FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 19, 2018
It’s been 30 years since six Kansas City, Missouri, firefighters lost their lives at a construction site east of I-49 at 87th and Blue River Road. But the memory of these emergency responders lives on as KCFD holds a memorial service at the accident site to honor Pumper 30 and Pumper 41.
This ceremony is being held on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 10 a.m. and the public is invited to join Kansas City Fire Department and city officials, along with the families and friends of the fallen, who will gather to pay tribute to those who rushed into danger on this tragic morning.
The KCFD firefighters who died were:
- Capt. Gerald C. Halloran, 57
- Thomas M. Fry, 41
- Luther E. Hurd, 31
- Capt. James H. Kilventon Jr., 54
- Robert D. McKarnin, 42
- Michael R. Oldham, 32
The Nov. 29, 1988, pre-dawn explosion resulted in the development of a hazardous-materials team to aid firefighters at emergencies. Also, Kansas City enacted a labeling program for structures, which paved the way for the diamond-shaped placards on buildings and containers, indicating hazardous materials used or stored inside.
For more information on this event, contact Deputy Chief Public Information Office James Dean at 816-513-4664 or 816-805-3330.