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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.

Honor365 ceremonies Saturday at the KFFM,  a touching tribute to our Veterans, Law Enforcement and Fire Fighters Living ...
05/30/2021

Honor365 ceremonies Saturday at the KFFM, a touching tribute to our Veterans, Law Enforcement and Fire Fighters Living and Deceased

Photos from Honor365's post
05/28/2021

Photos from Honor365's post

Thank you to all of you in Wichita, Kansas for the amazing support of the 9/11 Exhibit.One thing we know is that first r...
05/27/2021

Thank you to all of you in Wichita, Kansas for the amazing support of the 9/11 Exhibit.

One thing we know is that first responders and veterans are dedicated and committed to making a difference in their communities.

We hope to see you at the exhibit during museum hours. Visit the museum website for times while the exhibit is on display through June 11th.

https://kansasfirefightersmuseum.com/
Honor365
Kansas Firefighters Museum
Daan van der Steijn
Wichita Police Department
City of Wichita- Government
Wichita Fire Department
Red Roof
Saville Creations
Stephen Sobisky

The 9/11 exhibit has arrived at the KFFM, exhibit opens tomorrow at 1:00pm. Thanks Honor365 and Daan van Der Steijn for ...
05/25/2021

The 9/11 exhibit has arrived at the KFFM, exhibit opens tomorrow at 1:00pm. Thanks Honor365 and Daan van Der Steijn for allowing us to be one of the hosts for this amazing exhibit!

Warren L. Howland Riley County Fire Department May 25,1987Heart Attack while driving a fire truck to a fire.
05/25/2021

Warren L. Howland
Riley County Fire Department May 25,1987
Heart Attack while driving a fire truck to a fire.

Warren L. Howland
Riley County Fire Department May 25,1987
Heart Attack while driving a fire truck to a fire.

May 29th 10:00am Honor Walk and Memorial at the KFFM.
05/24/2021

May 29th 10:00am Honor Walk and Memorial at the KFFM.

Ed Baer LODD Newton Fire Department May 23. 1946
05/23/2021

Ed Baer LODD
Newton Fire Department
May 23. 1946

Ed Baer LODD
Newton Fire Department
May 23. 1946

May 22, 2010 - LODDFirefighter John Bradford Glaser, 33Shawnee Fire Department. Shawnee, KansasThe Shawnee Fire Departme...
05/23/2021

May 22, 2010 - LODD
Firefighter John Bradford Glaser, 33
Shawnee Fire Department. Shawnee, Kansas
The Shawnee Fire Department received a residential fire alarm report at 2052 hours and dispatched a single company. Additional calls reporting a working fire generated the response of a full alarm assignment of three engines, two quints, a Command Officer, and a medic unit. Firefighters arrived on the scene and found a working fire in a 6,000-square-foot residence. Firefighter Glaser was assigned search and rescue of the structure with his company officer. Bystanders reported that a dog and an elderly couple might be inside of the structure. Firefighter Glaser broke out a side window by the front door and unlocked the door. Heavy black smoke began to pour out of the broken window as he worked. Firefighter Glaser and his company officer entered the structure and began a search. As they searched, Firefighter Glaser advanced an uncharged 1-3/4-inch handline and a Thermal Imaging Camera (TIC). They located the family dog and carried it to the front door, where it was handed to other firefighters. Firefighter Glaser and his company officer reentered the structure to continue the search. They were joined by another crew. Shortly thereafter, Firefighter Glaser's company officer was heard calling for him. The second crew scanned the area with their TIC in an attempt to find Firefighter Glaser. Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) crews were assigned and searched the structure for Firefighter Glaser. After approximately 10 minutes of searching by multiple crews, Firefighter Glaser was located in a small room behind a closed door. He was removed from the structure by firefighters and treated. Firefighter Glaser was transported to the hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced dead. Investigation revealed that Firefighter Glaser had become ill and vomited into his SCBA facepiece. When he was found, he was lying on his back without his helmet, gloves, and facepiece. His death was caused by smoke inhalation.

May 22, 2010 - LODD
Firefighter John Bradford Glaser, 33
Shawnee Fire Department. Shawnee, Kansas
The Shawnee Fire Department received a residential fire alarm report at 2052 hours and dispatched a single company. Additional calls reporting a working fire generated the response of a full alarm assignment of three engines, two quints, a Command Officer, and a medic unit. Firefighters arrived on the scene and found a working fire in a 6,000-square-foot residence. Firefighter Glaser was assigned search and rescue of the structure with his company officer. Bystanders reported that a dog and an elderly couple might be inside of the structure. Firefighter Glaser broke out a side window by the front door and unlocked the door. Heavy black smoke began to pour out of the broken window as he worked. Firefighter Glaser and his company officer entered the structure and began a search. As they searched, Firefighter Glaser advanced an uncharged 1-3/4-inch handline and a Thermal Imaging Camera (TIC). They located the family dog and carried it to the front door, where it was handed to other firefighters. Firefighter Glaser and his company officer reentered the structure to continue the search. They were joined by another crew. Shortly thereafter, Firefighter Glaser's company officer was heard calling for him. The second crew scanned the area with their TIC in an attempt to find Firefighter Glaser. Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) crews were assigned and searched the structure for Firefighter Glaser. After approximately 10 minutes of searching by multiple crews, Firefighter Glaser was located in a small room behind a closed door. He was removed from the structure by firefighters and treated. Firefighter Glaser was transported to the hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced dead. Investigation revealed that Firefighter Glaser had become ill and vomited into his SCBA facepiece. When he was found, he was lying on his back without his helmet, gloves, and facepiece. His death was caused by smoke inhalation.

Olathe Fire Department May 20, 1975Captain Bingham died while diving at Olathe lake during a body recovery from an earli...
05/20/2021

Olathe Fire Department May 20, 1975
Captain Bingham died while diving at Olathe lake during a body recovery from an earlier drowning.

Olathe Fire Department May 20, 1975
Captain Bingham died while diving at Olathe lake during a body recovery from an earlier drowning.

May 19, 1917  -  LODDFireman John C. Callahan, 52Kansas City Fire Department.  Kansas City, KSFireman Callahan suffered ...
05/19/2021

May 19, 1917 - LODD
Fireman John C. Callahan, 52
Kansas City Fire Department. Kansas City, KS
Fireman Callahan suffered two broken legs, two broken arms and internal injuries when a wall had collapsed on him while he was operating at a fire at the Drought Hay Company and the Kansas City Stockyards Company, on May 16, 1917. He succumbed to his injuries on May 19, 1917. It was believed the fire that destroyed the two warehouses was intentionally set. Fireman Frank Hill died from the injuries he sustained the day of the fire.

May 19, 1917 - LODD
Fireman John C. Callahan, 52
Kansas City Fire Department. Kansas City, KS
Fireman Callahan suffered two broken legs, two broken arms and internal injuries when a wall had collapsed on him while he was operating at a fire at the Drought Hay Company and the Kansas City Stockyards Company, on May 16, 1917. He succumbed to his injuries on May 19, 1917. It was believed the fire that destroyed the two warehouses was intentionally set. Fireman Frank Hill died from the injuries he sustained the day of the fire.

05/17/2021

Frank Hill Kansas City Kansas May 16 1917
LODD

New Edition  to the KFFM Aerial Ladder Truck out of the Marsha and Merv Chriser collection.
05/14/2021

New Edition to the KFFM Aerial Ladder Truck out of the Marsha and Merv Chriser collection.

New Edition to the KFFM Aerial Ladder Truck out of the Marsha and Merv Chriser collection.

Thomas Dean Cox Ford County Fire Department May, 14 1971On May 14, 1971, firefighter Cox was killed while responding to ...
05/14/2021

Thomas Dean Cox Ford County Fire Department May, 14 1971On May 14, 1971, firefighter Cox was killed while responding to a rural grass fire. The Jeep fire truck he was driving swerved to avoid traffic, lost control, and slammed into a utility pole at 14th Avenue and Wyatt Earp Boulevard.

Thomas Dean Cox Ford County Fire Department May, 14 1971On May 14, 1971, firefighter Cox was killed while responding to a rural grass fire. The Jeep fire truck he was driving swerved to avoid traffic, lost control, and slammed into a utility pole at 14th Avenue and Wyatt Earp Boulevard.

Thanks Joyce,Sue,Karen,Jayne and Tom from Medicine Lodge for stopping by and checking us out.
05/13/2021

Thanks Joyce,Sue,Karen,Jayne and Tom from Medicine Lodge for stopping by and checking us out.

Butler County Fire District #3 - May 11, 2007Firefighter Daley and the members of his fire department were dispatched to...
05/11/2021

Butler County Fire District #3 - May 11, 2007
Firefighter Daley and the members of his fire department were dispatched to a structure fire in their community. Firefighter Daley responded in his personal vehicle to the fire station. Upon his arrival at the fire station, he learned that there was no room for him to respond on the first piece of fire apparatus. Firefighter Daley was instructed to wait for the next piece of apparatus to respond. Firefighter Daley departed the fire station in his personal vehicle, a 1990 full-size Chevrolet extended cab pickup truck, and began his response to the fire scene. Firefighter Daley passed a car headed in the same direction but oversteered when he entered his travel lane. The right wheels of Firefighter Daley's vehicle left the right side of the paved surface of the roadway. Firefighter Daley lost control of his vehicle, it slid sideways, and rolled 2.5 times. Firefighter Daley was ejected from the vehicle during the second roll. Firefighter Daley was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. He received fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital just after midnight.

Butler County Fire District #3 - May 11, 2007
Firefighter Daley and the members of his fire department were dispatched to a structure fire in their community. Firefighter Daley responded in his personal vehicle to the fire station. Upon his arrival at the fire station, he learned that there was no room for him to respond on the first piece of fire apparatus. Firefighter Daley was instructed to wait for the next piece of apparatus to respond. Firefighter Daley departed the fire station in his personal vehicle, a 1990 full-size Chevrolet extended cab pickup truck, and began his response to the fire scene. Firefighter Daley passed a car headed in the same direction but oversteered when he entered his travel lane. The right wheels of Firefighter Daley's vehicle left the right side of the paved surface of the roadway. Firefighter Daley lost control of his vehicle, it slid sideways, and rolled 2.5 times. Firefighter Daley was ejected from the vehicle during the second roll. Firefighter Daley was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. He received fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital just after midnight.

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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)

Opening Hours

Tuesday 01:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 01:00 - 19:00
Thursday 01:00 - 19:00
Friday 01:00 - 19:00
Saturday 10:00 - 15:00

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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