VIDEO: Kansas City-area first responders, family and friends gathered in numbers Friday morning to honor the life and sacrifice of Capt. John Parison III. He was with the Kansas City, Missouri, Fire Department for over 20 years.
Parison recently passed away after a short battle with stage 4 colon cancer. After further review, it was determined this week that the captain's passing was a line-of-duty death.
A visitation was held Friday morning at the Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church followed by a procession. The route ultimately ended at the captain’s final resting place, Park Lawn Cemetery.
“Different cancers have anywhere up to 300% increase just for (firefighters) due to the carcinogens we face everyday and house fires and the different chemicals we encounter,” said KCFD firefighter James Moran.
KSHB-TV NBC 41 Kansas City
Firefighters across St. Louis County rushed to extinguish a fire at Webster Groves senior living facility early Sunday morning.
Around 5 a.m., a second-alarm fire broke out at the Laclede Groves Lutheran Senior Services facility on Laclede Station Road. Fire crews from across St. Louis County helped rescue 18 people from the impacted floors.
Officials said that some people were rescued from the stairwells. One person was taken to the hospital with non-serious injuries for treatment.
The following fire departments assisted with the early morning fire: Shrewsbury, Affton, Brentwood, Maplewood, Mehlville, Glendale, Kirkwood, Clayton, Richmond Heights, and Rock Hill.
Bill Wichman has lived at Laclede Groves for over two years. He said it's a wonderful place to live. Wichman was one of several residents that woke up to the commotion Sunday morning.
KSDK-TV NBC 5 St. Louis
No injuries were reported after a residential fire in Lake Ozark on Thanksgiving.
The Lake Ozark Fire Protection District responded to the fire on Spring Green Circle at 8:26 p.m.
Heavy fire was found near the backside of the home and was handled with an offensive fire attack, according to a press release.
However, another alarm was sounded for the same residence at 3:26 a.m. The fire was believed to have been rekindled by the sudden and intense change in wind, the release said.
After the second fire incident at the home, Lake Ozark Fire confirmed the total loss of the residence.
KOMU-TV NBC 8 Columbia