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On Sunday, August 15, 2021, Morton County Law Enforcement Center received a 911 call at 17:52 reporting a vehicle rollov...
08/16/2021

On Sunday, August 15, 2021, Morton County Law Enforcement Center received a 911 call at 17:52 reporting a vehicle rollover accident south of Rolla Ks with unknown occupants.

At 17:53, Morton County LEC paged out Morton County Sheriff’s Department Deputies, Morton County EMS and Morton County Fire/Rescue to respond to the incident.

A Morton County Deputy and a Morton County / Rolla Firefighter arrived first on scene at 17:57.

In the process of searching for victims of the rollover, the first responding firefighter received an electrical shock from damaged power lines. CPR was initiated by responders on scene with assistance from Morton County EMS who arrived on scene at 18:05.
The firefighter was transported to Morton County Hospital where he later succumbed to the injuries.

We at the KFFM are sending Prayers to his Family and colleagues.

On Sunday, August 15, 2021, Morton County Law Enforcement Center received a 911 call at 17:52 reporting a vehicle rollover accident south of Rolla Ks with unknown occupants.

At 17:53, Morton County LEC paged out Morton County Sheriff’s Department Deputies, Morton County EMS and Morton County Fire/Rescue to respond to the incident.

A Morton County Deputy and a Morton County / Rolla Firefighter arrived first on scene at 17:57.

In the process of searching for victims of the rollover, the first responding firefighter received an electrical shock from damaged power lines. CPR was initiated by responders on scene with assistance from Morton County EMS who arrived on scene at 18:05.
The firefighter was transported to Morton County Hospital where he later succumbed to the injuries.

We at the KFFM are sending Prayers to his Family and colleagues.

Anthony 'Tony' CoxTopeka Fire Department - August 13, 2007Captain Cox and other firefighters were working on the scene o...
08/13/2021

Anthony 'Tony' Cox
Topeka Fire Department - August 13, 2007
Captain Cox and other firefighters were working on the scene of a 2-story apartment building fire. Captain Cox collapsed after leaving the building to rehab. His death was caused by a heart attack

August 10, 1896  -  LODDFireman Andrew McDonald, 45Kansas City Fire Department.  Kansas City, KSFireman McDonald died fr...
08/10/2021

August 10, 1896 - LODD
Fireman Andrew McDonald, 45
Kansas City Fire Department. Kansas City, KS
Fireman McDonald died from the injuries he sustained while responding to an alarm at the Swift and Company’s packing house. Fireman McDonald was driving the hook and ladder truck when he came upon a pile of sand in the poorly lit street. He steered the horses away to avoid hitting the pile of sand that a contractor had left, only to come upon another unseen pile of stone. Hitting the pile of stone the hook and ladder tipped over and he landed up being run over by the hook and ladder. Two other firemen were also injured.

August 10, 1896 - LODD
Fireman Andrew McDonald, 45
Kansas City Fire Department. Kansas City, KS
Fireman McDonald died from the injuries he sustained while responding to an alarm at the Swift and Company’s packing house. Fireman McDonald was driving the hook and ladder truck when he came upon a pile of sand in the poorly lit street. He steered the horses away to avoid hitting the pile of sand that a contractor had left, only to come upon another unseen pile of stone. Hitting the pile of stone the hook and ladder tipped over and he landed up being run over by the hook and ladder. Two other firemen were also injured.

Leland F. JonesEdwardsville Fire Department August 7, 1985
08/07/2021

Leland F. Jones
Edwardsville Fire Department August 7, 1985

Leland F. Jones
Edwardsville Fire Department August 7, 1985

August 5, 1975  -  LODDFirefighter Bernard Eberth, 51Fairmount Township Fire Department. Basehor, KSFirefighter Eberth d...
08/05/2021

August 5, 1975 - LODD
Firefighter Bernard Eberth, 51
Fairmount Township Fire Department. Basehor, KS
Firefighter Eberth died from the injuries he sustained when he was run over by the fire truck. The Basehor Fire Department was responding to a grass fire call. As the truck went down the street it came to a stop to pick up Firefighter Eberth. Firefighter Eberth jumped onto the truck and yelled that he was on. As the truck started moving again, he lost his grip and fell under the rear wheels of the moving engine. Firefighter Eberth was transported to the hospital where he died a short time later.

August 5, 1975 - LODD
Firefighter Bernard Eberth, 51
Fairmount Township Fire Department. Basehor, KS
Firefighter Eberth died from the injuries he sustained when he was run over by the fire truck. The Basehor Fire Department was responding to a grass fire call. As the truck went down the street it came to a stop to pick up Firefighter Eberth. Firefighter Eberth jumped onto the truck and yelled that he was on. As the truck started moving again, he lost his grip and fell under the rear wheels of the moving engine. Firefighter Eberth was transported to the hospital where he died a short time later.

Alfred MebusKansas City Kansas Fire Department August 1, 1910
08/01/2021

Alfred Mebus
Kansas City Kansas
Fire Department
August 1, 1910

Alfred Mebus
Kansas City Kansas
Fire Department
August 1, 1910

Christopher R. BrownLaHarpe Fire Department - July 27, 2006Firefighter Brown was on a work detail driving from his town ...
07/27/2021

Christopher R. Brown
LaHarpe Fire Department - July 27, 2006
Firefighter Brown was on a work detail driving from his town to Manhattan, Kansas to pick up fire equipment that was being given to his department by the Kansas State Forestry Department. Firefighter Brown was driving his personal vehicle, a 2001 Dodge pickup. A police report on the incident noted that it was raining. For reasons unknown, Firefighter Brown's vehicle crossed the centerline of the highway and collided head-on with a tractor-trailer truck headed in the opposite direction. Both vehicles were traveling at highway speeds. Firefighter Brown sustained major injuries and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Firefighter Brown was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.
Age: 20

Christopher R. Brown
LaHarpe Fire Department - July 27, 2006
Firefighter Brown was on a work detail driving from his town to Manhattan, Kansas to pick up fire equipment that was being given to his department by the Kansas State Forestry Department. Firefighter Brown was driving his personal vehicle, a 2001 Dodge pickup. A police report on the incident noted that it was raining. For reasons unknown, Firefighter Brown's vehicle crossed the centerline of the highway and collided head-on with a tractor-trailer truck headed in the opposite direction. Both vehicles were traveling at highway speeds. Firefighter Brown sustained major injuries and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Firefighter Brown was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.
Age: 20

Earl 'stoney' Stauffer Valley Center Fire Department July 27, 1966
07/27/2021

Earl 'stoney' Stauffer
Valley Center Fire Department July 27, 1966

Earl 'stoney' Stauffer
Valley Center Fire Department July 27, 1966

July 27, 2016 - LODDCaptain Michael Lee Schultz, 47 Hoyt Rural Fire District #3.  Hoyt, KSCaptain Schultz was killed whe...
07/27/2021

July 27, 2016 - LODD
Captain Michael Lee Schultz, 47
Hoyt Rural Fire District #3. Hoyt, KS
Captain Schultz was killed when the tanker he was operating lost a front tire and crashed off of the roadway, rolling over several times. A second firefighter was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The pair of firefighters were on their way to a county fair parade when the fatal crash occurred.

July 27, 2016 - LODD
Captain Michael Lee Schultz, 47
Hoyt Rural Fire District #3. Hoyt, KS
Captain Schultz was killed when the tanker he was operating lost a front tire and crashed off of the roadway, rolling over several times. A second firefighter was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The pair of firefighters were on their way to a county fair parade when the fatal crash occurred.

Marvin Donald Wilcox Consolidated Fire District #2 Johnson County July 22, 1988
07/22/2021

Marvin Donald Wilcox Consolidated Fire District #2 Johnson County July 22, 1988

Marvin Donald Wilcox Consolidated Fire District #2 Johnson County July 22, 1988

Terry M. DesCarpenterEldorado Fire Department July 22, 1961July 22, 1961  -  LODDFireman Terry M. DesCarpenter, 23El Dor...
07/22/2021

Terry M. DesCarpenter
Eldorado Fire Department
July 22, 1961July 22, 1961 - LODD
Fireman Terry M. DesCarpenter, 23
El Dorado Fire Department.
Fireman DesCarpenter drowned after the boat he was in, along with two other firemen, capsized while helping to evacuate flood victims. The two other firemen in the boat were able to escape to safety.

Terry M. DesCarpenter
Eldorado Fire Department
July 22, 1961July 22, 1961 - LODD
Fireman Terry M. DesCarpenter, 23
El Dorado Fire Department.
Fireman DesCarpenter drowned after the boat he was in, along with two other firemen, capsized while helping to evacuate flood victims. The two other firemen in the boat were able to escape to safety.

Gary E. SoupeneRiley County Fire Department - July 10, 1995On July 10, Lieutenant Gary Soupene of the Riley County Rural...
07/11/2021

Gary E. Soupene
Riley County Fire Department - July 10, 1995
On July 10, Lieutenant Gary Soupene of the Riley County Rural Fire Department was killed while responding in his personal vehicle to a reported grass fire. Lieutenant Soupene was slowing down to pick up another volunteer when his vehicle was struck from behind by a car driven by another firefighter responding to the same incident, flipping Lieutenant Soupene's car and killing him. The reported fire turned out to be a bale of hay that had caught on fire.

Gary E. Soupene
Riley County Fire Department - July 10, 1995
On July 10, Lieutenant Gary Soupene of the Riley County Rural Fire Department was killed while responding in his personal vehicle to a reported grass fire. Lieutenant Soupene was slowing down to pick up another volunteer when his vehicle was struck from behind by a car driven by another firefighter responding to the same incident, flipping Lieutenant Soupene's car and killing him. The reported fire turned out to be a bale of hay that had caught on fire.

July 7, 1976 - LODDAssistant Chief Howard LourNeodesha Fire Department, Kansas Assistant Chief Howard Lour died July 7, ...
07/08/2021

July 7, 1976 - LODD
Assistant Chief Howard Lour
Neodesha Fire Department, Kansas
Assistant Chief Howard Lour died July 7, 1976 while driving engine 4 to a house fire. Howard died of a heart attack.

July 7, 1976 - LODD
Assistant Chief Howard Lour
Neodesha Fire Department, Kansas
Assistant Chief Howard Lour died July 7, 1976 while driving engine 4 to a house fire. Howard died of a heart attack.

Today we remember the 19 Members of Granite Mountain Hot Shot Crew R-3.
06/30/2021

Today we remember the 19 Members of Granite Mountain Hot Shot Crew R-3.

Today we remember the 19 Members of Granite Mountain Hot Shot Crew R-3.

Carroll Ferguson Decatur County Fire Department.  June 19, 1967Firefighter Ferguson was killed at a house fire in rural ...
06/19/2021

Carroll Ferguson Decatur County Fire Department. June 19, 1967
Firefighter Ferguson was killed at a house fire in rural Decatur County when a chimney collapsed on him. He is survived by a wife and 4 Children.

Carroll Ferguson Decatur County Fire Department. June 19, 1967
Firefighter Ferguson was killed at a house fire in rural Decatur County when a chimney collapsed on him. He is survived by a wife and 4 Children.

Lyle LewisOsborne County Fire District #3/Alton - June 16, 2009Firefighter Lewis and the members of his fire department ...
06/16/2021

Lyle Lewis
Osborne County Fire District #3/Alton - June 16, 2009
Firefighter Lewis and the members of his fire department responded to a residential structure fire. It was a hot and humid day. Firefighters found a working fire. Firefighter Lewis and other firefighters advanced a handline through a second story window and operated in the interior. After exiting the structure temporarily, Firefighter Lewis and another firefighter went back into the structure to continue operations. As Firefighter Lewis exited the building for the second time, his low air alarm was sounding. When he arrived at rehab, he told other firefighters that he was overheated. He was assessed and found to be suffering from chest pains. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance. Firefighter Lewis lost consciousness; an AED was attached and delivered a shock. Treatment efforts continued in the emergency room but were not successful. Firefighter Lewis was pronounced dead at 1845 hours.

Lyle Lewis
Osborne County Fire District #3/Alton - June 16, 2009
Firefighter Lewis and the members of his fire department responded to a residential structure fire. It was a hot and humid day. Firefighters found a working fire. Firefighter Lewis and other firefighters advanced a handline through a second story window and operated in the interior. After exiting the structure temporarily, Firefighter Lewis and another firefighter went back into the structure to continue operations. As Firefighter Lewis exited the building for the second time, his low air alarm was sounding. When he arrived at rehab, he told other firefighters that he was overheated. He was assessed and found to be suffering from chest pains. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance. Firefighter Lewis lost consciousness; an AED was attached and delivered a shock. Treatment efforts continued in the emergency room but were not successful. Firefighter Lewis was pronounced dead at 1845 hours.

June 13, 1973 - LODDFirefighter Gerald Lee Lloyd, 21Sedgwick County Fire District 1. Wichita KansasLloyd was responding ...
06/13/2021

June 13, 1973 - LODD
Firefighter Gerald Lee Lloyd, 21
Sedgwick County Fire District 1. Wichita Kansas
Lloyd was responding to a house fire call in the Oaklawn area when his tender rolled at the intersection of 47th South and Broadway. He was taken to St. Francis hospital in serious condition and died later that evening. Cause of death was massive head and chest injuries.

June 13, 1973 - LODD
Firefighter Gerald Lee Lloyd, 21
Sedgwick County Fire District 1. Wichita Kansas
Lloyd was responding to a house fire call in the Oaklawn area when his tender rolled at the intersection of 47th South and Broadway. He was taken to St. Francis hospital in serious condition and died later that evening. Cause of death was massive head and chest injuries.

Bruce SternbergerHardtner/Elwood Fire Department - June 10, 2005Incident Description: Firefighter Sternberger and the me...
06/10/2021

Bruce Sternberger
Hardtner/Elwood Fire Department - June 10, 2005
Incident Description: Firefighter Sternberger and the members of his fire department fought a 260-acre fire in wheat fields. That night, a lightning strike occurred near his home, causing a power outage and starting a wildfire. Firefighter Sternberger called the fire department to report the fire and then went outside to begin fighting the fire. Firefighters believe that Firefighter Sternberger left his home and almost immediately came into contact with an energized power line. After not hearing from him for a while, Firefighter Sternberger's wife called the fire department for assistance. Firefighter Sternberger's body was discovered a short time later.

Bruce Sternberger
Hardtner/Elwood Fire Department - June 10, 2005
Incident Description: Firefighter Sternberger and the members of his fire department fought a 260-acre fire in wheat fields. That night, a lightning strike occurred near his home, causing a power outage and starting a wildfire. Firefighter Sternberger called the fire department to report the fire and then went outside to begin fighting the fire. Firefighters believe that Firefighter Sternberger left his home and almost immediately came into contact with an energized power line. After not hearing from him for a while, Firefighter Sternberger's wife called the fire department for assistance. Firefighter Sternberger's body was discovered a short time later.

June 8, 1992 - LODDCaptain Wayne E Walker, 41Kansas City Fire Department, Kansas Captain Walker suffered a heart attack ...
06/08/2021

June 8, 1992 - LODD
Captain Wayne E Walker, 41
Kansas City Fire Department, Kansas
Captain Walker suffered a heart attack returning from a residential structure fire.

June 8, 1992 - LODD
Captain Wayne E Walker, 41
Kansas City Fire Department, Kansas
Captain Walker suffered a heart attack returning from a residential structure fire.

Photos from Honor365's post
06/06/2021

Photos from Honor365's post

The KFFM would like to congratulate FF Shawn Hayes in being the Wichita Area Insurance Professionals 2021 Firefighter of...
06/05/2021

The KFFM would like to congratulate FF Shawn Hayes in being the Wichita Area Insurance Professionals 2021 Firefighter of the year. FF Hayes is a seven year veteran with the Wichita Fire Department.

Just a reminder that Tod and Nick will be working at the Kansas Firefighters Museum today 1-7 and Saturday 10-3. We have...
06/04/2021

Just a reminder that Tod and Nick will be working at the Kansas Firefighters Museum today 1-7 and Saturday 10-3. We have 2 great pieces on display. The 9/11 exhibit from @honorvet365 which I can’t put into words how amazing this is and the pictures I post don’t do it justice. You must come see this in person. The second piece is the “First From the Flames” statue that was donated to the museum. It ties in with the 9/11 exhibit very well. The weather is going to be great and all the cool kids 😎 will be there! Did I mention that admission is FREE!!
Kansas Firefighters Museum 1300 S. Broadway Wichita, Kansas

Thanks to the Vinson family who stopped at the KFFM to see #Honor365.org
06/03/2021

Thanks to the Vinson family who stopped at the KFFM to see #Honor365.org

Thanks to the Vinson family who stopped at the KFFM to see #Honor365.org

June 2, 1965 - LODDFirefighter Gary Lee Barrow, 24Wichita Fire Department, Kansas Lost life from an explosion and fire a...
06/02/2021

June 2, 1965 - LODD
Firefighter Gary Lee Barrow, 24
Wichita Fire Department, Kansas
Lost life from an explosion and fire at the Red Bud Supermarket at Grove and 21st Street.

June 2, 1965 - LODD
Firefighter Gary Lee Barrow, 24
Wichita Fire Department, Kansas
Lost life from an explosion and fire at the Red Bud Supermarket at Grove and 21st Street.

Lyndell Joe SmithCaldwell Volunteer Fire Department - June 1, 2000Firefighter Smith was a passenger in a 1984 Jeep CJ7 c...
06/01/2021

Lyndell Joe Smith
Caldwell Volunteer Fire Department - June 1, 2000
Firefighter Smith was a passenger in a 1984 Jeep CJ7 command vehicle. The truck was equipped with extrication equipment and was responding with lights and siren in operation to a vehicle rollover with reports of serious injuries. Firefighter Smith was riding the hump between the driver and the front seat passenger. None of the truck’s occupants were wearing seat belts. As the command vehicle overtook and passed a passenger car on the left side, the car turned into the command vehicle, striking it at the right rear tire. The command vehicle skidded across traffic, entered a ditch, overturned in a wheat field, and caught fire. All three occupants of the command vehicle were ejected. Firefighter Smith received fatal injuries, and the other occupants of the command vehicle received serious injuries.

Lyndell Joe Smith
Caldwell Volunteer Fire Department - June 1, 2000
Firefighter Smith was a passenger in a 1984 Jeep CJ7 command vehicle. The truck was equipped with extrication equipment and was responding with lights and siren in operation to a vehicle rollover with reports of serious injuries. Firefighter Smith was riding the hump between the driver and the front seat passenger. None of the truck’s occupants were wearing seat belts. As the command vehicle overtook and passed a passenger car on the left side, the car turned into the command vehicle, striking it at the right rear tire. The command vehicle skidded across traffic, entered a ditch, overturned in a wheat field, and caught fire. All three occupants of the command vehicle were ejected. Firefighter Smith received fatal injuries, and the other occupants of the command vehicle received serious injuries.

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1300 S Broadway St
Wichita, KS
67211

Free parking west of museum. Fallen Firefighters Memorial Wall located south of museum along with family-friendly park, playground, water fountains, gazebo and picnic area. (Museum located in southern part of downtown Wichita)

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(316) 264-5990

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In case you missed the 9/11 exhibit we had at the museum from May 26th to June 11th here is a video for you. If you want to see it on full display and in person, it's destination is Fort Worth, TX. at the Fort Worth Museum of Science & History June 18th - July 4th.
Happy to have members of the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club visit the museum today!!!
At Gary Boomershine memorial yesterday.
Ruth will the museum be open this Sat? Phil's brother from Washington is in town and we plan to bring them to the museum this Sat.
Meaningful day.
Please join us tomorrow at 8am, the museum will be having a rememberance service for Patriots Day.
This Saturday August 4th The Kansas Firefighters Museum Will be closed for remodeling
It was just announced that Retired Wichita Fire Lieutenant Mike Sawyer has passed away. Please keep his family in your prayers tonight. R.I.P. Lt. Gods Speed
Monday, July 2, 2018, Wichita / Metro First Responders Classic Car and Motor Cycle get together. It will be at Emerson Biggins, 2200 N. Maize Rd at 11:30 am. A Boot will be provided for a voluntary $5.00 donation to the Kansas State Firefighters Museum. Come on out to see everyone, and support our museum. Thank you!
Hi this is Tonya Peissig again...just a note for you fighter fighters that didn't know the area. My Mom grew up 3 houses down from the pool on Topeka, we would swim at the pool every summer day. Also she would run down and take care of the fire department when the fire men were called out. That was the south end at that time and as it turned out the Memorial is there on that block as well as my Grandmother working for the church which later bought her house and part of the cross is on the land. We have in detail the goings and comings in our life and am so proud to have traveled all these years with you. We are Blessed by a Family larger than life and our hearts are with yours everyday. For the firefighters I would love to hear of some of your memories of Dale J Mishler.....Truly yours Tonya Thank You Again.... for the Representation of your humbling service that you have given everyone in need. Daughter of Dale J. Mishler and Teresa A special acknowledgement to Captain Kenny Ast and Dan Mishler
Can you tell me if Cole and Lindsey Peissig;s name is on the pavement now, Grandson of Dale J. Mishler....I ordered it at the reveling of the Marker set for the fallen fighters at Ylingling Honored. Thank You again for your remembrance of all our Fire Fighter Families! May God be with YOU....ALWAYS