Richard Paul, the FAO (chauffeur) of Pumper 43 passed away last Friday while doing a cardiac stress test during his annual physical. It was an unexpected death for Mr. Paul who was just 54 years old. He is remembered as a solid firefighter, a practical joker, a man of integrity and reliability, someone who was always willing to help out and most importantly a very kind and gentle man.
While he did not die because he was overcome with smoke, or had a floor collapse on him, or fell from a roof, his choice to become a firefighter had a negative effect on his health. The research shows it.
The South Kansas City Observer extends condolences to Mr. Paul's family, coworkers and friends. His funeral was today.
Images:Two screen grabs: Top: WDAF Funeral program. KMBC--Pumper 43 carries Mr. Paul's coffin during the funeral procession.