and maintain certification including current Advanced Pediatric Life Support Certification and ACLS; Current Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) within the prior year; Current written Fire Service Exam with a score of 70% or better within the prior two years; Firefighter 1 & 2 with Hazmat Operations certifications in the State of Kansas or equivalent International Fire Service Training Association with International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) or Pro Board Certification; NIMS 100, 200, 700, 800.

Requirements: Must be eighteen (18) years of age at time of appointment; must live within 40-minutes response time; must possess a valid Kansas Class B driver’s license or obtain within one year of appointment; must pass the City of Salina’s pre-employment physical and drug screening prior to final offer. Successful candidates are prohibited from smoking or using tobacco products at any time, on or off the job.

Pay: $44,583 – 71,198 / yr.

Apply at: https://jobs.salina-ks.gov

 

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Job Opening – Firefighter/EMT – Salina Fire Department

The Salina Fire Department is a Premier Fire Department in the State of Kansas with a fire based EMS system. We serve Salina, Saline County, and the North Central Region of Kansas from four stations with 90+ personnel. We average 9000+ alarms for service annually, including city fire suppression, city / county / regional emergency medical services, regional technical rescue, and regional hazmat response. The city offers a generous benefit package and competitive wages.

Duties: Responds to fire alarms and other emergency calls to protect life and property by combatting, extinguishing and preventing fires; gives basic life support care to sick or injured persons; participates in fire prevention programs, inspections, training activities, maintenance of fire and EMS equipment and stations.

Education: High school diploma or G.E.D.

Certification Requirements: National Registry or Kansas EMT certification and maintain certification; Current Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) within the prior year; Current written Fire Service Exam with a score of 70% or better within the prior two years; Firefighter 1 & 2 with Hazmat Operations certifications in the State of Kansas or equivalent International Fire Service Training Association with International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) or Pro Board Certification; NIMS 100, 200, 700, 800.

Requirements: Must be eighteen (18) years of age at time of appointment; must live within 40-minutes response time; must possess a valid Kansas Class B driver’s license or obtain within one year of appointment; must pass the City of Salina’s pre-employment physical and drug screening prior to final offer. Successful candidates are prohibited from smoking or using tobacco products at any time, on or off the job.

Apply at: https://jobs.salina-ks.gov

Pay: $39,333 – 62,812 / yr.

 

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Kenneth “Kenny” Wetzel

Kenneth R ‘Kenny’ Wetzel, 81 of Abilene passed away on November 26, 2018. He was born on January 26, 1937 in Abilene, Kansas, the son of Raymond and Vivian (Thomas) Wetzel. He graduated from Dickinson County High School in 1955.

Out of high school, Kenny worked at Viola’s Grocery Store in Abilene where he met Orrene Condit and the two were united in marriage on July 12, 1959. Kenny served in the Army National Guard for 6 years. He worked for Martin Funeral Home for 6 years and then spent the next 25 years working at Smith Heating & Plumbing, where he eventually became part owner. After selling the business, Kenny spent the final 16 years working for USD 435 as the Building and Grounds Supervisor. He retired in 2005 and then immediately went to work for Russell Stover Candies, where he spent the next 12 years in Grounds Maintenance.

Kenny’s life will be carried on through his wife of 59 years, Orrene; sons Kurt Wetzel (Sandy) of Shawnee and Keith Wetzel (Angie) of Topeka; five grandchildren; Sarah, Emma, Zach, Bethany, and Allison; sisters Karen Timm (Ron) and Shirley Anguiano (Steve) of Abilene; in addition to several nieces and nephews.

Kenny was involved in several civic organizations over the years serving as a member of the Lions Club since 1982, Trustee of the Brown Memorial Foundation, a member of the Abilene Cemetery Board for 30 years, with the last 10 years as President. He was also a member of the Gideons International and served for 25 years as Chief of the Grant Township Fire Department.
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Kenny chose to give his life to Christ in 1970 and was a member of Emmanuel Church where he faithfully served the Lord and others on numerous committees for over 50 years. After committing his life to Christ, Kenny desired to serve others with his time and talents and to be a wonderful husband and father. He will be remembered for his ever present smile, his quick wit, and his ability to always make people feel at ease.

Funeral services for Kenny will be at 10:30 am, on Friday, November 30 at Emmanuel Church in Abilene with Pastor Gordon McClure officiating. Burial will follow at the Abilene City Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday, November 29, from 6:00-9:00 pm at Emmanuel Church. The family suggests memorials be given to the Emmanuel Church Building Fund or to the Home Health and Hospice of Dickinson County. Memorials may be dropped off or mailed to Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home, 414 NW 3rd Street, Abilene, Kansas 67410.

 

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Kansas Fire News – November 27, 2018

https://gardnernews.com/toy-food-drive-has-another-successful-year/

https://www.kscbnews.net/liberal-firefighters-battle-structure-fire-sunday-morning/

https://www.ksn.com/news/kansas/colorado-teen-killed-in-scott-county-crash/1619382981

http://www.kake.com/story/39538527/man-hit-killed-by-vehicle-on-kansas-highway

https://www.ksn.com/news/local/fire-crews-respond-to-report-of-smoke-at-andover-nursing-home/1619141758

 

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Kansas Fire News – November 26, 2018

https://www.ksn.com/news/local/-a-blessing-that-people-would-do-that-for-us-area-firefighters-receive-thanksgiving-meal/1613387704

http://www.kake.com/story/39526516/grass-fire-dangers-rising

https://www.morningsun.net/news/20181121/pittsburg-fire-department-donates-thanksgiving-dinner-to-safehouse

https://www.ksnt.com/news/local-news/woman-killed-in-thanksgiving-crash-near-manhattan/1613185278

http://www.kake.com/story/39523085/remembering-firefighters-lost-in-yingling-fire-50-years-ago

http://www.parsonssun.com/news/article_4a0225d4-edeb-11e8-951b-77b30c6c5246.html

https://www.ksn.com/news/local/woman-pulled-from-arkansas-river-west-of-downtown/1611733657

http://www.hutchnews.com/news/20181123/south-hutchinson-names-new-fire-chief

https://www.ksn.com/news/kansas/1-dead-after-early-morning-house-fire-in-coffeyville/1615990297

http://www.parsonssun.com/gallery/image_12123ee6-f00e-11e8-9d2c-3fa373b00e22.html

https://www.wibw.com/content/news/501179361.html

https://www.leavenworthtimes.com/news/20181124/cause-of-fire-undetermined

https://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/news/20181123/butler-gives-back-on-thanksgiving

https://www.ksn.com/news/local/fire-crews-responding-to-house-fire-in-northeast-wichita/1617608357

https://www.kctv5.com/news/fire-has-been-reported-at-the-home-depot-in-olathe/article_6508e08e-f12e-11e8-a071-73cf24d1244b.html

https://www.wibw.com/content/news/Crews-extinguish-house-fire-caused-by-cooking-501217641.html

http://www.shawneedispatch.com/news/2018/nov/26/shawnee-fire-department-debuts-new-custom-fire-tru/

 

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Tanker for Sale

2003 Freightliner M2 Business Class chassis, Cat C7 (210 HP), 5 speed automatic transmission. Riding on 11R22.5 Goodyear tires (good tread remaining).

This truck has been in service with the Kensington Fire Department for 8 years. It is equipped with the following items;

1800 gallon fiberglass tank w/ baffles and 6″ rear dump valve

Berkley pump driven by Honda GX 660 (21.5 HP) engine (electric start)

3″ discharge outlet on both sides of truck

3″ suction connection on drivers side

Hose reel on right side equipped with 1″ x 100′ rubber hose

Pass through walkway behind cab equipped with two 1″ Forestry hose whiplines

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Bruce Hardacre 785-476-7582 or Jeff Levin 785-476-6050

 

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Edgar Eugene “Sonny” Coots

Lifelong Caney resident, Edgar “Sonny” Eugene Coots, 79, went to be with his Lord and Savior on October 12, 2018. Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 25, 2018 at Potts Chapel in Independence, Kansas from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Funeral services will be held at Tyro Christian Church on Monday, November 26th at 2:00pm with burial following immediately after at Sunnyside Cemetery in Caney, Kansas.

Edgar “Sonny” Eugene Coots was born in Fredonia, Kansas on November 27, 1938 to Ralph and Opal (Smith) Coots. Sonny, as he was known to many, grew up and attended the Caney school system. Sonny married Linda Allison on June 1, 1961 in Caney, Kansas. Through the years, Sonny and Linda welcomed 4 children. Sonny developed a strong work ethic as a young man that carried over into his adult life. He was known to work 2 jobs and work 7 days a week. Sonny worked at Bob Montgomery’s, Hoke’s Filling Station, City of Caney, and 30 years before retiring at TRW. In addition to working multiple jobs, Sonny was a 25-year member of the Caney Volunteer Fire Department. Even with his busy work schedule, Sonny always made time for his family and church. He loved spending his time hunting, visiting his son’s cabin, attending Tyro Christian Church, and attending JOY Group. Most of all he loved and cherish the time he spent with his family and boys. Sonny will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.

He is preceded in death by his daughter, Laricia Marie Coots, parents, Ralph Coots and Opal Roberds, and brothers, Gary Coots, and James Roberds.

Those left to cherish Sonny’s memory, wife, Linda Coots of Caney, KS, sons, Edgar and wife Judy of Copan, OK, Mark and wife Jan of Independence, KS, Alan and wife April Coots of Caney, KS, sisters, Carolyn Hawthorne of Caney, KS, Stella Rosewicz of Caney, KS, 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that a memorial contribution be made in Sonny’s name to the JOY Group at Tyro Christian Church. Online condolences may be left to the family at www.pottsfuneralhome.com.

 

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Russell City Fire Department Receives Grants, Replaces Equipment

By David Elliott
KRSL – November 21, 2018

The Russell City Fire Department applied for grants from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation and the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to help with funding self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) cylinder replacement.

The department was awarded $53,290 from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation on June 25, which was used to purchase seven SCBA cylinders. The grant was used in conjunction with the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation grant the department received on April 3 in the amount of $27,056 to purchase four SCBA air packs and cylinders for the firefighters.

This fire safety equipment protects the firefighters from breathing in harmful toxins that are found on fire and hazardous materials scenes.

The Russell City Fire Department thanks the Dane G. Hansen Foundation and the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for making this possible and helping to keep firefighters safe on every call.

The Dane G. Hansen Foundation of Logan was established in 1965 with a generous estate gift from Dane G. Hansen. Reflecting Hansen’s lifelong love of Northwest Kansas, the charitable foundation that bears his name has a mission to improve the quality of life for the residents and the communities in the 26 counties that make up the northwest quarter of Kansas.

In 2005, the Firehouse Subs founders established the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations. Through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has granted more than $35 million to hometown heroes in 47 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, including more than $491,000 in Kansas.

(Information courtesy Russell City Fire Department.)

 

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Moran takes SEK conservation tour

By Ray Nolting
Parsons Sun – November 21, 2018

State and private conservation officials visited the Parsons Arboretum Tuesday morning as part of U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran’s five-stop conservation tour in Southeast Kansas.

Moran’s tour first stopped at Li’l Toledo Lodge in rural Chanute, then the arboretum before moving on to rural Chetopa, McCune and Mulberry. Moran takes these tours regularly and this was his 13th tour since being elected to the U.S. Senate.

Moran introduced state forester Larry Biles, who spoke about the Kansas Forest Service and its programs that benefit communities. Also speaking were Tim McDonnell, community forestry coordinator for the KFS; Mark Neely, KFS fire management officer; and others. Besides the forest service, other agencies or organizations attending the event included the Farm Service Agency, the Nature Conservancy, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Ducks Unlimited.

Biles said the state’s community forestry program started in 1972 in response to Dutch elm disease. Communities took responsibility for tree health in public spaces and the KFS wrote management plans that looked at removing trees and planting trees in safe locations (away from power lines and underground utilities). The plans introduced variety to tree species in communities, he said.

In western Kansas, 87 percent of the trees growing in public areas were of one species.

“Not real good,” Biles said.

“In our view the public trees are really an impetus for community development,” Biles said.

The KFS also works with fire departments in the state by directing military surplus vehicles to departments for fire suppression and arranging training for fire departments.

The agency operated the military surplus program from 1963 to 2014, when KFS was told it would no longer qualify to receive surplus vehicles. Moran arranged a Senate hearing on the issue and the program was restored. In all, the KFS provided 600 pieces of motorized equipment across the state from the program, most to volunteer departments.

Biles said these volunteers are the first responders “and many times they are the only responders. In my view that’s a classic example of community spirit,” he said.

McDonnell touched on KFS’ efforts in communities, including Parsons. The forest service recently increased species diversity at the arboretum, which now has more than 300 tree species, and he evaluated trees in Forest Park, and in other public parks, some time ago. The evaluation caused a little stir in the community when he recommended taking out 30 trees in Forest Park that posed or could pose a danger to the public.

Neely spoke more about the fire equipment and training provided by the agency. Three counties brought trucks received from the KFS to the arboretum: Liberty Township in Montgomery County, Hackberry Township in Labette and Lola Township in Cherokee County. Fire equipment grants generally go to fire departments operating in places with populations of less than 10,000 citizens. In 2018, the KFS gave $400,000 to 121 departments for equipment purchases, he said. The agency also had 51 training sessions for 700 firefighters.

He said fire departments in Kansas have 575 KFS trucks in operation to date and those trucks were valued at $400 million.

Leighton Davis, assistant chief of the Hackberry Township Fire Department at Bartlett, spoke about the brush tinder truck his department received from the KFS. The vehicle holds 1,500 gallons of water and can be operated by one person, a necessity because the number of volunteers at fire departments is dwindling.

“I do not know of a single fire department that is not short personnel,” Davis said. “It’s getting really bad.”

Hackberry also has a prescribed burn trailer that can be loaned to farmers or ranchers. These burns are conducted to reduce fuel for grass fires.

Jay Justice, deputy chief of the Lola Township Fire Department at Hallowell, said he started the fire department in 2013 and scrapped for equipment until he learned about the Kansas Forest Service’s program. Without the KFS program, his department would have shelled out $40,000 to get a brush truck instead of the $8,000 spent on the one from KFS.

“The programs are an absolute necessity for the survival of the Kansas fire service. I mean there is nothing that takes their place,” Davis said.

Neely said the state saw 7,400 fires last year and those numbers have increased each of the last two years. Biles said the No. 1 ignition source is from people burning debris. The second biggest cause is prescribed fires getting out of control and then fires that cross the Kansas border from neighboring states.

 

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Large fire erupts at Rose Hill industrial building

KWCH – November 21, 2018

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A large fire engulfed an industrial building in Rose Hill overnight.

Firefighters say the fire broke out around midnight at Viking Corporation.

The fire was so big, several units from different agencies came in to assist.

“We have units from Rose Hill, Andover, Augusta, Sedgwick county, Mulvane, Derby, McConnell Air Force Base, Douglass, Benton, and the emergency medical service that of course all have units here. It’s a very labor intensive fire. We had to go inside to try and fight it,” Rose Hill PIO Jim Schmidt said.

Crews say they were able to contain the fire and minimize the damage to a degree.

No one was hurt but officials say they had to be careful because there was a lot of toxic paint in the building that was on fire.

Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.

 

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Driver dead after crash into building

By Jade DeGood
KSHB – November 20, 2018

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One man died after crashing a car into a building in Kansas City, Kansas, on Tuesday morning.

The vehicle drove into a Save-A-Lot store at 21st Street and Metropolitan Avenue around 8:45 a.m. Police are investigating whether the driver suffered a medical emergency before the crash.

“We talked to some witnesses who said the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed north on 21st Street,” KCK police spokesman Zac Blair said. “Witnesses said it appeared the driver of the vehicle was slumped over at the time before it struck the side of the building.”

The man was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“There were people inside the store, but no one else was injured,” Blair said.

The store remains closed until further notice.

 

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Extensive damage after kitchen fire in rural Ellis County

Hays Post – November 20, 2018

At 6:57 p.m. Monday, the Ellis County Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 1577 Yocemento Avenue.

Upon arrival, command was established, and a fire was found in the kitchen of the residence.

Fire crews used two fire attack lines to extinguish the fire. The home suffered extensive fire and smoke damage. The occupant was treated and transported to Hays Medical Center by Ellis County EMS.

The fire was reported to be under control at 7:40 p.m. However, fire crews remained on scene until 9:05 p.m. to ensure the fire was out, turn off the remaining utilities to the structure, and pick up equipment.

Thirty-three firefighters from the Ellis County Fire Department responded to the scene. Fire crews responded from Hays, Ellis, Victoria and Munjor. The Hays Fire Department responded with one firefighter and their air supply unit. The ECFD was also assisted by the Ellis County EMS, Sheriff’s deputies, and Kansas Highway Patrol.

— Ellis County Fire & Emergency Management

 

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MFA Oil Foundation Awards Grant to Lyon Co. Fire District No. 3

Emporia Gazette – November 20, 2018

The MFA Oil Foundation has awarded a grant to Lyon Co. Fire District #3 to assist with purchasing a new LED landing zone kit. The MFA Oil Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations that are working to improve communities where MFA Oil has a significant concentration of members and employees. Since it was established in 1998, the MFA Oil Foundation has awarded more than one million dollars in grants.

MFA Oil President and CEO Mark Fenner described the MFA Oil Foundation as “a program that allows our company to give support back to the rural communities that are the foundation of our business. The grants the Foundation awards help support many youth programs and organizations active in addressing and solving community problems and improving the quality of life.”

About MFA Oil Company:

MFA Oil Company is a farmer-owned energy supply cooperative with more than 40,000 members. MFA Oil is the eighth largest propane retailer in the United States. The company supplies fuels, lubricants and propane to customers in Missouri, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah and Wyoming. Through a subsidiary, MFA Oil operates Break Time convenience stores in Missouri and Arkansas, Jiffy Lube franchises in central Missouri and Big O Tires franchises in Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

 

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Candle wax blamed for fire

Leavenworth Times – November 20, 2018

No injuries were reported after a fire early Monday morning at a Leavenworth residence, a Fire Department spokesman said.

The fire was reported at 4:48 a.m. Monday at 2207 S. First St. The fire already had been extinguished when it was reported to the Leavenworth Fire Department.

Mark DeMaranville, division chief of prevention for the Leavenworth Fire Department, said there had been an earlier power outage in the area, and residents of the home lit candles.

Candle wax from a lit candle in a wall mounted candleholder apparently dripped to a carpet, causing the carpet to catch on fire. Occupants of the home poured water on the fire, extinguishing it.

DeMaranville said there was smoke damage throughout the residence.

The American Red Cross was contacted to provide assistance to the residents.

 

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Fire reported at residence

Leavenworth Times – November 20, 2018

Careless smoking is being blamed for a fire over the weekend at a Leavenworth residence, a Fire Department spokesman said.

The fire was reported at 10:48 p.m. Sunday at 1100 Wildwood St. No injuries were reported.

Mark DeMaranville, division chief of prevention for the Leavenworth Fire Department, said the fire started on a bed but spread to other areas of the residence.

Smoke detectors alerted people who were inside of the home.

Members of the Fort Leavenworth Fire Department were called to the scene to assist Leavenworth firefighters.

According to a preliminary estimate, the fire caused about $50,000 worth of damage to the structure as well as an additional $50,000 in damage to the home’s contents.

 

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Fire in train car at BNSF shops extinguished early Tuesday

By Phil Anderson
Topeka Capital Journal – November 20, 2018

Topeka Fire Department crews extinguished a blaze early Tuesday at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway shops in East Topeka.

Crews were sent to a report of a train car on fire around 6 a.m. inside a building at the shops, near S.E. 1st and Jefferson Trafficway.

Initial reports from the scene indicated a fire in the middle part of a railroad car inside one of the buildings inside the shops.

The fire was reported out as of 6:30 a.m., though crews remained at the scene as of 7 a.m.

No injuries were reported, and additional details weren’t immediately available.

 

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Donald J. Handke

Donald J. Handke, 93, Huron, Kansas, died Friday, November 16, 2018, at Atchison Senior Village.

Mass of Christian burial will be Friday, November 23, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Louis Church at Good Intent with Fr. Dan Gardner as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Louis Church Cemetery. A parish rosary will be recited on Friday, November 23rd at 10:45 A. M. at St. Louis Church. Visitation with the family Friday, November 23rd from 9:30 until 10:45 A. M. at the Church.

Donald was born April 11, 1925, at his parents’ home in rural Atchison County, the son of Julius and Helena “Nellie” (Watowa) Handke. He attended the Irish Point School in the Good Intent Community.

He and Marjorie Falk were united in marriage on January 11, 1949 at St. Ann’s Church in Effingham, Kansas, by Fr. Matthew Hall, OSB. In 1949 Don and Marjorie settled on a farm near Huron where they spent their entire married life. Mrs. Handke preceded him in death on January 19, 2018.

Donald was a member of St. Louis Church in the Good Intent Community. A member of the N.F.O., a director of the Atchison Grain Company. He was a trustee of Lancaster Township for twelve years. Donald joined the District #5 Volunteer Fire Department as a founding member, organized in September of 1959 and retired from fire service after serving as department Chief for eighteen years. He was also well known as a musician in the community, he and his younger brother Eugene played for dances for many years with the Prohaska band as a fiddler and a banjo picker.

Donald is survived by one daughter, Eileen (Don) Losito, Charlotte, NC; three sons, Jim (Diane) Handke, Lancaster, KS; Dennis (Marlene) Handke, Topeka, KS; and Tom Handke, Effingham, KS. He is also survived by three granddaughters, two grandsons, and two great grandchildren, two sisters, Ruthanna Keimig, Atchison, KS, and Leona Busenbarrick, Atchison, KS.

He was preceded in death by his wife Marjorie, and two brothers, Leo Handke and Eugene Handke.

 

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Fire Training

By Kassie LaForte
Parsons Sun – November 30, 2018

Firefighters with the Altamont-Mount Pleasant Fire Department practice a training exercise in an unoccupied home at Fourth and Illinois in Altamont Saturday afternoon. They used a controlled fire at the residence, owned by Ben and Audra Cochran, to help personnel gain rescue and safety experience.

 

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Fire guts Maize home, killing pets

KWCH – November 20, 2018

Sedgwick County firefighters battled a house fire in Maize overnight.

That fire broke out near Park Avenue and Mikado.

When crews arrived, they found flames shooting from the front of the home.

Firefighters believe the fire had been burning for quite some time before they were called.

“We’re in an industrial area and it burned for awhile and the owner actually showed up first and he found the fire,” said Division Chief Eddie Fajardo with the Sedgwick County Fire Department.

No people were home at the time and no one was hurt, though there were four pets inside. Three of them were killed.

No word yet on what caused the fire.

 

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Space heater cause of house fire

KAKE – November 19, 2018

Wichita Firefighters are reporting that a space heater was responsible for a fire at a home in south Wichita Saturday.

Crews responded to a home in the 2400 block of S. Washington near Pawnee just before 11 a.m.

Fire investigators say a person in the home left a towel on a propane space heater. The fire caused about $30,000 worth of damage to the home.

A person did suffer smoke inhalation but refused medical treatment.

 

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Firefighters say electrical malfunction caused fire at apartment complex

By Lily Wu
KAKE – November 19, 2018

The Wichita Fire Department are saying an electrical malfunction is the cause of an apartment fire Saturday in Southeast Wichita.

Firefighters were called out before 11:30 a.m. to the Parke East Townhomes, near Harry and Woodlawn.

Fire investigators believe faulty wiring in the was may have been the cause of the fire.

The estimated cost of damage is almost $300,000. The fire is still under investigation.

No one was injured but the American Red Cross was at the scene to help those affected by the fire.

 

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Driver dies after ejected in I-70 rollover accident

Hays Post – November 19, 2018

One person died in an accident just after 10p.m. Saturday in Thomas County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2005 GMC K-1500 Crew Cab Pickup driven by Courtney S. Romej, 29, Elgin, NE., was westbound on Interstate 70 just west of U.S. 83.

The pickup exited the roadway, entered the median and rolled an unknown amount of times, landing on the passenger side in the east bound passing lane. The driver was ejected from the vehicle.

Romej was pronounced dead at the scene and transported to Baalmann Mortuary in Colby. She was not wearing a seat belt, according to the KHP.

 

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Kansas man dies after jeep hits a tree

Hays Post – November 19, 2018

One person died in an accident just after noon Saturday in Kingman County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2016 Jeep Patriot driven by Reginald F H Smith, 34, Wichita, was westbound on Kansas 42 nine miles west of Norwich.

The Jeep traveled left of center, left the roadway entered the south ditch and struck a tree.

Smith was pronounced dead at the scene and transported to the Sedgwick County Forensic Center. He was properly restrained at the time of the accident, according to the KHP.

 

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Kansas man dies in 3-vehicle motorcycle crash

Hays Post – November 19, 2018

One person died in an accident just after 3p.m. Friday in Montgomery County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2007 Harley Davidson Motorcycle driven by Nathan L. Lock, 32, Macksville, was southbound on Kansas 99 five miles south of Frankfort.

The motorcycle traveled left of center and side-swiped a 2014 Ford Fusion driven by Katheryn L. Gregerson, 21, Herman, NE., causing Lock to be ejected from the motorcycle.

A northbound 2013 Ford Fusion driven by Laura C. Edelman, 20, Sabetha also struck the motorcycle.

Lock was pronounced dead at the scene and transported to Kinsley Funeral Home. Gregerson and Edelman were not injured.

 

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John Everett Briggs

John Everett Briggs, of Mankato, Kansas, was born to Floyd and Anna (Heater) Neeper Briggs on April 8, 1943, at Mankato, Kansas. He died November 13, 2018 at the Jewell County Hospital, Mankato, Kansas, at the age of 75 years, 7 months, and 5 days.

John was educated at the Mankato Public Schools and he enlisted in the United States Army. He served at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in the 4th United States Army and was honorable discharged.

John has lived in Clay Center, Nebraska and Harvard, Nebraska. He met Phyllis Gnewuch and they were united in marriage on October 29, 1966 at Harvard, Nebraska. To this union two children were born – John Merle and Susan Marie.

John operated Auto and Wrecker Service in Harvard and was active in the Harvard Fire and Rescue Department. John and Phyllis moved to Mankato and John open Briggs Auto Repair Shop in Mankato. John was active in the Mankato Fire and Rescue Department, and 9 a.m. coffee group in Mankato.

John was preceded in death by his parents – Floyd and Anna; three brothers – John Briggs, Marvin Briggs, and Robert Neeper; and six sisters – Juanita Wince, Ivalee Bush, and Mary Ellen Sykes, Shirley Williamson, Wanda Jean Mauk, and Donna Meier.

He leaves to mourn his death, his wife – Phyllis of the home; son – John Briggs of Mankato; daughter’s – Susan Roush, and fiancé – Robert Parker of Courtland, Kansas, and Lynne Pavelka of Hebron, Nebraska; Susan’s daughters – Danielle Roush and life partner – Brittany Roush of Beatrice, Nebraska, and Jordan Roush and partner – Alex Brown of Shawnee, Kansas; sister – Lenora Jaske, Ponca City, Oklahoma, and brother – George Briggs, Fremont, California; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Celebration of life service for John Everett Briggs was Monday, November 19, 2018 at 10:30 a.m., at the Mankato Christian Church, Mankato, Kansas, with Pastor Thaddeus Hinkle officiating. Mrs. Pat Grout played the instrumental music, and Pastor Thaddeus Hinkle was the soloist. “Old Rugged Cross” was the solo, and recorded music of “Seven Spanish Angels” by Willie Nelson, and “I’ll Leave This World Loving You” by Ricky Van Shelton. Casket bearers were – Scott Williamson, Charles Williamson, Montie Briggs, Mike Penn, Shannon Meier, Roger Meier, and Robert Parker. Interment was in the Balch Cemetery, Formoso, Kansas, with Military Honors presented by United States Army Honor Guard, Fort Riley, Kansas, and Servicemen and women from Jewell County, Kansas. Escort to the cemetery was provided by Mankato Fire Department Truck No 26 to the cemetery. Memorials may be made to Mankato Fire Department or Jewell County Emergency Medical Services, in care of the funeral Home. Visitation was Sunday, November 18, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Melby Mortuary, Mankato, Kansas. Online condolences can be left at www.melbymortuary.com. Melby Mortuary, Mankato, Kansas, was in charge of arrangements.

 

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Four families displaced after two-alarm apartment fire in Wichita

KSN – November 19, 2018

Firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire at a Wichita apartment complex Saturday morning.

The fire happened at Parke East Townhomes near Woodlawn and Harry around 11:00 a.m.

Authorities said fire crews found heavy smoke when they arrived to the scene. Crews did find flames as they worked through two floors of the apartment complex.

Wichita Fire Captain Neko McBee said four families have been displaced as a result of the fire.

Fire investigators are still working to find out what caused the fire.

 

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Wichita firefighters complete new search and rescue training

By Sara Berlinger
KSN – November 19, 2018

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Firefighters have one of the most dangerous jobs, their training has to be realistic. That’s why the Wichita Fire Department created a new learning experience for all firefighters.

No, there wasn’t a trailer fire in Wichita Friday, but city firefighters got to practice for one, in a staged scenario.

“There is an adult and two children inside, unknown location.,” said one firefighter.

The training is to make sure they’re ready to navigate, during the real deal.

“Once we force that door everything that we hear that we learn, gets challenged,” said Capt. Carlos Rodriguez, Wichita Fire Department.

Firefighters have been practicing search and rescue skills inside this trailer for five weeks. The department uses theater smoke to create a realistic environment, that can test their judgment.

Teams are asked to search for people, as well as a fellow firefighter two emergencies that can happen during a fire.

“When you can’t see it adds a whole other realm of making it more difficult for us to find victims,” said Battalion Chief Kelly Ross, Wichita Fire Department.

They try and do hands-on training several times a year, but with the winter months approaching, they say these exercises are important to do.

“As the cold season approaches, sometimes we do see a spike in fires and we want to make sure that our members are current with their search training,” said Ross.

Members also want to let citizens know, they are ready for the call.

“We want our neighbors to go to bed resting thinking god forbid something bad happens, you have us,” said Rodriguez.

This is the last group to go through the training this time around but they say this prop will definitely be used again in the future.

 

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Lenexa firefighter facing terminal cancer with support of family, faith and fire crews

By Kera Maskek
FOX 4 – November 17, 2018

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Firefighters are used to running to danger. But a 13-year veteran of the Lenexa Fire Department is fighting a whole new kind of battle with Stage 4 cancer.

Mike Wells is just 38 and a married father of three. He’s far too young to face a deadly cancer diagnosis, but with family, faith and the fire service brotherhood behind him, he’s determined to defy the odds.

A fire jacket, hat and boots are tucked away in a locker at the Lenexa Fire Department. It’s gear Mike Wells has proudly worn for over 13 years.

“You know Mike is a highly respected individual in this organization. I don’t know that there`s anybody here who would have anything bad to say about him,” said Travis Vaughn, deputy chief with the Lenexa Fire Department.

For the past few weeks, Wells hasn’t been able to suit up as he faces a whole new fight against cancer that’s invaded his esophagus, liver and lymph nodes.

“We’re devastated, but you know, Michael is so positive. The first thing out of his mouth is, ‘We’re going to beat this,'” said Wells’ wife, Katie Wells.

“I’ve been a fighter my whole life and I’m not going to roll over easy,” Mike Wells said.

His determination is inspiring everyone who knows him to do all they can to help.

“We are all in to let them focus on the fight against this cancer and we’re going to try and eliminate all the distractions we can by being the support,” Vaughn said.

The wealth of support from all walks of their lives and a deep faith has helped them through even the darkest days.

“Faith in God has been what’s able to get us out of bed in the morning and just our support system and just people coming, almost out of the woodwork to want to help us,” Katie Wells said.

“I never thought I’d be on the receiving end of it. You always kind of plan on being on the helping end. It hasn’t been easy, but the amount of support I’ve gotten from those guys has just helped carry me through all that,” Mike Wells said.

Mike’s even picked a unique motto for his fight from a popular movie, “Good Will Hunting,” to “choose the wrench.”

Even with a deck seemingly stacked against them in the fight against cancer, this family knows they have the tools to win an otherwise impossible war.

“To me it just kind of says, I’ll take the worst beating you can give me and I’m going to keep coming back tomorrow and choose the wrench again and again because you’re not going to beat me,” Mike Wells said.

The Lenexa Fire Department is planning a special benefit for the Wells family later this month.

And Dec. 8 from 6-11 p.m., there’s a community fundraiser being held at St. Therese North Good Shepherd Hall. Tickets are $25. The evening will include a fund-a-need program, live and silent auction.

There’s also a bank account where you can help at Community America Credit Union.

 

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House fire still under investigation

Leavenworth Times – November 16, 2018

A fire that resulted in significant structural damage to a Lansing home remains under investigation, a fire department spokesman said.

The fire was reported at 10:38 p.m. Wednesday at 400 Brookwood St. No injuries were reported.

Todd Farley, chief of Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1, said there was heavy fire damage throughout the two-story house when he arrived on the scene.

He said a family of two adults and two children was residing at the residence. The family members safely made it out of the home.

Farley said the family had pets at the home.

“We did not find any pets inside the house,” Farley said.

The chief said he did not know if the pets had been found Thursday.

In addition to members of Fire District No. 1, crews from the Leavenworth Fire Department and Fairmount Township Fire Department responded to the fire.

Farley said firefighters spent about 1.5 hours extinguishing the fire.

He said the fire caused significant structural damage as well as damage to contents of the home.

The American Red Cross was contacted to provide assistance to the family displaced by the fire.

As firefighters were battling the blaze, neighbors opened their doors to the family to provide them with a warm, safe place to go, Farley said.

Farley said the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office was contacted to assist with the investigation into the cause of the fire.

 

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First responders train for hazardous material

By Vincent Marshall
Dodge City Globe – November 16, 2018

Training is a constant when it comes to first responders.

Recently, members from Ford County Fire & EMS, Dodge City Fire Department, Sedgwick County Fire Department and Colby Fire Department, participated in a two-week long Hazardous Material Technician course.

The 15 first responders took classes on gas monitoring, radiation monitoring, personal protective equipment, chemistry, hands on training, interpreting different types of toxins found in rail and truck transport, field sampling of unknown chemicals, stopping leaking of high pressure tanks, and lots of studying.

“Once certified these folks will be assigned to a regional hazardous materials team in one of the regions of the state,” Ford County Fire Chief Robert Boyd said. “We currently have a team at Ford County that is part of the State Fire Marshal and this will just complement our team with additional trained technicians.”

 

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Douglas “Doug” Kent Gwinup

Doug’s life began on November 14, 1948 in Wichita. He is the son of Billy Lee and Kathryn G. (Hale) Gwinup. He is a 1967 graduate of Sedgwick High School and attended trade school for heating and air. Doug was united in marriage to the former Cecelia Creasser on February 16, 1969 in Sedgwick. He worked for the USD 375 school district in maintenance and part time at Butler County Community College. Doug enjoyed watching his grandchildren’s sporting events and was an avid police scanner listener. He served on the Towanda Volunteer Fire Department and the Butler County Sheriff’s auxiliary. Doug was always there to help someone in need. His greatest joy was his family which includes his wife Cecelia of Towanda, children Rhonda Gwinup of Towanda, Patrick Gwinup of Towanda and Chris (Veronica) Gwinup of Wichita; grandchildren Savannah, Blaise, Liam, Rory, and Quinn Gwinup; siblings Judy (Leroy) Richmeier of Wichita, Debra Gwinup of Minnesota and Martin (Kathy) Gwinup of Minnetonka, Minnesota and several nieces and nephews. Doug passed away on November 2, 2018 at the Kansas Medical Center in Andover. His parents precede him in death. His family will gather with friends on Monday at 7 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church (645 N. 119th; Wichita) for a Rosary prayer and again on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Towanda Cemetery for his graveside service led by Pastor Craig Reynolds. Kirby-Morris Funeral Home is serving the family. Memorial contributions in Doug’s name may be directed to the American Diabetes or American Heart Associations.

 

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Fire crews quickly knock down house fire in south Wichita

KSN – November 16, 2018

Wichita fire crews responded to a house on fire in south Wichita.

The fire was at a home in the 1700 block of S. Wichita.

When crews arrived to the scene a fire was showing coming from the rear of the house.

Firefighters were able to quickly knock down the fire. Fire officials say the home was empty at the time of the fire and no one was injured.

A fire official on the scene said the structure suffered an estimated $5,000 of damage.

The cause of the fire is not yet known. Fire officials are still investigating.

 

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Wichita firefighters rappel down Wesley for the kids

KSN – November 16, 2018

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If you were driving near Wesley in Wichita on Thursday, you may have noticed some heroic people rappelling down the side of Wesley Thursday afternoon.

Why, you may ask?

It was all part of an initiative to bring a little light into the lives of children in Wesley’s cancer unit.

“We came down to rappel for the kids here at Wesley that are being treated for cancer,” said Corey Lies, Wichita firefighter. “We’re here to just give them a little joy and hopefully bring some smiles to their faces.”

Don’t worry though, these firefighter aren’t rookies when it comes to rappelling down Wesley.

“This is something that we practice on all the time, it seems pretty complicated, but once you do it enough it just becomes second nature and it’s pretty easy for us to do,” explained Lies.

The group said they were happy the weather worked out, and they didn’t have to cancel due to snow.

“The stars aligned,” said Lies. “It was pretty awesome.”

 

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Job Opening – Recruitment/Firefighter – Johnson County Fire District #1

Recruitment – Firefighter

Fire District #1 -Johnson County proudly serves Gardner, Edgerton, New Century Air Center and 100 square miles of rural southwest Johnson County.  “Our Mission is to protect life and property and enhance the well-being of all that we serve.”

Fire District #1 is currently accepting application for the position of Firefighter/EMT.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be 18 years or older and have a High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Firefighter I Certification
  • Firefighter II Certification
  • Kansas Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification
  • HAZMAT Awareness
  • HAZMAT Operations
  • Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) certification
  • Fire Service Entrance Exam (FSEE) certification with a passing score of 70% or better
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license with a safe driving record
  • The ability to pass a post offer physical and drug screen and background investigation
  • Must be available to work rotating shifts

Work Schedule:

Shift fire personnel work a regular pattern of 24-hour shifts in a 28-day work period (this schedule is often referred to as the “California Berkley Shift”).

If you would like to be considered for a position and hold the requirements, please submit a completed application and resume along with copies of the required certifications to:

Fire District #1 Johnson County

Attn: Administrative Services

490 New Century Parkway

New Century, KS 66031

 

Applications must be received by December 15 to be considered for this recruitment process.

 

Fire District #1 offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits package that includes medical, dental, life and vision insurance as well as paid time off, retirement benefits, and wellness incentives.

 

Fire District #1 is proud to be an EEO employer.  We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform post offer physicals and drug testing.

 

Please visit our web-site at www.jocofd1.org to learn more about Fire District #1 and to download an application.

 

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One injured in Wednesday fire

By Dawson White
Cherokee County News Advocate – November 15, 2018

A fire erupted at a residence in Columbus on Wednesday night, resulting in one person being airlifted to Tulsa.

The Columbus Fire Department responded to a fire at a residence in east Columbus on Wednesday. Deputy Fire Chief Steve Burton said an individual was working on a vehicle in their garage when gasoline spilled onto the floor. A wood stove in the garage caused the gasoline to ignite. The fire spread rapidly, engulfing both the garage and large parts of the home. Burton said the garage was a total loss and that the home suffered substantial damage.

The individual working on the car was airlifted to Tulsa for their injuries. The name of the victim has not been released. No other people were injured in the incident.

Burton said that no nearby homes were damaged and that the fire department contained the fire quickly.

“It was a very quick knock down, within about thirty minutes,” he said.

 

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Fire damages business

Leavenworth Times – November 15, 2018

A fire at a Leavenworth business resulted in an estimated loss of about $15,000, a fire department official said.

The fire was reported at 2:14 p.m. Tuesday at American Lawn and Fence, 201 Marion St. No injuries were reported.

Mark DeMaranville, division chief of prevention for the Leavenworth Fire Department, said a wood stove was being used to heat the business’ shop. The fire started in the area where the wood stove’s flue exits the building at the roof level.

″(The fire) was contained pretty much to the roof,” DeMaranville said.

He said firefighters had to remove a section of the building’s flat roof to extinguish the fire.

Shawn Kell, health inspector and safety officer for the Leavenworth Fire Department, said the fire was under control within about 10 minutes.

 

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