Sunday, May 23, 2010

Kansas City Area Loses Firefighter in Shawnee Fire

Shawnee, Kansas Firefighter John Glaser was killed in the line of duty while doing a house search during a house fire in Shawnee yesterday evening. The six year veteran became separated from his search team as they were doing primary and secondary search of a large two story wood frame house. He sent out a "Mayday" but by the time he was located, he was unconscious. He was pronounced dead at a near by hospital. A second firefighter received minor injuries. The large home was well involved with flames showing when firefighters arrived. Neighbors informed the fire department that the house was occupied by an older man and a dog. Initial search was done, and the dog was found. A second search started and this was when FF Glaser became separated from his team.

Mr. Glaser was 33 years old. He was married and the father of two children.

5 comments:

peedee said...

Oh no. So flippen sad. RIP FF Glaser.

They buried a local State Trooper down here today.

Ann T. said...

Dear The Observer,
Thank you for telling this sobering story. I am so sorry.

My condolences to the wife and sons of John Glaser. There are no good words to describe the loss.

Also to the brothers and sisters in his agency, who tried to save him even as he tried to save another.

I am very sorry for your loss.

Sincerely,
Ann T.

Capt. Schmoe said...

Rest easy, Glaser. We got it from here.

the observer said...

peedee: Yes, so sad. If there were mistakes, I hope that somehow we can see to learn from them, so that the chances of this happening again become less.

Ann T: It appears another good man has been lost in the service to the community.

Capt. Schmoe: Yes, indeed. That means a lot, coming from you, inside the corps.

Funeral is Thursday, at The Church At Which I Currently Attend. I do believe I'll go.

The Observer

the observer said...

AKA United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS.

Visitation: Weds, 1600-2000 at UM Church of the Resurrection

Procession 0930 Thursday, starting at Amos Family Chapel in Shawnee and going to COR.

Funeral 1030 Thursday at UM Church of the Resurrection.

Information from the Facebook page.