October 12th marks four years since Kansas City, Missouri firefighters John Mesh and Larry Leggio were killed in the line of duty. A permanent memorial was installed at the site of the deadly fire, at Independence Avenue and Prospect.
Family members are still grieving their loss, and say this memorial is a touching tribute. “We're proud that, happy that people haven't forgot John and Larry,” said John’s brother Jim Mesh, “and we're honored to have this memorial in place to obviously keep their memories alive.”
“It brings everyone together, because that tragic event made our family bigger,” said Missy Leggio, Larry Leggio’s widow, “so it’s a time to reflect on their lives and share stories and keep their memory going and not forget.”
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Just after midnight on Oct. 10, the Springfield Fire Department was notified of a possible house fire at 1025 W. Monroe Terrace with reports of persons possibly inside.
Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire involvement and partial collapse of a vacant residential structure. A single fire victim was located.
The Greene County Medical Examiner has identified the victim as 29-year-old Zachary S. Denney.
The cause of the fire remains undetermined and is under investigation by the Fire Department.
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Callaway County’s rural fire protection districts celebrated their 40th anniversary Saturday morning.
The celebration took place at Callaway Electric Cooperative with the county’s six rural fire protection districts in attendance. The districts included North Callaway, South Callaway, Central, Millersburg, Holts Summit and New Bloomfield.
“Usually there’s two to three departments working on a fire; we all work together very well. It used to be if there was a fire in someone else’s district, we probably wouldn’t even know about it,” said Greg Luebbert, chief of the Central Fire Protection District.
At the celebration, there were trucks from each department on display, a children’s obstacle course where they could earn the title “junior firefighter,” extrication demonstrations and teaching people how to use fire extinguishers.
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CrimeStoppers has a $6,000 reward for anyone who can offer tips to solve recent arson cases in North City.
Those living in the area said the fires really leave them with questions about the motive.
The smell of smoke is still strong at just one of several homes destroyed in a string of fires in the 5100 block of Enright.
Neighbors said flames lit up the skies even damaging the home next door.
"When I looked out my window, I saw all kinds of lights blinking lights in a lot of noise," said Annie Williams, a resident of the area for 40 years.
"It looked like the world was over," another neighbor said.
Not much is left of one home neighbors said was being renovated. Authorities said it was the latest building to burn of three.
Right now, they are investigating fires sparked between October 5th and 7th and another the 11th.
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Video: We are nearing the end of national fire prevention week. A Springfield woman is hoping her story is a lesson on how smoke detectors can save lives.
"It looked like a fire breathing dragon." said Genile Dennison. It was just after 2:00AM last Wednesday morning when Dennison was woken up by her smoke alarm going off in her living room. Genile says the window air conditioning unit was on fire and because it was still running, it was pushing the flames into the living room.
"It wasn't just burning up, it was burning out." Dennison explained. "It was the scariest thing I have ever seen in my whole life."
Everyone made it outside safely, but had it not been for a simple smoke alarm, it could have been a much different story.
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