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Fallen firefighters to be honored with candlelight vigil, memorial

Four Missourifirefighterswho died in the line of duty in 2015 will be honored during servicesSaturdayandSundayat the Fire Fighters Memorial of Missouri in Kingdom City.

OnSaturday, May 14, at 9 p.m., a candlelight vigil will be held for all Missourifirefighterswho have died while serving their communities. OnSunday, May 15, at 10:30 a.m., the names of four Missourifirefighterswho died in the line of duty in 2015 will be added to the monument wall commemorating Missourifirefighterswho made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting their fellow Missouri citizens.

Other Missourifirefighterswho passed away during 2015 will also be remembered during the ceremonies.

Thefirefighterswhose names will be added to theFire Fighters Line of Duty Memorial Wallare:

– Battalion Chief Christopher A. Tindall, age 41, South Metropolitan Fire Protection District, Jan. 8, 2015.
Battalion Chief 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,May 3, 2015.
Engineer-Firefighter 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 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, and Firefighter John V. Mesh, age 39,Kansas City Fire Department, Oct. 12, 2015.
Fire Apparatus Operator 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.

Both events will take place at the Fire Fighters Memorial of Missouri, which is located one block northwest of the I-70 & U.S. Highway 54 intersection (I-70 Exit 148) in Kingdom City, Mo.In case of inclement weather, events will be moved to Auxvasse Elementary School, 650 E. Harrison St., Auxvasse, MO 65231.

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