City-Wide Memorial for Fallen Kansas City Firefighters

There will be a city-wide memorial service in honor of fallen firefighters Larry J. Leggio and John V. Mesh, reports

Fire inspectors and structural engineers from across the country are sorting through rubble to determine how and where a fire started that killed two firefighters in the line of duty.

Both Kansas City police and fire departments asked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to help with the investigation.

The public memorial service, hosted by firefighter union IAFF Local 42, will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO. The Sprint Center has room for about 13,000 people to honor the two men.

Some of the space inside the arena will be taken up by the firefighters’ rigs. Leggio worked on Truck 2. Mesh worked on Pumper 10. Tentative plans are to have both of those rigs inside the Sprint Center for the service.

The memorial service will close traffic surrounding the Sprint Center along Grand Avenue and Truman Road to make way for a motorcade and processional. Residents are advised to follow detours, as posted.

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A fund to support the families of the two fallen Kansas City (MO) firefighters is available through IAFF Local 42. Tax-deductible donations will be given to the families of firefighters Leggio and Mesh. Donations can be made by check, payable to IAFF Local 42 and should be sent to 6320 Manchester Ave., Suite 42A; Kansas City, MO 64133.

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