Four Missouri firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2015 have been honored during services Saturday and Sunday in Kingdom City. They will be added to a monument wall commemorating Missouri firefighters who have been killed while protecting others.
Those being added to the Fire Fighters Line of Duty Memorial Wall are:
Battalion Chief Christopher A. Tindall, age 41, South Metropolitan Fire Protection District, killed Jan. 8, 2015. Tindall died after suffering chest pains several hours after responding to an emergency call. He was a 14-year veteran of the department headquartered in Raymore.
Engineer-Firefighter Larry W. Lawhorn, age 60, Orchard Farm Fire Protection District, killed May 3, 2015. Lawhorn was responding to a mutual aid structure fire when the fire department tanker he was driving left the roadway and came to rest in a field after he suffered a heart attack. He had served 17 years with the district in St. Charles County, and previously had served 19 years with the St. Charles Fire Protection District.
Fire Apparatus Operator Larry J. Leggio, age 43, Kansas City Fire Department, killed Oct. 12, 2015. Leggio and Firefighter John Mesh were part of a two-alarm response to a large apartment building fire. Leggio and Mesh rescued two occupants by ladder before deteriorating conditions forced a shift to defensive operations. Fire Apparatus Operator Leggio died after being trapped as the building collapsed. He was a 17-year veteran of the department.
Firefighter John V. Mesh, age 39, Kansas City Fire Department, killed Oct. 12, 2015. He was a 13-year veteran of the department.