Michael Oldham was 32 when he and five fellow firefighters died in the predawn hours of Nov. 29, 1988, reports The Kansas City Star.
At the highway construction site of U.S. 71 at 87th Street, two burning trailers loaded with 25,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil erupted in blasts that shattered windows and woke residents for miles around.
On Friday, the fallen six were honored where it happened.
Dozens of their family members joined local dignitaries and active and retired firefighters to pay tribute at the 30/41 Firefighters Memorial. They were reminded how the tragedy that claimed the crews of Pumpers 30 and 41 changed the rules for reporting hazardous materials and responding to such emergencies.
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