FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 13, 2015
Kansas City salutes fallen firefighters
Recognition and memorial remembers and honors the service of two fallen firefighters
With a heavy heart, the City of Kansas City, Mo. shares the tragic news of the loss of two Kansas City, Mo. firefighters, who were fatally injured during a second alarm fire response on the evening of Oct. 12. The deceased firefighters have been identified as Larry J. Leggio, a 17-year veteran; and John V. Mesh, a 13-year veteran. The City of Kansas City unites in remembrance and honor for the service of these two firefighters, and for the family and colleagues they leave behind.
The City of Kansas City, and the Kansas City Fire Department kindly request privacy for the family and colleagues of the fallen firefighters as they mourn this tragic loss. All media requests and inquires may be directed to Director of City Communications Chris Hernandez, at 816-513-3474, or Deputy Chief James Garrett, public information officer at Fire Headquarters at 816-513-4622.
“The tragic loss of two of Kansas City’s firefighters is a reminder that our emergency response teams put their lives on the line for all of us every day,” said Mayor Sly James. “Our condolences go out to the loved ones of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and we pray for recovery of the injured.”
In a public statement this morning, Fire Chief Paul Berardi provided details regarding the second alarm fire, which was reported at approximately 7:27 p.m. on Oct. 12. The location of the fire was near Independence Ave. and Prospect. Berardi’s complete account can be found online at kcmo.gov.
“We are disheartened to hear of the tragic loss of two of Kansas City’s dedicated firefighters,” said City Manager, Troy Schulte. “Today is a somber reminder that the work our employees perform in service to the citizens of our City can be dangerous and difficult. Each day lives are put on the line to make our City great; the legacy of firefighters Leggio and Mesh will not be forgotten.”
The City of Kansas City, Mo. will place flags at half-staff this week in honor of the long-standing service of firefighters Leggio and Mesh. Members of the City Council will honor the firefighters by wearing a symbol of support and with a moment of silence during Thursday’s regularly scheduled Council Legislative Session. Details regarding memorial services will be released as soon as they are available.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with those that loved, lived and worked with firefighters Leggio and Mesh,” said First District Councilmember, Heather Hall. “The work performed by these brave City servants each day is significant and difficult labor. It is with sincere appreciation respect for the work of these men, and the entire Kansas City Fire Department, that we remember and honor these fallen heroes.”
Social media accounts around the City are reflecting support for the fallen firefighters of the Kansas City Fire Department. The profile picture below is available for public use.
For additional information and media inquiries, please contact Director of Communications Chris Hernandez at 816-513-3474 or Deputy Chief James Garrett, public information officer at Fire Headquarters at 816-513-4622.