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    The only additional info from the news tonight is that the Captain was 57 years old.

    Also, another firefighter on the rig reportedly has serious injuries as well.

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    My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, relatives, and fellow brothers in KCMO.

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    May God be with his family and his brothers during this difficult time.
    Stay alert and be safe.

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    Rest in Peace, Brother. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the KC Firefighters and their families

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    from one KC boy to my fellow brothers, my prayers go out to all of you guys, his family, and his friends. thanks for all of your work and dedication to everyone

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    Prayers go out to all of the family and firefighters involved and affected.

    51 Pride - R.I.P. Sandy
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    Unhappy L.O.D.D. of Gerald McGowan

    The officers and members of the Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 offer our condolences to the brothers and sisters of the KC Fire Department with the tragic loss of Capt McGowan. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends, and those injured and we ish a speedy recovery for those injured.

    Rest in peace brother!

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    Another preventable death..

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A fire truck involved in an accident
    that killed a veteran Kansas City firefighter had faulty brakes,
    according to a police report.
    Acting captain Gerald McGowan, 57, became the 100th Kansas City
    firefighter killed in the line of duty when the pumper crashed into
    a tree in early September. Four others were injured.
    A police report, obtained by The Kansas City Star on Wednesday,
    said the truck's brakes were "out of adjustment" and that the
    35,400-pound pumper could have stopped 70 feet before hitting the
    tree if they had worked properly.
    Assistant city attorney Alan Holtkamp told The Star that the
    Kansas City Fire Department expected to be involved in litigation
    because of the accident, so the city would not allow employees or
    officials to comment on the report. Spokespeople at the Fire
    Department did not return messages left by The Associated Press
    late Wednesday night.
    The accident happened Sept. 5 when a car turned left in front of
    the fire truck. The driver of the truck hit the brakes as the
    pumper struck the car's left front corner. The truck then skidded
    across asphalt, struck a stopped car and hit a tree. Three other
    firefighters and the driver of the second car were treated for
    The driver of the first car, LaDonna Davis, 37, was unharmed,
    but she has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and driving
    while her license was revoked. The police report noted that even if
    the truck's brakes had been properly adjusted, it could not have
    avoided hitting Davis' car.
    Prosecutors said the brake troubles were not relevant to their
    case against Davis, who told police she did not see or hear the
    fire truck approaching.
    "When a driver puts an accident into motion by failing to yield
    and turning in front of a fire truck, they become responsible for
    anything that happens in that accident," said spokesman John
    Liebnitz. "The driver is responsible for all foreseeable and
    nonforeseeable consequences."
    The police report said that if the pumper had been considered a
    commercial vehicle, it "would have been in violation" of federal
    law and "placed out of service," meaning it would have to be
    repaired before returning to service. Government vehicles are
    exempt from commercial vehicle inspection.
    The Fire Department has said it has two employees who perform
    most repairs, but some work such as transmission and brake jobs, is
    done by outside shops.
    This is not the first time questions have arisen about
    maintenance of Kansas City Fire Department vehicles.
    City Auditor Mark Funkhouser warned in a 1991 report that there
    wasn't adequate preventive maintenance and vehicles were too old. A
    1995 audit found that little had changed.
    In 1996, so many of the Fire Department's aerial trucks had
    mechanical and safety problems that the department used a
    30-year-old truck that had been mothballed.
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