Mo. firefighter dies from medical emergency during fire call

Independence Firefighter David F. Jameson Jr., 52, reported feeling short of breath and was later found unresponsive in a pumper truck

Duty Death: David F. Jameson Jr. - [Independence, Missouri]

End of Service: 05/07/2020

UPDATE 3:50 p.m. PST: The firefighter has been identified as David F. Jameson Jr., 52, who served the Independence Fire Department for 23 years as a firefighter and a hazmat technician, Fire Chief Doug Short said in a statement

Kaitlyn Schwers
The Kansas City Star

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — An Independence firefighter died after experiencing a medical emergency while responding to a fire call Thursday afternoon, the city announced.

The firefighter’s name has not yet been released.

According to a news release from the city, the fire department was called to investigate a report of a residential fire around 1 p.m. in the 9600 block of 33rd Street South. Stations 2, 3, 4 and 5 responded.

When crews arrived, one of the firefighters reported feeling short of breath. The firefighter remained in the truck while others responded to the fire, which was determined to be an illegal open burn.

When they returned to the pumper truck, the news release stated, crews found the firefighter unresponsive.

Crews began rendering aid to the firefighter and he was taken to Centerpoint Medical Center in critical condition He was later pronounced dead.

The city said further details would be released pending family notification.

Firefighters and public officials from around the Kansas City metro have responded to the news Thursday, offering their condolences and messages of support to the Independence Fire Department.


©2020 The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.)


City of Independence Fire Department announces line of duty death At approximately 1 p.m. today, Stations 2, 3, 4, and...

Posted by City of Independence, MO, Government on Thursday, May 7, 2020


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